Ready for summer vacation? While you’re getting packed and ready, don’t forget to make a plan for plant care while you’re away! Especially in the hot summer months, when plants (and especially plants in containers) need more water to keep hydrated, is it important to water them regularly. But exactly how do you do this […]
Make a stunning first impression on house guests and passersby with our gorgeous copper-lined window boxes! With a subtle glow that only 100% real copper can create, these copper liners give your curb appeal an instant lift. And since the current copper trend for interior design isn’t going away anytime soon, you can enjoy these […]
As a self-proclaimed “brown thumb gardener” (somewhere between green and black), I am always looking for low-maintenance gardening tips and tricks to make my greenery look—and stay looking—great with little care. That is why I’ve compiled this list of plants and flowers that are as hardy as they are pretty, and perfect for fiberglass flower boxes.
From the wrought iron window boxes of ancient France to the hayrack trough planters of traditional English cottage gardens, using planter boxes has long been a European tradition. In those days, the use was mostly utilitarian: they housed plants used for food and medicine. Now, window boxes are mostly used for home decoration, and some […]
Adding window flower boxes to your outdoor space can instantly transform your home from boring to brilliant, sending curb appeal into the stratosphere. At Hooks & Lattice, we offer the best selection of stylish window boxes you’ll find anywhere. We’re proud to introduce our new Wayfarer wrought iron planter boxes to the collection. Like the popular European and Arch window boxes, the Wayfarer window planter draws inspiration from elegant Tuscan design. True to the style, this window box is all about wrought iron, flowing lines, and earthy elegance. And the ornate scrollwork adds a touch of whimsy. All three styles of window box can lend rustic Old World charm to your façade. To get the quintessential Tuscan feel, fill your Wayfarer planter with a combination of lavender, rosemary, and sage.
The Classic Wrought-Iron Flower Box: Upgraded
The classic wrought-iron look has been popular for ages, but when constructed in the classic way, iron outdoor accessories won’t last for ages. Our Wayfarer planters are handcrafted using heavy-duty steel. Stronger than traditional wrought iron, these durable planter cages will last for many years while still giving you that timeless look. To make them even more fit for outdoor display, we add a black powder-coat finish. These planters will withstand all seasons for years to come.
Perfect Window Flower Cages for Any Home
You don’t have to live in an Italian villa to incorporate the Wayfarer window box into your décor. This window box matches with any type of architecture. And the best part? You can customize it to get the look you want. We offer eight stunning window box liners to coordinate with your cage. Among these is our popular rot-proof white PVC liner. Or, to exemplify the Tuscan theme, you might choose one of our galvanized metal liners in bronze or real copper. From small kitchen windows to sprawling deck railings, these planter boxes come in sizes to fit any space.
Boosting Curb Appeal is as Easy as 1, 2, 3!
Creating a fresh new look for your home is so simple that any homeowner can do it. All you need to do is:
- Choose your mounting location. Don’t just restrict them to their traditional location below your windows – these versatile planter cages are ready to hang anywhere! Give new life to empty fence lines, bare walls, and uninspiring deck railings.
- Install your window box. Well designed with the average do-it-yourselfer in mind, all of our window boxes are easy to mount. They include predrilled mounting tabs for both vertical and horizontal installation. Find all the hardware you need in our online selection, or choose our convenient railing brackets for decks, patios, or porches.
- Let your garden grow! Fill the planter liner or 8” pots with soil, then add your plants or seeds. You’ll enjoy a bountiful hanging garden in no time!
For installation and planting suggestions for achieving the Tuscan look, our friendly customer service team is available via phone and online chat Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm Pacific Time.
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Are you searching for a simple solution for keeping your plants healthy? By using self-watering planters, you do not have to worry about regular watering. You simply fill the self-watering reservoirs for window boxes and your plants take care of the rest – remaining hydrated weeks at a time, depending on weather conditions.
Thanks to this easy-to-use container irrigation setup, you no longer need a green thumb to maintain your plant life. Read on to learn how to make DIY self-watering planters for residential or commercial use.
What is a Self-Watering Reservoir?
As the name implies, self-watering reservoirs for window boxes and planters allow your plants to absorb water as needed. They are essentially plastic containers with a tube extending from the top.
