Of all your outdoor planters, it’s the window boxes that will be on full display throughout the year. If your window box doesn’t look good, your house won’t look its best, and the curb appeal police (or your HOA) will be complaining at your front door. Front yard window boxes should be well designed, with plants changed out every season or more often to keep the display fresh. If flowers are spent, leggy, dried out, and it looks like you’re growing a doll sized tumbleweed patch, it’s time to either get rid of the box or learn how to arrange the right plants for your region and for the right season.
Get to work! We found 10 diverse and beautiful window boxes to give you ideas for fall.
10 Stunning Fall Window Boxes Ideas And Remodel
1. Box of Whimsy
A few mainstays remain along with the mushroom shaped garden ornaments, but this box is freshened up for fall with yellow orange coreopsis, ornamental peppers, red stemmed euphorbia (spurge), pimply yellow gourds, and cream and orange mini pumpkins.
2. Urban Boxes
The Minneapolis based design firm Botanical Blitz focuses on outdoor floral arrangements and displays, creating growing works of art and changing out plants for clients each season or more often. Large planters on an urban deck featuring eye catching plants like lime green sweet potato vine (Ipomea), ornamental grasses, mums, coreopsis, and trailing needlepoint ivy.
3. Kale and Mums
Yellow chrysanthemums, dwarf ornamental grasses, and ornamental kale provide rich, deep tones of autumn. Small pumpkins are tucked in as a reminder that Halloween and pumpkin pies are around the corner.
4. Keeping It Low
Kris Jarrett of Driven by Decor believes that layering plants will result in the most attractive window boxes. The boxes at her Connecticut home are hung high, which prohibits her from planting taller thrillers (using the thriller, filler, spiller method), as they’d cover up the bottom part of the window (and block the view from indoors). Adding to the challenge: the boxes are shallow, meaning whatever is planted can’t develop deep roots. Her solution: cabbage, kale, chrysanthemums,ornamental peppers, gourds, and pumpkins.
5. Autumn Greens
Jester’s Crown fern, green and white caladium, white mums, cut Annabelle hydrangea flowers, dried Astilbe flowers, frilly ornamental kale, and a fat white pumpkin create a variety of textures and greens in a fall window box arrangement by Linda of Q is for Quandie. She recommends this arrangement for early fall up until frost; the first hard frost will kill the caladium.
6. Tulip Substitutes
Since tulips don’t grow in the fall, Elizabeth of Pretty Pink Tulips keeps the trailing ivy and other plants in her window box, going for an easy update with mums and pumpkins.
7. Hydrangea Filler
Liz Latham of Hoosier Homemade likes to use odd numbers (a good design rule) for her Indiana home’s window boxes. For fall, she uses larger pumpkins and gourds in the middle and at each end, mum plants, and dried hydrangea flowers tucked into a bed of hay and dried grasses that spill over the box for a fun look.
8. Lavender and White
Bria Hammel Interiors, based in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, created a stunning lavender/purple and white autumn window box using chrysanthemums, different varieties of ornamental kale and cabbage, white pumpkins, and pale gourds.
9. Cottage Design
Jane and Leo Windham of Cottage at the Crossroads are do it yourselfers who love to make beautiful things happen in their yard. Their fall window box includes gourds grown in the garden, English ivy, creeping Jenny, foxtail fern (aka asparagus fern), and annual additions of orange marigolds.
10. Reminders of Late Summer
Snapdragons, million bells, sweet alyssum, and purple pansies grace a brick red colored window box on Church Street in Charleston, South Carolina.