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Choosing the Right Size Planter Boxes for Your Windows

When choosing a size, be sure to measure your designated space first. Measure from left to right, noting any space constraints. You want to choose a planter size that is at least as wide as your window, with no more than 4" of overhang on either side (you can choose a size up to 8" wider than your window). This will create a display that is appealing to the eye, adding attractive curb appeal.

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From simple to ornate, traditional to contemporary, rustic to elegant, our products really run the gamut. From the clean, crisp lines of our Unity Chic line to the detailed swirls and blossoms of our French Quarter styles, we offer a vast selection of containers suited to any taste.

Popular classic and traditional window box designs include:

  • Hayrack Troughs - Add country charm to windows and balcony railings with handmade wrought iron styles, complete with moisture retaining coconut coir liners. Standard and XL versions available.
  • European Cage - For old world and European styling, look to our handcrafted wrought iron cages. These generously-sized rectangular choices can be used with 8" flower pots or one of our liners. Hand bent scrollwork adds intricate detailing. Liner choices include White, Black, multiple metallic, and % real copper.
  • Orleans Cage - Boasting Southern charm, this aluminum option will have your balconies looking like the streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans in no time!
  • No Rot New Haven - Ideal for Cape Cod style homes, nothing says "Home Sweet Home" like the classical decorative trim of our PVC material. Accent this box with faux brackets and self-watering reservoirs for a maintenance-free package with panache.

Popular contemporary/modern window box designs include:

  • Urban Farmhouse (Distressed Reclaimed Wood Finish) - Made from lightweight and durable fiberglass, the Urban Farmhouse line mimics reclaimed wood without pesky drawbacks like refinishing, bug infestations and rotting. They're easy to install and built to last a lifetime! Also available in Reclaimed Dark Hickory, Cherry, and Distressed Driftwood finishes.
  • Unity Chic - Straightforward and unapologetically contemporary, these simple white window boxes are sleek and streamlined, providing a clean backdrop that allows your flowers to shine. Decorative corbels and self-watering planter box reservoirs are easy-care additions that make a big impact.
  • Arch Tapered - Slightly more petite than our wrought iron cages, and with tapered silhouette, the Arch iron style matches nearly any architectural house style. And with 9 liners to choose from, you're sure to find something that looks amazing on your wall or deck railing.
  • Bronze Lancaster - A mix of modern and traditional, the Lancaster features a classic burnished ArmoreCoat finish paired with clean, contemporary lines. While this looks like metal, it is actually made from no-rot PVC composite. No rusting, no rotting -- timeless elegance!

Material Types and Benefits of Flower Boxes

  • Wrought Iron - All of our wrought iron styles are powder coated to resist chipping, fading and rusting. It's a baked on paint finish that lasts longer than conventional painting and protects the metal better. You have a lot of design play with these containers due to the expansive number of liners and flower pots you can add to personalize to taste. If you like European and old-world styling or are creating a courtyard garden, wrought iron is a perfect choice.
  • Aluminum - Like wrought iron, aluminum features a weatherproof powder coat finish and a plethora of liner options. Unlike iron, aluminum does not rust making it ideal for use in coastal areas.
  • Copper - Copper window boxes are the definition of luxury garden products. We use % raw copper for our products, so you can expect the metal to patina over time to a blue-grey hue. The copper is flawlessly hand-polished, creating a striking contrast when paired with black wrought iron. Copper naturally deters slugs and snails.
  • Fiberglass - Known for being extremely durable and lightweight. High level of detail and design customization available. Fiberglass can be made to look like wood, stacked stone and other maintenance-heavy materials. Fiberglass planters come in many colors and are crack resistant.
  • PVC Composite - Cellular PVC composite is a solid core material that looks and feels like wood. Unlike wood, it is impossible for PVC to rot, twist and warp. Composite PVC is inherently white but can be painted. Popular for coastal areas.
  • Vinyl - Pre-molded vinyl material will not rot or discolor in the sun and are offered in a variety of fun colors. Vinyl options are lightweight and many feature integrated sub-irrigation systems - great for travelers and busy professionals.
  • Wood - There really is nothing like the classic beauty of real wood. Our wood products are made of naturally insect and rot-resistant redwood and cedar. Sustainably sourced timber is used and all units can be ordered unfinished, making them perfect for use as chemical-free organic gardening planters.

