Window Boxes | The Simplest Aesthetic Home Detail
Aesthetics is defined as a philosophical study that deals with the nature of art, beauty, and taste. Essentially, it’s a great appreciation for the creation of beauty. For me, a lover of home décor and design, I find that the aesthetics of a home, inside and out, are what makes it beautiful. The outward detailing in the architecture, the added “jewelry” of the shutters, or colored gutters, the placement of columns or added plants, are all accents that can beautifully bring a design together.
When building our home, I knew I wanted it to have those beautiful details. We put columns across the front, added dark colored gutters and made sure to have varying peaks and sways in the roofline, but can I fill you in on a little secret? What made the house the most aesthetically pleasing to me were the added window boxes across the front. Who knew that something so small and so affordable would be what made my home feel most beautiful? There really is beauty in simplicity.
Let me share with you briefly the easy step by step process.
Purchase your window boxes.
My first mistake was to buy wooden ones that weren’t well made. They were beautiful but only lasted a year before they rotted out from the bottom. I would recommend buying bulky well-made wooden ones or building your own wood boxes making sure to add a sealer and drain holes to protect them from the water rot. We purchased our current window boxes at Lowes. They are plastic and cost about $20 a box. Plastic boxes range from $10 to $100 dollars and can fit any budget. I’ve been pleased with them. They have done great so far. I highly recommend plastic boxes for protection from the elements.
Adhere the window boxes.
This will look different for everyone. If you are going into brick, you will need concrete or brick screws. If you are going into the wood you can simply use a fender washer and screw. For our boxes, my husband used a long wood screw and fender washer to adhere them to the wall. If you don’t use a large fender washer, the weight of the box with soil will yank from the wall. Make sure you adhere your box with a washer like shown below.
Put in drain holes.
Most boxes will have perforated areas for drain holes. You simply take your drill and a drill bit and drill through them. If there aren’t drill holes you can easily drill your own. Just place 2 or 3 sporadically across the bottom. This really helps keeps the plants alive by not drowning them, and trust me, I’ve done that .
Add landscape fabric.
This is just my two sense and probably is a step you can skip, but my window boxes haven’t let me down yet. I always add a mesh layer of landscape fabric to the bottom. It helps keep in the loose soil, but I also think it helps the roots adhere to something. Now, I am NO horticulturist, but it has worked successfully for me.
Choose your flower.
Now, this is the tricky part. You have to know your environment and what plants grow best in your particular location. If your windows get all day sun, make sure to buy a flower that can withstand it like a petunia or geranium. If your windows get full shade, buy accordingly. Our boxes are under a covered porch. It sees very little direct sun. I suggest taking the time to watch the sunlight on your windows. Take note on how much sun they get during the day. Once you know this you can ask your local nursery for the best options or even simply read the tags on the plants at the hardware store and buy accordingly. Also, if you just aren’t a plant lady or man, simply put FAUX flowers inside them. There are so many options that are so beautiful and look so real. There is no shame in adding something that you won’t have to take care of daily and still achieve the same beautiful aesthetic. I will tell you that the easiest plants that I have found to work in my boxes are Petunias, English Ivy, Creeping Jenny, and pansies. Now, don’t forget, my porch is covered and gets constant shade, but these are really low maintenance thriving plants and have worked wonderfully for me.
I get asked this question often. How often do you water them? I personally try to water them every other day, if not every day. What I have found is if the soil seems super dry they need a good soak. I then let them sit and dry out, whether it’s a day or even 48 hours and then re-water. You can also add plant food every two weeks. I, however, have found that just keeping them watered and watching the soil works wonders. You don’t want to oversaturate either. A good rule of thumb is every other day. Also, depending on your flowers you may need to weed out the dying ones. For example, my petunias rebloom and die, and re-bloom again. Every week I will go through quickly and pick out any dead ones that I see or while watering I will discard them. It just helps make room for more to grow.
There you have it! That’s it! I know that may seem like a lot of steps for added aesthetic, but really once you find what plants work in your space, it will be really easy for you. Added the greenery brightens and livens up any space. I hope, no matter what it is, window boxes or not, that you can find an aesthetic that speaks to you and brings you joy. It doesn’t have to be grand or cost a lot of money to add beauty and make your home aesthetically pleasing.
Rachel is a Nashvillian stay at home mom turned momtrepreneur. Most days you can find her in a messy bun and yoga pants wrangling two boys while running a real estate business, homeschooling, DIYing, and keeping up with my passions. She is most passionate in life about her faith, her three men, writing, and serving silently behind the scenes. She’s an introvert gone socialmediavert and when she’s not busy you can find her... well never not busy. Check her out on instagram at @crateandcottage or on her site at www.crateandcottage.com