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Installing Window Boxes the Right Way

Ever wonder how these things just 'float' under windows?

Ever wonder how these things just ‘float’ under windows?

Planter boxes are timeless and beautiful home and garden additions. A well maintained window box planter can add a touch of elegance to any home. At HooksandLattice.com, you can choose from lots of different kinds of container designs and materials, like vinyl, wood, fiberglass, and various types of metal, but the material with the most versatility is that of the composite PVC window boxes.

Life’s Easier with PVC

PVC planter boxes have the appearance of wood and can be custom painted by HooksandLattice.com, like this ArmorCoat Bronze Laguna with Cleat Mounting System, which is actually a real bronze coating (install guide included). PVC composite material looks as elegant as true wood without the hassle of maintenance. PVC window boxes don’t feel like plastic, and when painted, they look and feel like actual wood.  Unlike vinyl, wood, and most metal boxes, a cellular PVC will not rot, bend, sag, crack, or rust.

How to Perform Your Window Box Installation

An improperly hung window box can not only cause damage to your home, but can also cause serious injuries to yourself and others. The following instructions are included only as an installation guide, and because PVC boxes can be installed on almost any siding, specific instructions will vary. Be sure to contact a licensed contractor for your project before you hang your PVC window box.

Measuring

For the most traditional and simple way to hang a new window box, use a direct mount window box planter. Before making your purchase, you want to make sure that you’ve got the right sized window boxes. As a general rule of thumb, it is recommended that you measure the window you intend to use so your planter box doesn’t extend more than four inches past your window.

Mounting for Wood/Vinyl/Stucco

  • Use a stud finder to locate the studs in your wall underneath the chosen window. Mark the spot of each stud. Not having a planter box properly secured to a stud in the wall is the quickest way to bring it and maybe even part of your wall to the ground.
  • Center the planter box underneath your window. Transfer the markings from the studs to your container and drill holes into the box. It is important to properly align your markings before you transfer them and start drilling so your project will be level.
  • Recenter the box underneath your window and mark the wall through the holes you just drilled in the box. This is where you will drill the pilot holes into your siding. If you don’t properly align your markings, you’ll be sure to have a lopsided planter box.
  • Drill the bolt holes through the marking you made on your siding, then bolt your container to the wall. PVC window boxes are often heavy, so it may suit you to use other tools, like heavy duty clips in addition to your bolts to keep your planter box secure.

 

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Do I need Brackets?

Before bolting composite flower boxes to the wall, you may want to add a pair of decorative brackets to your direct mount for additional decorative flair and support for your container. A window box can be heavy on its own, but its weight grows even more when you add soil and plants. While not necessarily required, decorative brackets can be useful to provide support in windy or otherwise dangerous areas. Click here to peruse both decorative and functional support brackets. Installing planters on brick or masonry? Our installation guides cover both!

Now that you know how to hang window boxes, your house is posed to be the talk of the neighborhood. Explore our selection of charming PVC window boxes and brackets on HooksandLattice.com to bring some variety into your home and garden today.

Use window planter reservoirs for container gardening success.

2015’s Top 6 Gardening Resolutions and Trends

It’s that time of year again, the time for making resolutions. Whether your resolutions are to get to the gym more, go to sleep earlier, or save more money, we’ve complied a couple resolutions that will still fall in line with the classic ones and a couple that that will be trending in the New Year.

Here are 2015’s Top 6 Gardening Resolutions & Trends:

  1. Get outside more. Take a walk around your building at lunch, walk around the block with your family after dinner, or do a little spring prep in the garden to ensure for a prosperous garden come springtime. Try container gardening if you’re in a region of the country where it’s just too cold to be outside right now. Window boxes with a cleat hanging system make perfect containers for small space gardening. Plant whatever your heart desires (keep in mind the small space), keep the box inside until it’s warmer outside, and then hang it below your window once it’s warm enough outside. Click Here to find out When and How to Start Seeds Indoors.
Egg carton and egg shells with young plants

Do-it-yourself seed starting in eggshells! Image from Hew and Sew.

