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Creative Ideas for Window Box Planters

Window box planters make a charming addition to your home or apartment and are an easy way to add a splash of color or greenery. Window boxes are perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a garden, but is too busy to take care of one.

Most people think of planting flowers in window boxes, but there are several other alternatives. It’s just a matter of choosing something that is right for you. If you like to cook, think about planting herbs or baby vegetables. If your hobby is making sachets or herbal extracts, plant fragrant or medicinal herbs and flowers.

Choose a theme for your window box garden. Perhaps you dream about visiting the Swiss Alps or love the beauty of the desert. Consider replicating these habitats in your window box. With a little creativity, the possibilities are endless.

Cook’s Garden
Herbs grow best in partial or full sun. Plant your miniature garden with the herbs you frequently cook with such as thyme, oregano, basil, parsley, tarragon, or chives.

Fragrant Garden
Options for fragrant herbs include lavender, peppermint, rosemary, lemon balm, artemisia (also known as wormwood), lemon verbena, or pineapple sage. Again, most herbs thrive best in partial or full sun.

Medicinal Garden
Plants known for their medicinal properties include aloe vera, calendula, sage, comfrey, yarrow, sweet woodruff, chamomile, or peppermint and grow best in partial or full sun.

Vegetable Garden
Many vegetables are available in diminutive forms. Try planting baby carrots, baby beets, pearl onions, baby lettuce, or baby teardrop tomatoes. A window box in full sun is best for growing vegetables.

Alpine Garden
Most alpine flowers bloom in shades of pink, purple or white and require partial or full sun. Primrose, creeping phlox, candytuft, pinks, bellflower, or a trailing variety of baby’s breath are all possibilities for your miniature alpine garden.

You can also plant crocus, snowdrops, scilla, or grape hyacinth bulbs in the fall for spring blooms the following year.

Succulent Desert Garden
Succulent plants do best in full sun. Hens and chicks, sedums, kalanchoe, aloe vera, and small cacti are excellent choices for this type of window box garden.

Related articles:
Planting a Window Box
Alpine Trough Gardens
Constructing a Simple Window Box Planter

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