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Window box planters make the facade of any home look more beautiful and refreshing. This is the perfect way to beautify your home, but it’s not as easy as just planting it and leaving it as it is. There are several things you need to know when you decide to plant various types of flowers or plants in window boxes, for example consider installing an irrigation system or buying a window box that can water itself. Adding fertilizer is also important, because plants also need nutrients that support better growth, you can even make your own fertilizer mixture from topsoil and multipurpose compost.

Before you start, consider where the window box will be placed. If it faces the sun then the number of plants available needs to be limited, conversely if it is in the shade then the choice will be wider. Next, think about whether you want to plant seasonal plants such as bulbs, or prefer evergreen displays or colorful flowers. A combination of greenery supplemented with annuals is often the best solution, although other alternatives such as fruit, vegetables and herbs are worth considering.

To make the box look beautiful, pay attention to the design and determine what effect you want to display, whether traditional, symmetrical, natural, and think about the height of the plants carefully. For example, you may need one or two taller plants to create visual interest. Select a series of plants that will give you different textures and shapes for maximum impact. Here are some tips so that you can successfully create the window box you want.

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Create a focal point

Choosing flowers and plants is important to become an attraction and a focal point in your window box. Since these are the flowers that will be part of the window box, make sure your window box is in a sunny location so there will be plenty of plants to consider. From flamboyant pelargoniums to colorful cosmos, you can choose different plants that bloom all season long.

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Filler

The filler should consist of light, airy plants that provide softness to combat the more flamboyant plants in the container. For example Gypsophila elegans, Gaura lindheimeri and Gilenia trifoliata catena they usually have small, light flowers that can be scattered throughout the container to provide continuity. You can also use soft grasses such as Stipa tenuissima or Melica uniflora.

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Trailers

Adding a few additional plants will also soften the edges of your window box and create a lusher look filled with flowers. Choose plants such as trailing ivy, Erigeron karvinskianus and annual lobelias or petunias for maximum results.

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Structural plants

If you like a minimalist look and are easy to care for, try plants that provide year-round green structure. Box balls are a classic choice but can be risky due to blight and box moths. Good alternatives include Euonymus japonicus ‘Jean Hugues’, dwarf hebes, or lavender. However, if you prefer a more exotic look, you could try a cordyline like C. obtecta ‘Superstar’ as a central focal point. Enjoy!

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