  1. Use new gardening tools. If you’re an avid gardener or you’re just starting out, gardening tools are you best friends. Start off the New Year with new gardening tools. They’ll be all clean and shiny and you’ll want to get in the garden and yard ASAP to break them in. This is also a great time of year to order your garden trellises so they’re ready to use when you buy plants in the Spring.
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  1. Improve your home’s curb appeal. This is a biggie. You’re lucky if this can be accomplished in one afternoon, but for the rest of you, this will be an ongoing but incredibly rewarding project! All it takes is some motivation (like seeing a gorgeous house on Pinterest), dedication, and a plan. You can improve your home’s curb appeal by simply mowing the grass, trimming the grass along the sidewalk, and pruning bushes and trees. But if you really want to differentiate your home from all the other houses on the block, think about installing exterior window shutters, window boxes, or flanking your front door with planters with tall topiaries. Click Here to meet Sage, she’s our curb appeal expert. Follow us on YouTube and we’ll let you know when she has her next curb appeal tips video!

  1. Try new plants. This may seem daunting as you are probably very comfortable in your current flower/plant situation. But isn’t that was the New Year is all about, trying something different? Add a more colorful arrangement of flowers to your planters, mix it up with different heights and densities of plants, and plant some veggies that you’d like to cook up later to go along with the next resolution.
"A Cheerful Hello" - WindowBoxContest.com Entry

“A Cheerful Hello” – WindowBoxContest.com Entry

  1. Eat healthier. This one can be a little difficult for those of you that work from sun up to sun down but there are small and also very affordable ways you can make small changes that will make a huge difference later. You can grow your own herbs in your kitchen. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love fresh basil and mint? With container gardening, you can even grow mushrooms, tomatoes, and micro greens right on your countertop. Click Here to view seed starters and tabletop grow boxes.
This should spice things up!

This should spice things up!

  1. Save more money. Isn’t this something everyone strives for in the New Year? You can accomplish this multiple ways this year. Save money on your water bill by using planter reservoirs in your pots and hanging baskets so you never need to worry about over or under watering your plants. You can also save money on your water bill by planting drought-tolerant plants that naturally require less water. Dramatically reduce your grocery expenses by growing your own herbs, veggies, tomatoes, and lettuce. You can even plan ahead and start growing your own lemon tree for delicious citrus in the coming years! Click Here to view planter reservoirs.
    Use window planter reservoirs for container gardening success.

    Use window planter reservoirs for container gardening success.

    You can shop all of these great gardening solutions at www.HooksandLattice.com, or simply pick up the phone and call us for guidance: 1-800-896-0978.

 

Shown: Galvanized Metal Window Box/Liner with a custom artificial arrangement.

Give the Gift of Guaranteed Curb Appeal

Feeling that last minute holiday push? Time to break out the Hooks and Lattice Gift Cards for office parties, family gatherings and Christmas morning stocking stuffers. Online garden shopping sprees make the best gifts for mom, dad, a friend or neighbor. Anyone on your list known for always having a DIY project on tap! They’ll just love picking out their own home and garden goodies.

Shown: Galvanized Metal Window Box/Liner with a custom artificial arrangement.

Shown: Galvanized Metal Window Box/Liner with a custom artificial arrangement.

Holiday Gift Shopping to Fit Any Budget

Are you after the best gifts for dads, grandparents, siblings, friends and gift trades within a particular price range? Hooks and Lattice Gift Certificates hit any dollar requirement right on the nose. Even cater to those window boxes you know mom’s been dying to buy, but don’t trust yourself to pick out. Before shopping our e-gift cards online, here are a few ideas at different price points to help you choose the right amount:

Stocking Stuffers and Gifts Under $25

It may not seem like a whole lot, but a $25 Hooks and Lattice Gift Certificate has plenty to offer DIY tinkerers and small space dwellers. Even a little something for the kids.

Terrariums are all the rage right now for DIY-savvy home and office decorators.
For those shopping in the $25 and under range, there’s this set of 3 Rhapsody Ceramic Terrariums, as well as individual glass bubbles and teardrop terrariums. Great for sprucing up houses, apartments and even cubicles with modern plant decor.