Window Box Flowers and Liners

Be sure to check out our high-quality liners and artificial arrangements. Outlasting silk flowers you find at craft supply stores, our Outdoor Artificial Flowers and Plants are inherently UV protected for exterior use year-round. For custom arrangements or window boxes shipped with faux flowers installed please call toll-free:

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Easy Tips for Adding Beautiful Window Boxes

Window Box Planters

Windowboxes add spring color to your home's exterior. Learn how to choose the best mix of plants, ensure proper drainage, install them securely and other tips for adding these planters to your home.

Proper Installation

Windowboxes hang on brackets attached to the exterior walls of your house. For siding or cedar shake, you need to drill wood screws through the walls and into the framing. For brick, concrete and stucco, you'll need masonry drills and masonry screws for a secure fit.

Update With Paint

Windowboxes made from high-end materials are meant to be showcased but come with high price tags. Ready-made windowboxes made of wood, composite materials or metals are more affordable. Paint them the same color as the exterior trim of the house to give the windowbox a custom look and tie them in with the home's color scheme.

Ensure Proper Drainage

Proper drainage is key for plants to thrive in windowbox planters. Some come with holes in the bottom to allow excess water to run out and some don't. You'll need to drill holes in the ones that don't. Use a drill with a one-inch paddle bit to make several holes spaced six inches apart in the bottom of the windowbox.

Option One: Pea Gravel Drainage

In addition to drilled holes, stones and gravel are essential to proper drainage of windowboxes. Put a two- to three-inch layer of pea gravel or pebbles in the bottom of the planter. This will allow water to filter through the soil and gravel before passing through the drilled holes.

Option Two: Plastic Bottles

Pea gravel and pebbles can weigh down windowboxes. Empty water bottles are a lightweight option. Place rinsed bottles inside the planter and add soil on top of them. The space between the bottles will allow proper drainage without the extra weight.

Use Fresh Potting Soil

Fresh soil keeps windoxbox plants healthy. At the end of the growing season, replace the old soil with fresh potting soil before re-planting.

Select a Mix of Species

To achieve proper visual balance, use a variety of plant types. Tall flowers or grasses add height and privacy. Low, leafy plants add shape and texture. Flowering species with complementary hues add bold splashes of color. Cascading plants will soften the edges of the boxes.

Loosen Roots

Plants from nurseries can be root-bound. Before transplanting, loosen the roots by gently pulling them apart until they're no longer intertwined.

Ensure Proper Nutrition

Once plants are in the windowbox, fertilize them to prevent transplant shock. Your windowboxes will be gorgeous in no time.

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Window planter boxes are a great way to dress up the outside of your windows in a beautiful way. Here are 15 window planter box ideas to inspire you as you consider adding one to your home.

Are you looking for a way to add interest and beauty to the outside of your home while also improving your curb appeal? 

I’ve tried many things over the years (including adding planters to my front porch), and I have discovered that adding window planter boxes are an easy way to add instant curb appeal and beauty. The difference they make is really remarkable!

Not only do they add beauty, but they also add the ability to change your outside decor with different plants each year &#; perfect for people who crave change.

What&#;s more, they aren’t just meant to be enjoyed outside. When you plant flowering plants in your window boxes, you can usually see the flowers peeking through the windows from the inside!

Love the rustic window box and mix of plants.

via HGTV

What Plants Can Be Used to Fill Window Planter Boxes?

Once you have decided to add a window planter box to your home and installed it, then the real fun begins! For filling them, you are truly only limited by your imagination as well as the time of year. 

Here are some of our favorite ideas to fill your planters with:

  • low-maintenance succulents
  • fresh herbs
  • flowers
  • ferns that spill down the sides
  • plants with beautiful foliage
  • faux flowers
  • seasonal items like pumpkins, cabbage, or berry plants



15 Gorgeous Window Sill Planter Ideas

The thing that I love most about window planter boxes is that you can use your creativity to come up with something really incredible &#; and it’s a fairly easy project to do that makes a big impact and offers lots of variety.

To spur your imagination and get your creativity flowing, here are some examples of gorgeous window planter boxes (and plants) to help beautify your home.

