Boost Your Curb Appeal: A DIY Window Box for Fall

This window box container garden uses beautiful combinations of bold foliage, pops of color and different textures that immediately gives your home or deck the wow factor!  

Planting foliage in my window boxes is a favorite because it is easy to maintain all year long.

Below are easy-to-follow directions on how to plant a window box container garden with southern flair that will last for up to two years!

Step 1:  Make sure your window box container has a hole in the bottom so the water can drain once you start watering.

Make an investment in your window box and don't be afraid to go big!

Step 2: Fill the bottom of your container with the pots from the plants that you are going to use. Simply turn them over and place them in the bottom of the pot. 

Step 3: Fill half of the container with bark. 

Tip:  Add the empty pots and bark to cut down on the amount of soil needed.

Step 4: In the remaining space, pour in the soil until approximately 1 inch below the rim of the container.

*Ask your local garden center which bark and soil they recommend for you to build your window box container garden.

Step 5: Anchor your window box with two loropetalum and place pansies next to them.

Create texture by adding three nandina in the shape of a triangle in the center. Place rosemary on each side of the nandina. Soften the edges with angelina sedum and heuchera.

Step 6: Ta-da! Well done, you just planted a window box container garden!

Step 7: Branch out and get the oohs and aahs from your neighbors. Nestle nandina berries towards the front of the window box. Create a fan shape towards the back of the window box with pyracanthus and crape myrtle branches.

Step 8: Cluster bunches of wheat towards the center and display groupings of your leftover pumpkins from Halloween.

Enjoy this arrangement for three weeks then remove fall foliage.


  • Window box
  • Soil
  • Bark
  • 2 Rosemary
  • 2 Pansies
  • 2 Purple Pixie® Loropetalum
  • 3 Flirt™ Nandina
  • 1 Heuchera
  • 2 Angelina sedum
  • Mini pumpkins
  • 3 bunches of wheat
  • Fresh cut nandina berries
  • Fresh cut pyracanthus
  • Fresh cut crape myrtle branches