Glass Terrarium Planters - Ceiling, wall mount and tabletop

Glass Terrarium Planters – Shop ceiling mount, wall mount and tabletop designs.

Fork & Spade Decorative Garden Stakes are a fun opportunity for growers at any level.
Stick them in planting containers or nestle into the ground, then enjoy filling terra cotta pots with small flowers, moss or herbs. Great for giving kids their own small space garden to tend.

Garden Gifts Under $50         

A $50 Garden Gift Certificate proves a nice round number for Secret Santa trades, bosses and neighbors. And at this slightly higher dollar amount, there’s plenty of charming choices in store.

Like easy, stylish DIY Living Wall Planters.
This square iron frame features nine individual planting cells spread across three rows. Great for first-timers and experienced vertical gardeners alike. This rectangular design with a moisture mat also comes in at under $50 and offers its own distinctive layout.

And elegant moss obelisks.
This set of three spiraling obelisks makes the ultimate year-round decoration, but one can also imagine them glowing in the light of bright Christmas bulbs. Joy to shopping with Hooks and Lattice E-Gift Cards!

Big Ticket Curb Appeal

Have some surplus bucks to spend on the extra-special gardeners in your life? The best gifts for mom and dad, brother and sister, or grandparents just might be a little help jump-starting those home improvement projects they’ve had on the shelf.

Shown: Arch Decora Window Box with Liner, Terracotta Sprouting Kit and Amaryllis Grow Box

Shown: Arch Decora Window Box with Liner, Terracotta Sprouting Kit and Amaryllis Grow Box

Window boxes to bring wintertime cheer.
Noticed your sister’s been pinning a ton of container garden arrangements on her Pinterest board lately? Take the not-so-subtle hint and surprise her with a $100 Garden Supply Gift Card to go toward the project! Many of our composite, fiberglass, wrought iron and aluminum window box styles fall within this price range, depending on size and quantity.

Exterior window shutters, galore!
Put them on their way to curb appeal renewal with a $250 Home and Garden Gift Card to go toward decorative window shutters. This generous dollar amount will provide a good head start on all of our most popular vinyl shutter styles including board-n-batten, louvered, raised panel and combination patterns.

Check out more holiday gift card ideas for Christmas 2014 – visit us at http://www.HooksAndLattice.com! We’re also on Facebook and Pinterest.

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Introducing ‘Can Do’ Curb Appeal Ideas with Sage!

We all love that friend with the creative, easy curb appeal ideas. The DIY-savvy type who makes us say to ourselves, “I want to try that!” Wouldn’t it be great to have that type of thrifty pal at your beckon call?

Now you can.

It’s with pleasure that we introduce Sage – the newest member of the Hooks and Lattice community. Like our customers, she can’t get enough of a good home and garden project. From window shutters and flower boxes, to indoor terrariums and home decor, Sage has tried it all! And now she’s here to share her tips and tricks with you.

No project is perfect.

And that’s part of the fun! Because the only way to know which home and garden ideas will ultimately succeed is to try. With the right tools, products and tips, more curb appeal ideas can be transformed into gorgeous results. Sage is no stranger to the bumps that sometimes surface along the way. Take advantage of her knowhow to help make your DIY projects smoother and more enjoyable.

Really, it’s about sharing the curb appeal love.

At Hooks and Lattice, we’re passionate about all things home and garden. We want Sage and her “Can Do Curb Appeal” ideas to serve as a useful extension of this enthusiasm. Ultimately, it’s about a sense of community to improve communities. Because when a house is truly a home, people and families tend to be happier and healthier.

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Get in on all of Sage’s home and garden adventures.

Whether you’re looking for new ideas, help with an ongoing project, or just comparing notes, Sage is your collaborator. And she’s not afraid to offer her opinion! Her “Sage” advice also includes notes on what not to do, which is something every DIY’er can appreciate.