Dramatic Sweeping Vines

Don’t the red tri plants, white caladiums, and swags of hanging ivy and creeping Jenny make these window planter boxes look dramatic and spectacular?Beautiful sweeping vines coming down from this window box.

via Well Appointed House

DIY Shaker Box

The popular window boxes in a Shaker-style look especially wonderful when coupled with matching Shaker-style shutters. Don’t forget to allow drainage by drilling holes into the bottom of the window boxes. 

shaker-style window box filled with plants

via Beneath My Heart

Picket Fence Window Planter Box

How cute are these windowsill planters? Paint them any color you want to match your trim (or contrast it!) and let the plants have their time in the spotlight. 

Even if you don’t have a picket fence around your yard, you can still bedazzle your home with that picket fence look.

picket fence window planter design

via Make It Love It

DIY With Corbels

A simple window box like this one is easy to DIY, but the corbels on the bottom really make this project look stunning. If you love flowers, window boxes are a terrific way to show off some beautiful blooms.

white DIY window planter box filled with plants

via iHeart Organizing

Dresser Drawer Window Planters 

I am loving this unique and creative window planter idea. This is an easy DIY project that yields a very large visual impact on your house.

dresser drawer window boxes filled with flowers

via Kammy’s Korner

Let The Edging Show Off

Depending on your home architecture and your personal style, there’s no reason why you need to pick a fancy design. A simple window sill planter design like this one looks lovely with a bit of edging to give it just a bit of visual interest.

window sill planters

via Filament Lighting & Home

DIY Standing Window Boxes

If you love the way that window boxes look but are concerned about drilling holes into the front of your home, try making standing window boxes. Making planter boxes that stand on four legs, filling them with a variety of blooms and plants, and placing them under a plain window can create the same effect. 

standing window boxe

via Her Tool Belt

Elegance With Wire

A wire planter lined with moss creates a very elegant and beautiful look that would make any neighbor jealous. Plus, I love the curved, half-moon shape.

half moon shaped window planter lined with moss and filled with plants

via HGTV

DIY Galvanized Tub Window Planters

It’s easy to turn any galvanized tub into a window sill planter. Just drill in drainage holes in the bottom and fill with fresh herbs or your favorite plants.

DIY galvanized tub window planters

via The Polished Pebble

Pallet Window Planter Box

Easily add a little rustic charm to the outside of your home by adding a DIY pallet window box. It’s easier than you think &#; just be sure to line it with window screen mesh before you fill it with dirt to keep the dirt from falling out!

DIY pallet window sill box design

via Paradise Perspectives

Dark Mahogany

This dark mahogany DIY window planter box idea is perfect with the brick and white trim. It adds that much-needed finishing touch that the large window trim needed to tie both elements together.

dark mahogany window box brings together the brick house with large white window trim

via Redhead Can Decorate

Simple Black Design

Choosing a very simple design like this one allows the plants to be the sole focus of the window planter box. Depending on the look you want to achieve, you can plant colorful annuals, cascading vines, grasses, or any combination of the three.

simple black window planter box filled with annuals

via Meg Padgett

Lattice Design

There’s something to be said for going simple. But, then again, creating a window box with eye-catching details can have great appeal too. It all depends on the look you want to achieve. I love both options! The lattice detail on this DIY window box design is stunning.

lattice detail on window boxes

via Pretty Handy Girl

Oversized Window Box

I love that big chunky look of this oversized window box too. It’s a simple but impressive design that makes a statement on the front of the house. It also looks incredible when filled with a mix of blooms and trailing vines!

Love this oversized window box planter.

Via Midwest Living

Wood Shim Design

This might be my favorite design in today’s list of window box ideas. It may be simple, but it’s eye-catching and gorgeous too. I love how the dark walnut stain makes this DIY window box look rustic and chic at the same time.

wood shim window planter box design filled with flowers

via The Yellow Wheel Barrow

Many of these examples show before and after images so that you can see the dramatic difference between not having a window planter box and adding one to your home. Window planters add beauty and instant curb appeal to any home. And, they make for an easy DIY project if you like to do things yourself.

If you are searching for window sill planter ideas for your home, I hope you were able to find a design from this list that excited and inspired you!

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How to Build a Window Box

Step 1: Cut List

Cut 3/4"-thick cypress or cedar boards to following dimensions:
(3) 8" wide x window length
(2) /4" wide x window length
(3) /4" wide x /4" long
(2) 8" wide x 11" long

Cut 2" x 4" pressure-treated lumber into three (3) 8"-long pieces.

