Well before the advent of my Susan Said… WHAT?! Pinterest Boards, I kept a massive three-ring binder full of home and garden ideas. I was actually quite organized with dividers clearly marking ideas, color schemes, and notes for “Kitchen,” “Bath,” “Library,” and “Bedroom.” Of course, the fattest section — by far — was labeled “Garden.”My love affair with gardening didn’t begin until I was well into adulthood. Once we purchased our first home, there was simply no stopping me.
I’ve learned a lot since then. And, one of my greatest lessons had nothing to do with trees, flowers or shrubs. What I found after some trial and error (and abject failure, if I am completely honest) is that the most important part of creating a beautiful and relaxing garden is not the plant selection – it’s the structure.
Today, my garden boasts hundreds of feet of rock border (with rock laboriously dug from the neighboring woods and trundled by wheelbarrow), a brick patio (laid by hand in a basket pattern, using reclaimed brick), and a 3-level, terraced backyard (that project is all my husband, I cannot claim credit).
If you don’t have time for such labor-intensive projects, there’s a much easier way to add instant charm to your garden: window boxes!
Window boxes add a romantic, cottage-y feel to your outdoor space — even if your garden is a tiny patch in the city. If your home isn’t blessed with distinctive architectural details (and my traditional, 2-story suburban colonial was most definitely not) window boxes provide an instant facelift. Fill them with colorful annuals in the spring and summer, harvest bounty in the fall, and fresh greens with striking red berry accents during the holidays!
Window boxes are available in many sizes, colors, and configurations. You can easily find a wide range at Home Depot or Lowes, or try one of my all-time favorites, Walpole Woodworkers for some truly spectacular examples.
Now… where’s my trowel?!
Your guide to a life filled with STYLE! Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador and Cover Girl Ambassador. Susan Said…WHAT?! was named one of the Top 50 Beauty Blogs in the World by RebateZone.com in 2015. Susan is also the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! Read more about her in Family Circle Magazine.