So, you ask, what can I expect? All sorts of goodies. In each “Can Do Curb Appeal” segment Sage will be working on a new project. And it could be anywhere! From small space balcony gardening, to projects out in the yard. She also has ideas for sprucing up interior design, growing plants indoors, and much, much more!

How can I find the latest curb appeal tips and tricks?

Let Sage come to you via your Facebook and Twitter feed, or check in with us on the Hooks and Lattice website and blog. Have an idea for what Sage’s next project should be? Give us a shout on social media or drop us an email at info@hooksandlattice.com. And don’t be shy! We love it when our customers share their curb appeal trials, triumphs and inspirations! It’s the reason we do what we do.

See how the color pops? The flowers are bright, and the window box (Arch Decora Shown) is an architectural element all on its own!

Lucky 7 Decorative Planter Liners

Wrought iron window boxes and decorative planter liners add instant curb appeal to any home. Imagine the front of your home as it is. Maybe it’s a little plain, or maybe you have some nice landscaping in the yard. Now imagine splashes of pink, yellow, orange and blue spilling out of planters hung under the windows of your home.

Now that you have pictured the final product, it’s time to get down to details. HooksAndLattice.com offers a variety of window box liners that are sure to meet your needs.

See how the color pops? The flowers are bright, and the window box (Arch Decora Shown) is an architectural element all on its own!

See how the color pops? The flowers are bright, and the window box (Arch Decora Shown) is an architectural element all on its own!

Many of our customers choose to purchase our metal window box liners because of their versatility. Something like a galvanized window box with oil rubbed bronze finish is the perfect example. This elegant, yet simple window box is well suited for a number of uses. Many customers use this as a planter insert, for example, placing it inside a wrought iron window box cage. This style of planter insert is also capable of being used as is topping deck railings, hanging from railings using supports or of course hung under a window.

If the smooth finish is not to your taste but you love the bronze color, consider a textured bronze galvanized decorative plant liner. This rust resistant window box has a hammered finish giving it loads of character. With a variety of sizes available online, you are sure to find a product to fit your project.

Of course bronze finishes are not the only option you have when shopping for metal window box liners. Another classic choice of top shelf materials for outdoor applications is copper. A real copper window box is unique in the fact that it will change over time. Starting out the same color as a shiny new penny, this precious metal planter ages with dignity. It gains a sophisticated green patina over the years, depending on use and the weather it’s exposed to.

Like modern design? This sleek black window box makes the yellow and orange tones pop!

Like modern design? This sleek black window box insert makes the yellow and orange tones pop!

These bronze finished and real copper window box liners are great for adding a classic look to any home. If you are after a more modern look something like the Galvanized Black Metal outdoor planter gives you just the style you are after. Aside from looking great, this planter insert is of the highest quality construction. Formed of galvanized sheet metal and then powder coated to prevent rust, you will be enjoying this window box for years to come.

As you can see, HooksAndLattice.com makes a point to offer a variety of products to suit the tastes and needs of our customers. For our full line of window boxes, planters, and other home and garden accessories be sure to visit our website. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please call us at 1-800-896-0978 to discuss building custom planters.

window box on vinyl siding

How to Hang Window Boxes on Vinyl Siding

If you’re one of the millions of homeowners nationwide with vinyl siding, chances are you value materials and products that are long-lasting, low-maintenance and beautiful. As such, desired tips for increasing curb appeal should be affordable, durable and doable from a DIY perspective. The perfect project? Hanging window planters!

With the help of this how-to guide, installing a window box on vinyl siding is made easy. Here at Hooks And Lattice, our mission is to improve curb appeal for every abode, from ranch homes to colonials. And being that vinyl is the #1 siding used in the United States, many a homeowner will find this tutorial useful learning how to hang window boxes on vinyl siding.

When deciding how to hang a window box planter, there are essentially two options to choose from:

Option #1: Direct Mount with Bolts

Option #2: Mounting Hooks For Vinyl

Deciding between the two is really a matter of preference. There’s no single best way to hang window boxes on vinyl siding, although we recommend a direct mount installation. Read on to see why.

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Wow does this house need window boxes!
For dual-span windows, try one long window planter for a comprehensive look.

