Wood. Vinyl. Iron. Copper. Fiberglass. Aluminum. Window boxes come in a variety of materials, shapes and sizes, says Betsy Schaffitzel of Schaffitzel’s Flowers. Before you get totally overwhelmed by your options, look at the style of your home. A large iron hayrack planter would seem odd on a modern house but absolutely fitting for an abode with European influence. The trick is to harmonize.
Measure Your Window
Your window box should be as long as your window or longer by a maximum of 4 inches on either side, Schaffitzel says. Unfortunately, the size of your window could dictate the style of box you buy, unless you go custom-made. Simple wood boxes are a popular and affordable DIY house project. But if you’re looking for something a little more complex, find a craftsman who can construct a planter to match your window’s length and your home’s style, says Nikki Petitt, nursery manager for Wickman’s Garden Village.
Prep for Installation
Before installing, consider what the weight of your window box will be when it’s full of damp soil and greenery, Petitt says. Odds are, you’ll need heavy-duty anchors for proper support. Installation methods and hardware vary based on your home’s exterior. Be sure to check what types of hardware and techniques will work the best. Then, develop a plan to protect the wall beneath your window, because drainage will repeatedly dampen it.