Sprucing Up Cold Weather Window Boxes

It seems that even the hardiest of late summer blooms are finally facing their fate in Washington. Rather than watching them brown over and sit idle until next spring, we're looking for festive ways to fill our back porch herb boxes in the off season. Here are a few of our favorites. Candles in small hurricanes and glittering colored bottles may not be a permanent fix, but they would make a wonderful, unexpected arrangement for a holiday party. Although we prefer our gourds on the table, we like the ease and interest they add to dreary empty window boxes too. I think kettle guards or baby boo guards would look especially festive. I love the soft look of wheat stalks, but had never thought of bundling them in the window box. Cut sprigs of pine are the easiest, fool proof way to go. Winter pine greens sprinkled with pine cones and berry branches make for a lush, natural looking box. Or just skip the springs and fill your boxes with mounds of pine cones. Last year Regina spotted these beautiful aspen branch window boxes in Montreal. As one commenter pointed out, it would also be a pretty way to store kindling on your balcony — the un-painted version, of course.

What are your favorite cold weather window box fillers?

(Images: 1, 3-5: Better Homes and Gardens, 2: Martha Stewart, 6: Real Simple, 7: Apartment Therapy: Chicago)

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