How to Create a Fall Window Box or Container


Window boxes and containers are a great way to bring in fall color to your outdoor landscape. Fill the window boxes with cool-season flowers and plants to create a vibrant design. If you don't have a lot of space, you can still grow fall beauties in containers around your home. Containers are the perfect garden addition to use in small spaces because they pack a lot of punch. They also can be changed out each season with fresh flowers and plants for an updated and stunning look to your outdoor garden.

Step 1

Analyze the existing colors around your home so you can incorporate them into the fall window box.

Step 2

Use a nutrient-laden potting soil that has adequate drainage. Add compost to the potting soil for additional nutrients and heat, which help the plants to flourish and thrive.

Step 3

Select a mixture of fall annuals like pansies mixed with unexpected foliage plants like ornamental cabbages to add to your fall window box.

Step 4

Grow a creeping vine in the front of the container or window box for an elegant draping effect to the landscape. Plant creeping thyme for a fragrant addition to the box. Use Virginia creeper along the front of a container for its brilliant red fall leaves.

Step 5

Plant a dwarf evergreen shrub like Alberta spruce to the container. Create height in the container by planting a cedar shrub, another evergreen plant. Mix in draping fall blooms like orange carpet along the base of the container.

Step 6

Plant ornamental grass like blue fescue and fountain grass inside the container. Add height to your containers with these cool-weather grasses that look stunning anywhere in your garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Compost
  • Annuals
  • Creeping vines
  • Evergreens
  • Ornamental grass


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About this Author

Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.