Step 2: Secure the Cleats

When it's full of plants and soil, a window box can be very heavy. The best way to mount it is to properly secure it to the exterior wall using cleats. To create cleats, cut three 8" pieces of pressure-treated 2x4. Hold the 2x4 tightly against the exterior wall and drill two pilot holes where you'd like screws (Image 2). Drive two 3/4" concrete screws through pilot holes to secure cleat to wall (Image 3). Repeat process on other cleats.

Step 3: Assemble Front and Back

Continue Drilling Window Box

Use drill to attach parts of window box together with screws along length of box.

Attach Window Box Sides

After gluing one part of window box to the other, hold with a clamp, and then use drill to screw pieces together for added strength and durability.

Place bottom of window box flat on work surface. Stand front of box on end and press tightly against side of box bottom. Clamp or hold in place, then drill pilot holes every eight inches using 1/8" drill bit (Image 1). Insert /4" screws into pilot holes (Image 2). Remove clamps (if used) and repeat on back side of box.

Step 4: Assemble Sides

When measuring dimensions of side panels, allow an extra /2" overhang on back side to cover up exposed cleat on house. Attach sides to planter using /4" wood screws.

Step 5: Attach Trim

Cut two /4"-wide trim pieces to exact length of front panel of window box. Make sure that each trim piece is flush with top and bottom of front panel, then tap into place with nails. Position three /4"-wide x /4"-long pieces on left and right side of box and one centered. Tack into place with nails.

Step 6: Prime and Paint

Using a sash brush, apply primer to window box. If using a dark color like red or black, start with a tinted primer coat for better coverage. Allow primer to dry, then apply one to two coats of exterior semi-gloss paint.

Pro Tip: For a smooth finish on the window box, fill nail and screw holes with wood filler before painting. Allow to dry, then sand entire box with medium-grit sandpaper. As this is an exterior project, this finishing step is optional.

Step 7: Hang the Window Box

Holding window box in place against cleats, drive four screws through back panel into each 2" x 4" block.

Pro Tip: If you wish, decorative brackets can be added under the window box for additional support and architectural detail.

Step 8: Create Drainage

Using a 3/8" drill bit, drill holes straight through bottom panel to allow for drainage. Drill one hole roughly every six square inches.

Step 9: Fill Window Box

Add a 1" to 2" layer of gravel in the bottom of window box, to allow excess water to drain. Cover gravel with potting soil, filling box to about an inch from top. Add plants and thoroughly water.


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A window box (sometimes called a window flower box or window box planter) is a type of flower container for live flowers or plants in the form of a box attached on or just below the sill of a window. It may also be used for growing herbs or other edible plants.


A window box is usually placed on a window sill, or fixed to the wall immediately below it, so the owner(s) can easily access the plants in it. When installed under a window, it is usually supported by brackets on the wall below. Some materials, such as PVC or fibreglass, use a cleat mounting system from behind to attach it to the building, or it may be bolted directly to the building without the use of support brackets.[1]

Wood, brick, terracotta, metal, fibre glass, vinyl, and cellular PVC may all be used in window box construction. A typical wooden window box lasts 3–5 years before showing deterioration, though with painting and maintenance can last 10–15 years.

Window boxes are usually accessed from indoors, and are often used by people who live on upper floors without access to gardens or other plantable areas. They enable plants to be seen by those inside as well as outside. Larger boxes, 10–12 inches in height, can be used to plant items that need more root space, and to allow flowers and plants to be grown in multiple rows.


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How to Plant a Window Box - Detailed Lesson - For Full/Part Sun - Container Gardening

Whether you’re a pro-gardener, a novice looking to flex your green thumb, or an urbanite with zero outdoor space, window boxes are a low-commitment way to grow summer plants, flowers, and herbs. They also add color and beauty to your home’s exterior, always a treat to admire in while lounging on the deck or sitting in the front yard. Luckily, you don’t need to spend a lot to take on the planting project, as quality window boxes can be had for well under $ Here are some of the best options on the market for a range of budgets and styles.

What to Consider

Material and style are top-level considerations when shopping for a window box. Most often, they’re made of high-density polypropylene, wood, and metal, and sometimes ceramic and clay, generally made to sit on the window sill. Wood window boxes may have a water-resistant varnish, but typically require more care (and are pricier) than easy-to-maintain plastic. Metal options run the gamut, and include copper, which naturally takes on a weathered patina over time, and rust-resistant galvanized steel. The majority of window boxes have holes for drainage—and some come with detachable bases—but most don't include mounting frames or hardware. There are also self-watering planters, which are always a nice feature.

