Elements of Home, Favorite Things

Holiday Window Box

I love my window box. It’s the one element on the outside of our house that in my opinion, changes the whole feeling of the exterior of the home. Window boxes are cozy, inviting and beautiful, and add instant curb appeal to your home. I was especially excited to do my window box this year because we recently painted the exterior of our home a new color and I was excited to see how my window box would look this year! My spring window box took a bit of a beating with all the rain we had this spring…it was moved around when we had the house painted and was a bit neglected during that time. Therefore, I’m just going to show you how my holiday window box turned out, which is my secret favorite anyways 🙂 I pretty much do the same thing every year, which makes it easy. Half of it is reusable, the other half I buy fresh every year. My window box includes:

  • Spruce tips, cedar and mixed pine branches (new each year)
  • Magnolia leaves (new each year)
  • Dried pods both natural and glittery for the holidays (can be reused)
  • Pine cones (can be reused)
  • Large, gold shatterproof ornaments (available at Target and most large garden centers during the holidays, can be reused)
  • Warm white LED lights

The best thing about winter window boxes is that they are maintenance free! No watering, no trimming, nothing. Just lovely color throughout the winter. When the holidays are over, I simply remove the lights, ornaments and anything glittery, and leave the greens and natural decor in for the rest of the winter.

Holiday window box

Elements of Home

Whimsical Window Boxes

When we moved into our home 2 years ago, one thing I knew for sure, was that I was going to want window boxes that spanned the width of our front porch. There is something so magical about window boxes, and the amount of beauty they add to a house is amazing. Such a little fix with a huge impact! I have learned so much about gardening thanks to my master gardener mother. Not only has she designed what flowers went in our new landscaping, she also helped with our front tiered planters and designed our window box. I only wish I could take credit for how nice everything looks!

Here is what is in my current window box:

  • Heliotrope – Tiny purple flowers bunched together to form a larger flower. Adds height and lovely purple color
  • Tuberous Begonias – In Red and Yellow. These add stunning color and fill in the empty spaces
  • Lantana – One of my favorite flowers in the window box, these cute little bunches of flowers have gorgeous pink, orange and yellow varied blooms. They bloom all summer.
  • Lobelia – A trailing tiny blue/purple flower that cascades down the window box
  • Dahlia – Lovely pink blooms that stand tall in the middle of the flower box
  • Ferns – We put a super delicate fern on either side of the Dahlia
  • Ivy – Trails down the center of the window box
  • Fuchsia – Swingtime variety trails down the window box as well with delicate pink and white blooms

And that’s all! Sadly they have to be replanted every year, but there is nothing I love more than my window box:)

The finished window box

Lobelia

Lantana

Fuchsia Swingtime

Pink Dahlia