You can find them in a wide selection of sizes and shapes, to accommodate any planter. This includes our 36x8x3-inch rectangular self-watering reservoir, which fits rectangular planters. For a large square planter, we have a 24x24x3-inch reservoir – along with dozens of other options, including custom reservoirs to fit your planter.
In this educational container gardening video, Claire covers how to make any window box planter self-watering in just minutes. Click to watch or shop planter box reservoirs online.
How Do You Use Self-Watering Planters?
Self-watering planters are incredibly easy to use. They also ensure that your plants do not receive too much or too little water. You just need to choose the right size. Plants will wick moisture from the surrounding 9 inches of soil, depending on the plan and planter size. So, your reservoir should be no more than 18-inches shorter than the length of your planter, again proportional relative to size.
There are just 3 steps to using your reservoir to keep your plants hydrated:
Step 1 – Arranging Your Reservoir
First, you place a thin layer of gravel along the bottom of your planter. This will help provide drainage in the event that you add too much water. Top off the gravel with an inch or two of soil. You then set your reservoir on top of the gravel and soil layers. The included fill tube
Step 2 – Adding Soil and Plants
With your reservoir in place, you can begin adding soil. As you add soil, tamp it down, while avoiding packing too firmly. Make sure that you allow the reservoir tube to extend from the surface of your soil.
Once you add soil, you can add plants as usual. You can hide the tube, but you should ensure that you can still easily pour water into it.
Step 3 – Fill Your Reservoir with Water
The final step is to fill your reservoir with water. Pour water until you can see water in the tube. Through capillary action, your plants will absorb as much water as they need. You no longer have to deal with over or under-watering.
Generally, a full reservoir should keep your plants hydrated for up to 2 weeks. This makes PlanterWell reservoirs great for residential and commercial use. Conserve water and keep plants hydrated as needed while reducing maintenance time and increasing curb appeal with beautiful containers.
You should be able to tell when the reservoir is empty by looking through the watering tube. Shining a light down the tube could help with this process. Much like you check the oil levels of your vehicle you can also use a dowel to measure water levels. You should refill your reservoir in the mornings before the plants begin to receive their sunlight for the day for best results.
Simplify Your Plant Care with Water Reservoirs
Caring for plants is not always easy. You may forget to water them regularly or you may not have the time to keep your plants watered. For this reason, many turn to the best-kept secret in container gardening – self-watering reservoirs.
If you want to simplify the way you care for your plants, then consider using self-watering planters. You can start with a self-watering reservoir DIY project or purchase any of our durable pre-made reservoirs.
You can easily add a self-watering system to any of your existing residential or commercial planters. Browse our selection of planter reservoirs to create your own self-watering garden.
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Hooks & Lattice product:
The Medallion Window Box or Liner!
Window boxes are getting more popular by the day and for good reason! They are the perfect solution for adding a sufficient amount of curb appeal to your home with minimal effort. What makes this window box so unique from the rest is that it is made of the highest quality rolled rimed PVC to bring it great stability so it can be hung and used multiple ways.
This is the Medallion plastic window box/liner. This versatile window box isn’t the typical plastic “window box” you can buy at the local hardware store. Made from one of the most durable plastic, this PVC flower box is strong enough to be a window box liner as well as a standalone window box. And with the strength of PVC you also will get its resistance to fading so you can trust the color will be the same this summer and summers to come! The Medallion window box or liner also features a removable drainage tray so you don’t have to worry about water overflowing. Below are just a couple of the many ways you can incorporate this lovely window box into your homes’ decor.
Install it by itself directly to a wall, under a window, or on a rail
Use as a window box liner inside a decora style window cage
Install it on a wall as a flower window box
Use it as a deck rail window box with simple deck rail brackets
Line the perimeter of your patio or balcony
The Medallion window box is the perfect container gardening solution for the curb appeal enthusiast or gardener on a budget. If your one of the many that either rent or have little to no outdoor space, this multi-functional window box is the perfect fit for you!
Shop the Medallion Window Boxes and all it’s hanging brackets HERE
Balcony gardens are some of the most unique and inspiring green refuges – but has your deck reached its full potential? You can make your deck stand out easily just by adding a few stylish planter boxes to your railings.