Installing Window Boxes Directly to Vinyl Siding

The Perks:

  • Simple and stable for a lasting mount
  • Lower risk of coming unattached compared w/ vinyl hooks
  • Greater weight bearing capabilities
  • Mounts flush to siding for a polished look
window box on vinyl siding

A hayrack trough planter dresses up this dormer window.
Raised panel shutters frame the opening for a polished exterior display.

Supply List:

  • Correctly sized window box
  • Mounting bolts
  • Stud finder
  • Pencil or marker

How To Install:

  • Find the wooden studs beneath vinyl siding. You will be drilling straight through in order to anchor mounting bolts right into studs.
  • Measure your garden container to determine the distance between mounting brackets or holes in the frame. You will align this with your stud spacing.

Note: If using a Hooks And Lattice Window Box made of wood, composite PVC or one of our metal cages, your container is compatible with standard 16″-18″ stud spacing.

  • Use window box measurements to identify mounting position. Then mark your spots on the vinyl clearly to guide drilling.
  • Drill starter holes into siding. Just enough to give the bolt an opening that will help to guide it through.
  • Thread your first bolt through a pre-drilled mounting hole on the window box. Depending on their position, either begin with one side or, if there’s a center bracket or mounting tab, begin here.
  • Attach your container to siding. Depending on how comfortable you are holding up the weight of your window box, this part can be a one or two-person job. While supporting the full weight of the planter, drill in your first threaded bolt all the way through to wood siding, just shy of tightening all the way.
  • Finally, add remaining bolts and repeat the step above. Once the last is in and you’ve checked to make sure the display is straight, tighten bolts the rest of the way to secure the mount.

Now you’re ready to try out all of your favorite container garden arrangements for spring, summer, fall and winter. For homes in colder climates, be sure to choose a weather resistant flower planter or choose window boxes with removable liners that are easy to winterize and store.

"A Cheerful Hello" - WindowBoxContest.com Entry

Results of the 2013 Window Box Contest Are In!

Love to admire gorgeous railing and window planters teeming with botanicals? You’re not the only one! It’s this appreciation for the best window boxes and flower arrangements that makes Hooks & Lattice so proud to sponsor the nationwide Window Box Contest each year.

Today, we congratulate the 2013 contest winners across four categories. Additionally, to all entrants, we warmly thank you for participating. Each contestant serves to grow our online community of passionate container gardeners. And it’s our belief that the more beauty and inspiration there is to go around, the better.

Now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for – it’s time to announce the victors!

 

Winner #1 – Window Planters On A Wall

"Seeing Red"

“Seeing Red”

Our first category was ripe with competition last year. But in the end, Stella Anastasia’s Seeing Redarrangement proved simply irresistible. Tapered Copper Window Boxes provide the ideal contrast against bright white siding. And the whole presentation pops beneath a noteworthy red roof.

 


 

"A Cheerful Hello"

“A Cheerful Hello”

 

Winner # 2 – Railing Planters Category

And the prize goes to: A Cheerful Helloby Joe McGarvey. This green thumb knew what he was doing with texture and color, layering in dimensional vine and floral combos. And making the whole display possible is two affordable railing planter boxes – beautiful and budget friendly. Couldn’t be any better if we’d dreamt it.


Winner #3 – Most Creative Window Box

"Marvelous Mandevilla"

“Marvelous Mandevilla”

Our winner is “Marvelous Mandevilla” submitted by Joanne Ahern. Can you believe this was once an unremarkable greenhouse riddled with exposed valves and eyesores? Joanne really outdid herself using a pair of window planters and cleverly placed mirrors to finish her space off in gorgeous fashion.


Winner #4 – Before & After

Sweet, sweet curb appeal is the real winner in this category. Along with contestant Stefanie Meyers and her “Summer of Abundant Colors” entry. Talk about a transformation! This clever homeowner used our Presidential Vinyl Window Boxes in red to match her front door. And by adding flower arrangements for shade she capitalized on a tricky environment, resulting in a spotlight on her light grey home’s exterior.

