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Fall Windowbox Planting

By: Jennifer HowellJennifer Howell
See how to plant up a colorful windowbox for fall with cool-season annuals and dried accents from the garden to dress up a front entry in our how-to video!

Refresh windowboxes for fall

If there’s anywhere that can benefit from a seasonal refresh, it’s a windowbox by the front door. Here’s a high-impact autumn plan with bright color contrasts and a variety of textures. Watch the video above to see how I planted up this colorful fall windowbox and tips for keeping it looking good through the rest of the season!

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Add a pop of color with late-season plants

Even as the rest of your garden starts to slow down in fall, there’s still time to add a splash of color to containers. Since plants aren’t as likely to grow as quickly at the end of the growing season, go ahead and pack them together to get a look you love right away. The nice thing about fall containers is that as the weather starts to cool and the sun becomes less intense, they don’t usually require as much water or attention to remain healthy.


Tips for planting your fall windowbox

  • Let the stipa grass, violas and petunias spill over and soften the front edge of the box, and back it up with the tall spires of bright red celosia. Fill the space between with floss flower, marigolds and a couple varieties of ornamental kale.

  • Windowboxes are notoriously narrow, so you might be surprised how tightly you have to pack the plants. Once that’s done, add even more long-lasting interest with dried stems or twigs from your garden or the craft store. These hydrangea stems were picked green and have aged beautifully.

  • Tuck field corn tassels, cattails, maiden grass seedheads and dried hydrangea blooms along the back of the box and between plants in the center to add height and seasonal interest.

Fall windowbox lettered planting plan: This windowbox is 8 x 8.75 x 30 inches long.

Fall windowbox plant list

A) Floss flower Ageratum houstonianum Aloha Blue
B) Celosia Celosia argentea var. cristata ‘Smart Look Red’
C) French marigold Tagetes patula ‘Fireball’
D) Viola Viola hybrid
E) Stipa grass Anemanthele lessoniana ‘Sirocco’
F) Petchoa Petunia x calibrachoa Supercal® Premium Cinnamon
G) Ornamental kale Brassica oleracea
This windowbox is 8 x 8.75 x 30 inches long.

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