Window Box Plants that Thrive in Every Season

Are you tired of having a lackluster window box that only blooms in the spring and summer? Fear not! As such, I’ve produced a rundown of the best plants for window boxes all year round. So grab your gardening gloves and create a beautiful, vibrant window box that will impress your neighbors all year.

The Best Plants for Window Boxes All Year Round

Evergreen ivy, golden sword yucca, blue star juniper, heather, and coleus thrive year-round. These low-maintenance plants are colorful and resilient in window planter boxes. Petunias and snapdragons give spring and summer colors. 

Group plants with comparable care needs, water them frequently and fertilize them every two weeks. Consider your home’s outside aesthetics while designing your window box arrangement. Ivy lends lushness to year-round displays.

Plant Care Will Keep Window Boxes Healthy All Year.

Window box displays can add color and life to any home or balcony oasis, but keeping them healthy all year takes effort.

Care for your window boxes with these suggestions: 

1) Group plants with similar care needs, such as sunlight and water requirements, to make upkeep easier. 

2) Check the soil daily in hot weather and water thoroughly when it feels dry. 

3) Use fertilizer, such as fish emulsion or liquid kelp, every two weeks to replenish nutrients washed out from the container. 

4) Switch out cool-weather plants for heat-lovers in summer, and add edibles like lettuce in fall. 

5) Consider using evergreen plants for winter interest and year-round color. With these simple steps, your window boxes will flourish all year long.

6) Deadhead spent flowers to encourage new growth and keep the box looking fresh.

Plant Selection is Fundamental

Colorful flowers in a window box
Colorful flowers in a window box. photo by https://elements.envato.com/user/krisprahl

In addition to adding visual interest, choose plants known for their hardiness and ability to thrive in planter boxes. Some good choices include sweet potato vines, begonias, and creeping Jenny.

For full-sun areas, consider golden sword yucca or blue star juniper. Evergreen options like heather or euonymus provide year-round greenery.

As you plan your window box design, don’t forget to consider the overall aesthetic of your home’s exterior. Look for complementary colors or shapes that will enhance the look of your space.

And don’t be reluctant to get creative with your plant choices – try mixing annuals with small shrubs or herbs for an unexpected touch.

A Few Pointers on Planting Window Boxes

  • Choose plants that will thrive in your location’s specific sunlight and climate conditions.
  • Mix plants of different heights and textures for a visually exciting display.
  • Mounting the box with brackets ensures stability and longevity.
  • Using a high-quality potting mix helps plants thrive and flourish. 
  • Arranging plants carefully creates a visually appealing display from all angles.

Types of Plants for Year-Round Window Boxes

Ivy: Its trailing vines make it perfect for creating a lush and vibrant display in any season.

Add the Green of Ivy for all year round delight
Add the Green of Ivy for all-year-round delight

Pennisetum Setaceum: for added height and interest, pair it with ‘Fireworks,’ tall grass with showy purple blooms.

Tall purple-flowered 'Fireworks' grass is combined with Pennisetum Setaceum to produce a magnificent spectacle.
Tall purple-flowered ‘Fireworks’ grass is combined with Pennisetum Setaceum. 

Fragrant herbs or tasty strawberries: with your plant selection, the Fragaria strawberry plant is easy to grow and adds a pop of color in the springtime.

Fragaria strawberries in a window planter box
Fragaria strawberries in a window planter box

Fuchsia Magellanica: has beautiful purple and pink flowers that thrive in indirect sunlight.

Fuchsia Magellanica plant in a window planter box with beautiful purple flowers
Fuchsia Magellanica with beautiful purple flowers

Snapdragon: also adds a pop of color with its long, flowering spikes, and dusty miller’s silver leaves provide a unique texture to the arrangement.

Snapdragon plant in a window planter box
Snapdragon plant in a window planter box

Petunias are a classic choice: for adding bursts of color in the summer months, while coleus boasts vibrant foliage that adds interest even in the colder seasons.

Petunias plant in a window planter box
Petunias plant in a window planter box

 By selecting various plants, you can have a stunning window box display all year round.

Final Thoughts

So that’s it, folks: everything you need to get started on your year-round window box display.

I hope this guide has helped and that you’ll consider giving some (or all) of these plants a try in those plant boxes, whether on the patio or backyard.

Please comment below to let me know how your window boxes worked out; I always like reading your thoughts.

Happy planting!

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