Window Boxes

Making up a fabulous window box takes no more than ten minutes.

If you don't have the space or the patience to nurture a full garden, window boxes could be your solution. They bring a touch of colour to the outside of the house, and from the inside you can still see you own patch of Mother Nature.

Brendan has some tips on the best way to create a lasting window box:

  • Window boxes come in a range of materials - such as plastic, terracotta, and metal. Bear in mind the material you choose affects both the maintenance, in terms of watering, and the way you attach them to the wall.
  • Plastic window boxes and metal are fairly lightweight and can be attached with a wire support, which is easily available.
  • Terracotta is much heavier and requires serious support.
  • Window boxes are notorious for drying out. They're attached to buildings, they bake in the sun, they're exposed to winds, and sometimes they're just forgotten! Anything you can do to reduce the amount of water loss is good.
  • Plastic is the easiest material for ensuring water insulation. Regular terracotta needs to be glazed to seal the inside to keep the moisture in.
  • Choose a potting mix that contains water retention granules. This will stop it from drying out too quickly.
  • The best way to stop soil drying out is to use mulch, and in small containers like window boxes pebbles are perfect.
  • Choose hardy plants that don't need a great deal of watering. Also, choose small varieties - flowering ground covers, herbs and grasses are best.

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