Winter Planter Box Ideas

Planter boxes will enhance a home through all four seasons, including winter. While planter boxes adorn many porches and decks during warm spring and summer months, they can add a touch of vibrancy to a kitchen, living room or bedroom during dreary, cold days. Give the planter a personalized touch using festive craft items.

Culinary Herb Garden

Infuse your kitchen with good taste and vitality by transforming a planter box into a mini herb garden. Display the small garden in a windowsill where the herbs will flourish and grow in direct sunlight. The mini herb garden will ensure you have fresh flavors on hand for favorite recipes all throughout the winter. Fill the planter box with a variety of culinary herbs such as basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, chives, dill, fennel, sage, cilantro and lemongrass. If you have a small box and limited growing space, choose herbs according to the type of cuisine you favor, such as Italian or Mexican.

Medicinal Herb Garden

Give your bathroom a soothing spa-like ambiance with a planter box filled with an array of medicinal herbs. The green herbs will add a nature-inspired touch to a bathroom while providing fresh ingredients for facial and body treatments and relaxing teas. Create an authentic spa vibe with a rustic terracotta, wood or white wicker planter box. Fill the box with herbs such as chamomile, lemon balm, lemon verbena, marsh mallow, lavender, patchouli, clove and clary sage, which are known for their healing and medicinal properties. You can even use the herbs to create handmade spa-inspired Christmas gifts for friends and loved ones.

Holiday-Inspired Planter Box

Jazz up a boring planter box for the holidays using craft items and natural decor pieces. Use the festive box to dress up any room in your home. Paint a wooden planter box red, green or a glamorous shiny gold hue. Use stencils to write the words "Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas" across the front of the box if you desire. Place a layer of real or faux conifer branches in the bottom of the planter box to set the stage for the Christmas-inspired decor. Insert a few vibrant winterberry boughs into the branches. You can also spray paint plain branches silver or gold for an elegant look.

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