"Summer of

“Summer of

Abundant Color"

Abundant Color”


You Could Be A Winner in 2014!

All you have to do is enter by uploading photos onto the contest website.

This year we will feature three exciting categories of competition. Along with bragging rights, winners will receive garden-centric prizes to delight their taste for outdoor living. Let the container gardening games begin!

Kids Gardening – How to Get Everyone Involved at Home

Forget the TV, smart phones, and other gadgets-this summer get your kids outdoors with fun garden activities for the whole family! Gardening is a fun project for kids and teaches them useful skills, all while they enjoy time outdoors with the family. Here are three easy garden projects to get your kids involved:

Terrarium

A terrarium is small enough that it is manageable for a child, and the great growth conditions ensure that nearly everything they plant will thrive. Terrariums are great year round, or if you live in a climate that makes outdoor gardening difficult. It also creates a conversation piece and allows your child to show off their work! To begin, pick out a terrarium container. A great option is this fun apple shaped terrarium. Next, have your child help pick out the plants. Because terrariums act like mini-greenhouses, plants like succulents and cacti are great options. Pair with some river rocks and soil, and soon the plants will be growing. Terrariums can be placed indoors or outdoors and work on nearly every surface, even hung from the ceiling.

Photo Credit: tienvijftien

Give the kids a breath of fresh air this summer with fun garden projects that are just their size!
Photo Credit: tienvijftien

Window boxes

For a project that will always be in view, have your child take charge of a window planter. Wooden planters are great options because they are durable and will match whatever your child decides to plant inside. This redwood planter can be used as a window box or even as a standalone planter. Your child’s creativity can run wild when picking flowers and plants for the box-just remember to take into account the location of the planter in regards to sun and water needs. By picking a variety of colors, heights, and textures, your child can create their own masterpiece in plant form and it will be right outside the window to enjoy each day!

Outdoor planters

A large garden can be intimidating for children, but many outdoor planters come in sizes that are perfect for little fingers. If your child needs a little gardening motivation, consider giving them a uniquely shaped planter to pique their interest. These volcanic rock planters are a fun option. For a larger project, this vertical pot garden allows kids to be in charge of just a few small pots that will still have a big impact. Help your child choose the right materials for planting, such as soil, fertilizer, and plants. Be sure to choose plants that will work in your climate and that are durable enough to withstand a novice junior gardener.

Gardening is a perfect family activity and a great chance for kids to get their hands dirty in a comfortable environment. With these fun kids gardening ideas, your family will be growing their green thumbs in no time!

Flower Box Holders for Railings

We all know that flower boxes are a great way to add life and color to any home. No matter how dull the walls might look, window boxes will add an element of cheerfulness and freshness to the image, significantly improving your home’s appeal. Moreover, you can also increase your house’s curb appeal by placing window boxes on railings, thus embellishing stairways, balconies or terraces.

This is done with the help of flower box holders which, as the name suggests, allow you to attach your flower box to railing and support the weight of the planters. There are different kinds of holders, and they differ in terms of size, design and, most importantly, the type of the railing they are compatible with and the way in which they attach themselves to the railing.

Wrought iron railing brackets suspend a beautifully planted Fiberglass Supreme window box.

Wrought iron railing brackets suspend a beautifully planted Fiberglass Supreme window box.

Holders for wood railings

Railing brackets for wood decks allow you to attach planters securely without having to drill any holes in the material. This is very practical, as it allows you to rearrange planters whenever you feel like making a décor change, without worrying about any unaesthetic holes. These planters use either adjustable railing hooks which allow them to fit on railings of different width, or a clamp system that utilizes an adjustable screw so that it can be attached to any wooden railings, regardless of their thickness.

Holders for wrought iron railings

Many homes use wrought iron railings, which require less maintenance and have a longer lifespan than their wooden counterparts. Rail planters are attached to the deck through brackets similar to the ones for wooden railings. You can choose either adjustable deck railings or metal brackets for your specific rail width.

