Well before the advent of my Susan Said… WHAT?! Pinterest Boards, I kept a massive three-ring binder full of home and garden ideas which contained images of everything from pergolas, to winding pathways, to window boxes bursting with seasonal blooms. 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. But, once we purchased our first home, there was simply no stopping me.
I’ve learned a lot in the years 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 (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 stones laboriously dug from the neighboring woods and trundled by wheelbarrow), a brick patio (laid by hand in a basket weave 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, neither do I these days! Instead, I opt for easier fixes that provide serious charm with minimal fuss. And, window boxes are an easy, fast and effective way to add personality to your home’s exterior.
If your home wasn’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 for Every Style Home
Window boxes are available in many sizes, colors and configurations. Some of my favorites include Self-Watering Window Boxes from Gardeners.com, which have big water reservoirs that keep soil moist and plants healthy (a must for south-facing windows). These are available for only $34.95 each (2 or more for $33.00 each) and come in three colors.
I also love the Vienna Deluxe Wrought Iron Window Boxes from WindowBoxes.com. These beauties are sturdily crafted from steel and have been painted with a professional black powder coat finish. The swirls have a distinctly European flair and are so romantic! Retail $119.99.
Finally, the Drennon Nantucket Galvanized Steel Window Box Planters in Nantucket Blue are pretty enough to rival the flowers you plant in them. These rust-proof containers are the epitome of rustic chic and currently on sale for $69.99 (previosuly $79.99) at Wayfair.
For more gardening inspiration, please visit Susan’s Garden on Pinterest. Now… where’s my trowel?!
Susan Said… WHAT?! is your guide to real style for the way you live. From fabulous fashion and accessories, to gorgeous gardens and stunning interiors, plus the latest products and tips for throwing parties, weddings, and events of all kinds. Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author and entrepreneur. Susan is also the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! Read more about her in Family Circle Magazine.