New England may currently be covered in more snow, but this lousy March weather can't stop me from fantasizing about April and May flowers. Lately, I've been drawn to window boxes, especially when they aren't your average perennials, or your average containers. When planning your plants, here are 5 inspirational ways to think outside the (window) box.
1. Window boxes need not be relegated to windows. Lining creeping plants along a balcony or outdoor railing adds a soft edge to city living and increases privacy.
2. Martha Stewart takes the railing concept and raises a wall. By hanging planters at different heights (or using standing planters of varying sizes), you can create a secret garden feel.
3. Don't just showcase your green thumb, share your interests. These wooden planters would be pretty yet plain if not for the book spines painted along them.
4. Dirt not your style? Grab some mismatched containers and display some cut blooms on a windowsill or outdoor ledge.
5. Pot your plants and line them up. The classic look of terracotta add an earthy quality to this option. This would look equally lovely inside your window, on a porch or balcony.