You can find a great diversity of models of metal brackets for your specific needs. Make sure that you know the measurements of the window box you want to mount on the specific railing, as some types of holders are compatible with window boxes up to a certain width and/or length. And, if you are not opting for an adjustable holder, don’t forget to measure accurately the width of your railing before placing your order. Click Here to contact us for consultation.

All holders on the market are coated with a special finish which makes them impervious to water and humidity, and thus less prone to rust.  This ensures a long life expectancy of these products, making them a cost-efficient purchase which can help you add to the curb appeal of your home for many years to come.

A flower box beneath a window with shutters

What Size Window Boxes Should You Use?

A home with several window boxes

A good rule of thumb: Match the width of the flower box to the width of the window. Use smaller flower boxes on smaller windows, and larger ones on larger windows.

Matching the right window box to your home can add curb appeal, but there are many things to consider before making a final decision. What materials should the box be made of? How big should the box be? What size and depth is best for the plants that you want to pair with your home?

A flower box beneath a window with shutters

For windows with shutters, consider using a flower box wider than the window.

 

Window Box Length Tips

Once you’ve settled on a flower box material and style, deciding how long your new window boxes should be is the next big decision. In general, window boxes look best if they are the same width as the window, but there are exceptions to the rule. For example, if your home has shutters or wide exterior trim pieces, you may want your window boxes to run under these architectural features or sit slightly inside. Since many windows are around three feet long, almost every window box style is available in 30″ and 36″ lengths.

When placing a window box on a deck or porch railing, it should fill the space without making the railing unusable. Leave several inches between the end of the window box and any steps so that your growing plants don’t make these spaces unsafe. Use a cardboard cut-out or chalk outline to help yourself visualize the perfect window box for your space if you’re unsure of the right size.

an eight foot long window box under a window

This 96″ long window box was custom made for a homeowner who wanted something impressive! Very long flower boxes look stately.

For a very long window, railing, or fence, you can either mount several small window boxes or one large one. Most Hooks & Lattice window boxes can be purchased in 60″ and 72″ lengths, and many can be manufactured in even larger custom sizes. We’ve built flower boxes over 100″ inches long! Long window boxes look dramatic and impressive; just remember that you’ll probably need some serious help to lift and mount them.

An XL window box

This extra-wide, extra-deep window box has lots of room for plants and their roots.

 

Window Box Depth & Width

Window box suppliers like Hooks & Lattice usually offer our most popular boxes with standard dimensions and extra-large boxes that are wider and deeper than usual. Standard boxes are a good fit for many homes, but sometimes the extra-large flower boxes are more appropriate. Organic Gardening magazine recommends measuring the height of your windows before settling on a size. A box that is 20 to 25 percent of the height of your window feels adequately robust on most homes. If you choose very large brackets for your flower boxes, consider their visual impact in your decision as well.

Bigger boxes have a practical benefit: Because they hold more soil, they won’t dry out as quickly, and so they will allow you to plant less drought-tolerant plants. For this reason, we recommend that gardeners in hot climates use XL hayrack window boxes instead of hayrack planters in normal sizes. Deep flower boxes also work better for perennial plants, which tend to root more deeply than annuals. Extra-large boxes are more flexible to plant, even allowing multiple rows of small annuals if you want to create layers of colors.

This cedar flower box is just 6" deep, so your flowers will draw most of the attention.

This cedar flower box is just 6″ deep, so your flowers will draw most of the attention.

On the other hand, shallow boxes look nice on homes with delicate features, since the smaller box and brackets won’t overwhelm the home’s architectural details. Small window boxes won’t stand out in an obvious fashion, instead providing a subtle space for gardening. Our Tapered Cedar Window Box is just 6″ high, putting the spotlight on your plants. These smaller boxes are great for annuals, herbs and artificial plants. Because they hold less soil, they’ll weigh less, making them easier to lift and mount.

As with any décor decision, you should be aware of these design suggestions but ultimately choose whatever looks best to you. Don’t be afraid to defy convention! With some skill, almost anything can look great. Above all, window box gardening should be a fun and relaxing way to express your creativity. Experiment with different options and find the one that suits your style. Need flower box sizing advice? Comment below and we’ll let you know what we think!