How We Chose

All of the window boxes we feature have ratings of at least four stars, and the majority receive ratings of or higher. Our selection includes a range of styles, from modern to classic, and materials, plus we choose window boxes across price points, from budget to value-packed sets to higher-end picks. Many are available in multiple sizes, colors, and finishes, and we note options in each review, when applicable.

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Our Budget Pick

August Grove Window Box



This window box has a more contemporary look than other similarly priced plastic options. It's easy to clean and maintain, and comes in a range of sizes and attractive colors, including terra cotta and pretty sage green, in addition to a charcoal gray. 

The window box is made from durable, food-grade, weather-resistant resin, with drainage holes plus a removable water tray if you want to place it on an inside windowsill.


Our Premium Pick

Charlton Home Window Box



This planter is on the pricey side, but it's incredibly durable and adds a fresh, upscale look to your home’s exterior. It's also a customer favorite, with an average stars from more than 1, reviewers. The window box has elegant decorative molding, made of weather-resistant vinyl, with drainage holes at the base. They’re also self-watering—a nice added feature—and come in additional size and color options, plus mounting brackets are included.


Best Set of Two

Matri Window Boxes


These durable window boxes are an excellent value, sold in a set of two for $20 at the time of this writing. Made of high-density polypropylene, the wide window boxes come in a variety of colors and shades, including a vibrant dark green, burnt orange clay, and basic black. They feature a rounded rim and thick vertical stripes around the base for an appealing, streamlined look, plus drainage holes and bottom trays that to pop off for watering.


Best Set of Four

Outland Living Window Boxes



While they may have a more basic design, if you have several windows to dress up with your favorite plants and bright blooms, these large window boxes give you back for your buck, coming out to less than $18 each at the time of this writing. There’s a reservoir at the base for rocks, glass beads, or other materials that keep roots from rotting, plus multiple drainage holes. 

They’re made of all-weather food-safe polypropylene and come in espresso brown and granite gray, in addition to the forest green shown, plus a smaller size option.


Best Hardwood

Millwood Pines Teak Window Box
Millwood Pines



Although it requires more maintenance than plastic, you can’t beat the look of a hardwood window box. This handsome option comes from Costa Rica, crafted from sustainably sourced teak, with rich-looking grain and a honey-color finish. It has a weather-resistant coating and the midsection and corners are reinforced with wood blocks for added strength, plus there are also drainage holes drilled into the base. It’s available in multiple widths, from to 4 feet. 


Best Galvanized Steel

Sol 72 Window Box
Sol 72



This charming window box is available in Nantucket Blue and Cape Cod White, names that accurately describe their breezy, summer country cottage look. It’s 22 inches wide, made of galvanized steel, with a distressed, rust- and fade-resistant finish, along with drainage holes in the base. 

Customers give it high marks, with an average stars from more than 80 reviewers. Keep in mind that the mounting hardware shown isn’t included.  


Best Copper

Charlton Home Window Box Planter



For an eye-catching addition to your home’s exterior, a gleaming copper window box is the way to go. This 2-foot-wide copper-plated planter features a rolled edge, angled sides, and a soft sheen finish. It's considerably lightweight at about 3 pounds, and it has a pound maximum capacity. There are drainage holes in the bottom but no plugs, and it doesn't come with mounting hardware. Expect the copper to naturally develop a patina over time.


Best Modern Window Box

GardenBasix Window Box



There’s a lot to love about this sleek, modern window box. For starters, it’s self-watering, plus you can tell when the reservoir needs to be replenished at a glance, thanks to a water-level gauge set in the corner. There’s a designated port for splash-free refilling and it also comes with 10 coconut coir soil disks—all for about $50 at the time of this writing. A groove on the bottom to set it inside a window box frame, which is sold separately.


Best Industrial-Style

Arcadia Garden Window Box
Arcadia Garden



This industrial-chic window box could easily be mistaken for cement, with its distressed, weathered finish, but it’s actually made from a mix of recycled plastic, stone powder, and wood dust, which gives it its unique look. It’s also lightweight at less than 4 pounds, always a good feature for easier mounting. 

The window box is available in a wider, 2-foot size, and also in an attractive shade of taupe in addition to the cool gray that’s shown. The only drawback is that there are no drainage holes on the bottom. 

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