Pictures of Window Boxes and Railing Boxes

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    Luxurious Window Box

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    Window Box by Allen Sterling & Lothrup. container gardening picture of window box by Allen Sterling & Lothrup

    Window boxes and railing boxes can transform the look of a home or deck. When it comes to color combinations and plants, the sky really is the limit. You can even make an edible window box. The biggest challenge with window boxes is watering them. Because most don't hold a whole lot of soil, they require frequent watering. Remember this when you're planning your window box. Make sure you can easily reach it with a hose or watering can. Self-watering window boxes are also a great...MORE solution, but again, you will need to be able to fill the reservoir.

    This window box uses a layering technique to give it a luxurious look. Notice how the front row of plants drapes over the edge, hiding the moss lined metal, hay rack style window box. The second uses a layer of midsized, full, upright plants and the back uses tall up right plants. The contrasting colors pop, giving the design interest.

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    Smitten Window Box, Wiscasset, Maine

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    Window Box at Smitten in Wiscasset, Maine. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    There are many towns in New England whose window boxes will knock your socks off. Though downtown Wiscasset, Maine is tiny, there are several stunning window boxes.

    Every year I look forward to checking out the window boxes at Smitten, a lovely store in the center of town. The plants in the window boxes are always different, but the combination is imaginative, usually featuring contrasting colors. In this picture, the use of orange pansies and calibrachoa, along with the bright green creeping...MORE Jenny, white nicotiania and the deep purple of the sweet potato vine is stunning.

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    Growing Lettuce In Window Boxes

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    Window box by Old Stage Farm, in Center Lovell, Maine Lettuce Window Box by Old Stage Farm, Center Lovell, Maine. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    Lettuce is the perfect plant if you want to grow decorative, yet edible plants in your window boxes. This wooden window box is filled with Elegance Greens Mix from Johnny's Seeds, which is delicious as well as being, well elegant. It's also really easy to grow either from seed.

    For more information on growing lettuce in window boxes.

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    Simple Window Box

    container gardening picture of Irish window box with red verbena and calibrachoa
    Simple can be beautiful Ireland is Window Box Heaven. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    Ireland is window box heaven. They are all over and many are stunningly gorgeous. This window box is the perfect example of how a color can have great impact. The red calibrachoa and verbena are matched to the trim on the window frame and it looks great. The red also contrasts beautifully with the color of the stone. Don't be afraid to use just one color or plant. Sometimes simple can be simply fabulous.

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    Stone Railing Box in Ireland

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    Irish Window Box. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    I think of Ireland as container garden heaven. There are container gardens everywhere you look. This stone railing box features brightly colored petunias, lobelia and fuchsia.

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    Window Box in Front of Rock, Paper, Scissor, Wiscasset, Maine

    container gardening picture of window box at Rock, Paper, Scissor, Wiscasset, Maine
    Window Box at Rock, Paper, Scissor, in Wiscasset, Maine. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    This window box uses a pallet of yellows, whites and silvers. It makes the store front attractive and inviting.

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    Simple Wood Window Box

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    Window Box - Antique Store, Wiscasset, Maine. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    This simple white, wooden window box is elegant and lovely. Planted with geraniums, ivy and white bacopa, it enhances the front of the building and the display of antiques in the window behind it.

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    Coco Fiber Lined Window Box

    container gardening picture of window box by Estabrooks in Yarmouth, Maine
    Window box by Estabrooks, Yarmouth, Maine Coco Fiber Lined Window Box by Estabrooks, in Yarmouth Maine. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    This coco fiber lined window box is filled with verbena, lavendar, sweet potato vine, sage and calibrachoa.

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    Irish Window Box With Petunias

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    Window Box with Petunias. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    In Ireland, there are window boxes everywhere overflowing with blossoms of all kinds. This window box, stuffed with different colored petunias, is simple yet lovely. I love the color combination of the ivory with pink and lavender.

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    Winning Window Box Combination

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    Window Box by Allen Sterling & Lothrup. Photograph © Kerry Michaels

    You can't go wrong with pink, white and green for a simple yet attractive color combination, especially when set off against the vibrant green of the window frame.

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    Window Box on a Tool Shed

    Photograph © Kerry Michaels

    This simple and beautiful window box graced a tool shed at the Berkshire Botanical Garden. It totally changes the building, making it both whimsical and interesting.