Fall Window Boxes + How To Cheat Them

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I am sharing my fall window boxes today – how to style them – and 2 fun tips on how you can “cheat” to make these easier.

Fall Window Boxes

I know everyone likes to see what others are doing during the change of seasons. Thanks to Krista, The Happy Housie, for hosting this Outdoor Decorating For Fall Series. At the bottom I’ve linked to the 20 outdoor spaces in the series!

If you are looking for fall window box ideas – this post is for you!

a white brick home with window boxes
(A home with pretty fall window boxes near by where I live)

large house with 3 fall window boxes

We built our house on a corner lot. It’s the first house you see on our street, and it sits somewhat prominently as you drive into this side of the neighborhood. Now that we have our backyard fixed up the way we like it and are really enjoying that space, I am focusing on the front that everyone else sees!

large front porch with fall window boxes

See our fall front porch here!

Decorating Fall Window Boxes And 2 Ways To Cheat

If you are looking for tips from an expert botanist, well just hit the back button because it’s not here! But I understand color and have an eye for design, plus I’ve now done this enough times to figure out a few hacks to share. That goes a long way here!

Also, with a little planning, everyone will find window boxes surprisingly easy to make beautiful! So you can do this too!

But what to do for fall?

a fall window box with purples and blues on a house

I bought these self watering window boxes last spring after a trip to Charleston motivated me – where every little window has a colorful box!

Colors for Fall Window Boxes

The 3 most popular color combos:

  1. Traditional Autumn Window Box Using bronze, yellow and deep orange (mums, pansies, ornamental peppers etc.), fill your boxes with orange and yellows. Fill in empty spots with mini ornamental peppers, pumpkins and yellow squash or gourds.
  2. Green & White Window Box Using lots of leafy greens and focusing more on textures,  fill in your window boxes with ornamental kale, cabbage, green ivy. Look for leaves that have colors from white, lime green to deep forest green on leaves. Lastly, use white mini ornamental pumpkins and white gourds to fill in spaces.
  3. Wine Colored Fall Window Box Choose blooms from light pink to deep purple or even maroon flowering plants. This could be mums of all kinds that have those colors, and cabbage and kale with the deep purple centers. Fill in spaces with green trailing ivy or white mini ornamental pumpkins and gourds.

I decided on wine colored mums for the lavish centerpiece and the bold pop of color. Next, I complimented the large mums with heads of ornamental kale with deep purple centers and fun ruffled leaves.

a fall window box with purples and blues

Ornamental kale is ideal for fall window boxes – it has great texture, and ruffled leaves that are various shades of green. Lastly, I stuck in the lighter purple lavender for long-lasting color within the gaps.

An optional step here is to add some baby pumpkins – the small, white little ones. If you find yourself with some empty spaces, baby pumpkins make a great fall window box filler.

Drop in a little Miracle Grow fertizlier once a week to every 10 days, and water when the soil is dry, and you should be all set!

a fall window box with purple mums

But – with 4 kids at home – tending to window boxes daily isn’t an option. I have to rely on a little sorcery to keep these window boxes looking good year round!

Cheat Tip # 1

My lavender plant is actually faux lavender picks and works hard as filler in spring and summer – and now my fall window boxes too. If you don’t have that magical gardening pro gene, or if you want to save a little cash on an extra full box, you need a few faux sprigs in your boxes to give you a break!

showing which flowers in a fall window box are fake and which are real

There are all kinds of faux plants that are UV resistant and sold as window box fillers. I prefer to mix just one or two faux plants in with my real flowers. This keeps the real, most vibrant blooms the star of the show- the faux plants are there to just complement your bold flowers.

Having a few faux sprigs will also save your boxes when the real plants aren’t looking their best! A mix is key to creating a full fall window box design that’s easy to handle and not tacky.

I love these wisteria stems – the kiwi color could work for spring, summer, and fall! These fall blooms could also complement a traditional autumn faux box.

Cheat Tip #2

My summer plants had all been planted in the good gardening soil, but I didn’t want to have to replant my pretty mums and kale. So I dug out a small space, kept the plants in their pots and dropped them in.

>>Be sure and take a peek at my fall living room and entry!<<

dog sitting on sofa next to blue and green pillows
fall window boxes with purple mums and kale

Just take care when picking out blooms that they are in pots the right size to squeeze in your window box. Next, push the soil in the box up against the pot so it looks covered, and you’re good to go!

Remember that plants in their pots will likely dry out faster than if in a self watering window box.

I always love to look at other window boxes for inspiration. There were so many good ones when I was looking around for fall window box ideas. Here are my favorites!

close up of purple fall window boxes

Photo I snapped of a home just built

fall window boxes with purple mums

Source : BHG

a fall window box with peppers

Source: Driven by Decor

fall window boxes with orange pumpkins

Source: Pretty Pink Tulips

a fall window box with green and purple flowers

Source: Simply Stylings

Be sure and take a peek at our fall front porch, or my fall living room and entry:

living room with blue ginger gars and green magnolia leaves

Pin Now and Find Again Later:

pinterst image of fall decor

And today I’ve joined some of my talented blogging friends who are also sharing their outdoor spaces decked out for fall. You can hop around and check out their posts by clicking on the links below their image.

The Happy Housie ** Tatertots & Jello ** Craftberry Bush ** A Pretty Life

Lolly Jane ** Rambling Renovators ** Cassie Bustamante ** My Sweet Savannah

The DIY Mommy ** Willow Street Interiors ** Cherished Bliss ** Amidst the Chaos

Finding Silver Pennies ** Life is a Party ** Chrissy Marie Blog ** Life is Better at Home

Modern Glam ** This is Our Bliss ** She Gave it a Go ** Clean & Scentsible