Many homeowners turn to landscaping to boost curb appeal and add fresh colors to the exterior of their home. But what if you have limited yard space? Or want to add additional flowers to an already landscaped lawn? It might be time to add window boxes.

What kind of window box should I add to my house?

Window boxes have several benefits in addition to adding curb appeal.

  1. Window boxes are extremely versatile and allow for a variety of designs.
  2. There are an endless number of flowers that thrive in window boxes which can help add the perfect pop of color to the outside of your home.
  3. These creative containers can also add depth and dimension to your windows.

However, choosing the right window box, and which windows to put them on, can be tricky. Before you get started on this project it’s important to answer these three questions.

Three questions to ask yourself before installing a window box.

1. Which windows should have a window box?

The answer to this question is simple – you can add window boxes to ANY of your windows. The important thing to keep in mind is choosing the right size window box for your window. Keep these three things in mind:

  1. You will want to put smaller window boxes on small windows, and larger window boxes on larger windows.
  2. The height of the box should be about 25 percent of the height of your window.
  3. Lastly, take the amount of sunlight the window receives into consideration before you choose a window box. If the window receives direct sunlight all day, you will not want a metal or dark colored window box.

2. What types of window boxes are available?

Before purchasing a window box make sure you weigh the pros and cons of window box materials. Ultimately, choosing a window box is based on your personal preference, but there are a few materials that won’t do well in certain regions. Here are types of window boxes to consider and their pros and cons:

Decorative metal window box

A metal window box will last for years to come.

  • Pros: Metal boxes are strong and durable.
  • Cons: They can dent easily and are prone to rust.

Fiberglass window box

  • Pros: Fiberglass doesn’t rot and can be painted to fit your decor.
  • Cons: This is the most expensive window box material available.

Wood window box

Wood window boxes are a great way to add curb appeal to your home.

  • Pros: Wood is incredibly easy to customize.
  • Cons: These window boxes can be prone to rotting and insect damage.

Terra cotta window box

  • Pros: These window boxes are widely available.
  • Cons: They don’t withstand cold weather, so it’s best to use them in warmer climates.

Plastic window box

plastic window boxes are inexpensive and easy to install.

  • Pros: They’re lightweight and inexpensive.
  • Cons: Plastic window boxes tend to be less durable than other materials.

3. What types of flowers should I plant in a window box?

The last question you should answer before adding a window box to your home (and some would say the most important question) is what type of flowers should you plant in the boxes? First, you should identify if you prefer seasonal flowers or perennials. Annual flowers live for just one season while perennials live for three or more growing seasons.

Popular annuals for window boxes

Popular annuals for window boxes.

  • Marigolds
  • Petunias
  • Moss Rose
  • Pansies

Popular perennials for window boxes

  • Tulips
  • Lilies
  • Daffodils
  • Mini carnations

Additionally, if you want to add a little more depth to your window boxes you can include trailing plants that will drape over the edge and create a dramatic shape.

Popular trailing plants for window boxes

Popular trailing plants for window boxes.

  • Periwinkle
  • Wintercreeper
  • Sweet potato vine
  • Vinca vine

Want to build your own window box?

We’ve collected our favorite DIY window boxes, so you can easily add a little color and curb appeal to your home. See our favorite window box ideas HERE.