If the idea of growing something living makes you shudder with fear, you may have a black thumb instead of a green one. Whether you love the look of window boxes for added curb appeal, or your house came with window boxes and you can’t make anything grow in them, there are a lot of things you can do that don’t involve living plants.
Below, you’ll find six unique ideas for decorating your window boxes. Some of the ideas are fun and funky, and some are more traditional. No matter the style of your home or your personal preferences, you’ll find at least one idea you can implement today and add beauty to the outside of your home.
When you think about window boxes, you likely picture beautiful petunias spilling down the sides and perhaps some greenery. If you want to add a pop of floral color to your home, you can do this without using real flowers. Today’s fake flowers are very realistic-looking and quite affordable.
The key is first to line your box with Styrofoam, so you have a way to raise the look up to the top of the box, but also a base to place your artificial plants in. Next, arrange the box the same way you would any type of floral arrangement, with different heights and both greenery and florals. Keep in mind you’ll need to switch out the artificial plants, as sunlight and exposure to the elements will eventually make them fade.
Do you have young children, or just love the idea of fairies and magic? Turn one of your window boxes into a miniature fairy garden. Add small sculptures you might find in a fairy village, such as a tiny home and giant mushrooms. For some added fun, add small fairy figurines as well.
If you have a particular interest, such as a love of Marvel heroes, you can also do a themed box in a similar vein. Instead of a fairy theme, you’d add inexpensive action figures and other elements to draw the eye. The only limit is your imagination and interests.
Rocks are super low-maintenance. You may need to hose them off occasionally to get dust and dirt off them, but other than that, they are durable. Line your window box with Styrofoam, because the rocks themselves will add some weight, so it’s best to avoid dirt. On top of the Styrofoam, add a light layer of mulch or mock moss. Next, lay out your rocks in an interesting pattern.
You’ll want people to see your rockscape from the road, so be sure to include rocks large enough to see above the rim of the box, as well as smaller versions for those who pass by the box up close.
Even if you have a black thumb, you likely can’t kill succulents. These plants are extremely hardy and drought-resistant. Even though you’re avoiding flowers, there are some flowering annual varieties for added color and interest. You also could add hen-and-chicks plants and let them fill in the box.
Keep in mind most succulents are fairly short and stout, which means people on the road probably won’t be able to see your plants. Add some height by throwing in metal flowers or some other type of sculpture.
Do you love birds? Use a window box to create a birdscape design and add color and fun to your windows. One idea is to get a branch, paint it a color that will stand out against your house and add fake birds to the branch. Place a small, bright birdhouse next to the branch.
If you like birdwatching, you can even create a small retreat for them using your window boxes and then place a small bird bath under the window. Add to them by planting a hummingbird bush next to the bird bath.
Perhaps you enjoy real flowers in your window boxes in the summer, but by the time fall arrives, you feel they are blah and need a little something extra. You can easily decorate your window boxes for fall, winter and spring by adding some unique touches.
In the fall, spray branches black and stick them upright in your boxes. Add pumpkins and gourds around the base. In the winter, use evergreen branches and twinkle lights. If you want a pop of color, add some artificial poinsettia blooms to the mix. In the spring, decorate for Easter with bright plastic eggs and a small bunny statue.
Flowers are everywhere. If you want a truly unique look that can adapt to the changing seasons and is low-maintenance, creating a window box without flowers is the way to go. The ideas above are a great place to start, but don’t be afraid to think “outside the box” — pun intended — and add unique features to your window boxes.