Right now, your herb garden looks alright. Your cilantro and basil are healthy and growing. Your lavender is in full bloom, but still, you feel like your garden lacks steam. A railing planter box could be the zest your balcony needs. HooksandLattice.com offers many decorative window boxes that can help spice up your yard and bring your deck to life.
Picking the Right Style for You
- The Arch Decora Metal window box can add a sleek, modern look to your balcony. The design of this box is achieved with a wrought iron cage and a black galvanized metal liner inside. Add a splash of color to this box with some bright, vibrant plants and your balcony garden is sure to look amazing.
- For a more refined, elegant look, you could add the Medallion Decora box to your railing. This box features an iron cage design with a medallion at the center, and a window box liner on the inside to really make the look of the cage pop.
- The Real Copper Lined Del Mar box would give your container garden a lovely antique appearance when the patina process that occurs on certain types of copper takes over. The copper will appear weathered and old fashioned, helping you achieve a nice vintage look.
- Consider adding the Del Mar Flower Pot Holder to your deck railings for a more simplified look, or to complement your railing planter boxes. This flower pot holder is eight inches in size and looks great paired with a brightly colored flower pot, like these painted Terra Cotta flower pots sold at HooksandLattice.com.
Hanging Your Containers
Each of these containers can be added to your garden without any damage occurring to your railings. HooksandLattice.com offers several choices of affordable deck rail brackets for use with Decora boxes, but these brackets can turn any container in stock into the perfect railing box. For wooden deck rails, you can choose rail brackets from sizes 2″ x 4″, 2″ x 6″, and 2″ x 8″ to hang your decorative container. A steel rail bracket is the best choice for wrought iron and metal railings. The beauty of hanging a container from your railing instead of simply underneath a window is that you can use an industrial strength zip tie for added security to your railing. These inconspicuous cable ties are a must have for your container garden.
If these designs appeal to your eye but just don’t complete the idea you had in mind for your deck railing, you can always contact HooksandLattice.com for a custom-made window box planter just for you. Browse through the Decora Window Box section of HooksandLattice.com to find the best railing planters that will bring your deck to life!
Irrigation Through the Ages
When it came to irrigation, the farmers of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Rome had geography on their side. Civilizations have always sprung up around large bodies of fresh water because of the fertile farmland they produce.
Today’s farmers have invested their resources into modern, high-tech irrigation systems that provide hydration to crops being grown across plains, mountains, and even deserts. Urban farmers aren’t lucky enough to have access to large tracts of land, or proximity to the undisturbed freshwater lakes and rivers that make irrigation simpler for traditional farmers.
The Benefits of Drip Irrigation
Growing fruits, vegetables and flowers in your window box can feel like a daunting task if you haven’t done this before. Window box planters are made from artificial containers that don’t allow for proper water drainage. Hot climates, especially in cities, make shallow soil dry out faster. This is especially true when your window box is exposed to direct sunlight.
The solution? Look no further than drip irrigation. This form of irrigation allows water to slowly drip into the roots of your plants. Water application efficiency becomes very high, and your foliage itself can remain dry. Below are three of the top drip irrigation systems for flower boxes on the market.
- Balcony drip kit with variable timer. This is an excellent irrigation choice for urban farmers who grow in a variety of different containers in the same vicinity. The circuit system can be set up to water window box planters, flower pots, and hanging baskets all at once. Once turned on, this drip kit exudes a water pressure of an even 14.5 ps, perfect for urban gardeners who strive to conserve water.
- Oasis self watering kit. Are you worried that your urban garden may require numerous drip irrigation systems? If you have less than 20 plants, don’t fret. This kit operates on one 9V battery and is ideal for balcony, patio, or small-scale gardening in city plots with other farmers.
- Basic drip kit. If you’re not in need of a timer, then you may want to consider this simpler version of the balcony drip kit. The amount of water dispersed throughout each planet can still be calibrated – you can choose for plants to receive between 0 to 1.59 gallons of water per hour.
All of these drip kits come with instructions for urban farmers who may be setting up drip irrigation systems for the very first time. As with all irrigation techniques, make sure to calibrate each planter box according to the specific watering needs of each plant.