Color with Kale: Crisp nights, frost, and crystal-clear days bring lush, vibrant colors to flowering kale. *What's planted: Nagoya kale, Peacock kale, purple violas, and lemon cypress

Color with Kale - Add Charm with Window Boxes

Color with Kale: Crisp nights, frost, and crystal-clear days bring lush, vibrant colors to flowering kale. *What's planted: Nagoya kale, Peacock kale, purple violas, and lemon cypress

In this window box, a tall pyramid-shaped boxwood serves as the anchor plant. To each side, a small, round boxwood repeats the texture and fills the container with substantial foliage. Accent the green with bright red nandina berries gathered from the yard.    *What's planted: boxwoods, paperwhites, green-and-white flowering cabbages (in 4-inch pots), silvery dusty miller, white violas, green & white ivy, & red nandina berries

Winterize Your Window Box - Add Charm with Window Boxes

In this window box, a tall pyramid-shaped boxwood serves as the anchor plant. To each side, a small, round boxwood repeats the texture and fills the container with substantial foliage. Accent the green with bright red nandina berries gathered from the yard. *What's planted: boxwoods, paperwhites, green-and-white flowering cabbages (in 4-inch pots), silvery dusty miller, white violas, green & white ivy, & red nandina berries

One simple rule to make windowboxes like these more interesting: Plant a thriller (something tall, such as a blooming geranium), a filler (something to add fullness, such as colorful caladium), and a spiller (something to trail over the sides, such as purple petunias).    What's planted: salmon pink geranium, 'Pink Beauty' caladium, and purple petunias

Make It Interesting - Add Charm with Window Boxes

One simple rule to make windowboxes like these more interesting: Plant a thriller (something tall, such as a blooming geranium), a filler (something to add fullness, such as colorful caladium), and a spiller (something to trail over the sides, such as purple petunias). What's planted: salmon pink geranium, 'Pink Beauty' caladium, and purple petunias

The big challenge in choosing plants for this hayrack was picking colors to complement the vivid coral of the stucco wall.    What's planted: coral twinspur (diascia), blue Panola pansy, blue delphinium, blue edging lobelia, white common geranium, coral trailing petunia, and white 'Diamond Frost' euphorbia

Go for the Bold - Add Charm with Window Boxes

The big challenge in choosing plants for this hayrack was picking colors to complement the vivid coral of the stucco wall. What's planted: coral twinspur (diascia), blue Panola pansy, blue delphinium, blue edging lobelia, white common geranium, coral trailing petunia, and white 'Diamond Frost' euphorbia

This lush planter reflects the proven "thriller, filler, spiller" recipe that puts a tall plant in the center, mounding plants on the sides, and trailing plants flowing over the edges.    What's planted: Japanese iris is the thriller. White snapdragon, violet African daisy, red common geranium, and white 'Tidal Wave Silver' petunia are fillers. Pink and red ivy geraniums, dark red calibrachoa, and purple Lanai verbena are spillers.

Follow the Magic Formula - Add Charm with Window Boxes

This lush planter reflects the proven "thriller, filler, spiller" recipe that puts a tall plant in the center, mounding plants on the sides, and trailing plants flowing over the edges. What's planted: Japanese iris is the thriller. White snapdragon, violet African daisy, red common geranium, and white 'Tidal Wave Silver' petunia are fillers. Pink and red ivy geraniums, dark red calibrachoa, and purple Lanai verbena are spillers.

This window box dresses up the front of the home while providing extra gardening space. Horticulturist Tracee Lund, of Potted Pleasures in Charleston, South Carolina, used light colors to evoke a cooler feel in summer. The white, chartreuse, and green also pick up the colors of the house and small front garden.    What's planted: 'Aaron' white caladium, 'Key Lime Pie' heuchera, 'White Nancy' spotted dead nettle, holly fern, ivy, and light pink periwinkle

Add Charm with Window Boxes

This window box dresses up the front of the home while providing extra gardening space. Horticulturist Tracee Lund, of Potted Pleasures in Charleston, South Carolina, used light colors to evoke a cooler feel in summer. The white, chartreuse, and green also pick up the colors of the house and small front garden. What's planted: 'Aaron' white caladium, 'Key Lime Pie' heuchera, 'White Nancy' spotted dead nettle, holly fern, ivy, and light pink periwinkle

Stenciled Roller Shade:   Stencil your favorite design onto a plain roller shade.   DIY from Martha Stewart.

Stenciled Roller Shade: Stencil your favorite design onto a plain roller shade. DIY from Martha Stewart.

Tea Towel Window:   Using two kitschy tea towels clip drapery hooks to the top edge of a dishtowel and hang from a cafe curtain rod.   Idea from bhg.com.

Tea Towel Window: Using two kitschy tea towels clip drapery hooks to the top edge of a dishtowel and hang from a cafe curtain rod. Idea from bhg.com.

Ruffles:   Accent a room with flirty, feminine ruffles.     (Curtain, anthropologie.com; bathroom towels, Simply Shabby Chic, $29.99 for three-piece set; Target)

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Ruffles: Accent a room with flirty, feminine ruffles. (Curtain, anthropologie.com; bathroom towels, Simply Shabby Chic, $29.99 for three-piece set; Target)

Window Boxes 101:   We went straight to Charlie Nardozzi, senior horticulturist for the National Gardening Association, to get the scoop on container-planting basics.  PLANT PLACEMENT Feel free to get creative — there are no hard-and-fast rules. That said, for a foolproof composition, follow this traditional scheme: Place tall, spiky grasses in the back, trailing varieties at the front and sides, and fill the middle with bushier plants.  SOIL Tempting as it may seem, don't just dig up dirt…

4 Creative Ways to Reinvent Plain Wood Window Boxes

Window Boxes 101: We went straight to Charlie Nardozzi, senior horticulturist for the National Gardening Association, to get the scoop on container-planting basics. PLANT PLACEMENT Feel free to get creative — there are no hard-and-fast rules. That said, for a foolproof composition, follow this traditional scheme: Place tall, spiky grasses in the back, trailing varieties at the front and sides, and fill the middle with bushier plants. SOIL Tempting as it may seem, don't just dig up dirt…

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