ISSUE 68  |  Africana

10 Easy Pieces: Wooden Window Boxes

April 16, 2013 3:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

Whoever invented the window box deserves a Nobel Prize, even if it means creating a new awards category. A simple wooden planter mounted on the wall is equally useful if you’re an urban gardener with no other outdoor space or the owner of a sprawling estate: Who doesn’t like to look through the window to see an entire garden in a single box, peeking over the sill? Here are ten of our favorite wood window boxes:

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Above: Photograph by Gillian Gutenberg via Flickr.

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Above: An untreated Pine Rectangular Planter, 42 inches long by 13 inches wide, is $90 from Jamali Garden.

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Above: Perfectly sized for apartment balconies, the Minifarm Box Rolling Balcony Box measures a compact 48-by-16-by-18 inches. Made in Los Angeles from FSC certified US cedar, it is highly termite- and rot-resistant and will last for from 10 to 15 years untreated. The easily assembled box includes non-marking swivel castors for easy planting and mobility; $219 at the Potted Store. For more see our previous post: Garden Beds for the Urban Dweller.

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Above: A Banded Redwood Windowbox, reinforced with stainless steel bands, is available in five lengths from 24 inches to 72 inches; from $49.97 to $119.97 from Windowbox.

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Above: A 22-inch-long Western Cedar Flower Planter is 7 1/2 inches tall and left untreated to weather to a silvery gray; with drainage holes, it is $41.95 from Woodenstitch via Etsy.

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Above: A Teak Windowbox, available in two lengths (30 and 36 inches), has drainage holes and sits on cleats; from $55.95 to $59.95 from Gardeners.

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Above: A Cedar Window Box is available in two lengths–24 inches and 36 inches–and is $79.95 or $99.95 depending on size from Williams-Sonoma Agrarian.

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Above: A Paneled Redwood Window Box is available in three lengths–24, 33, and 44 inches–at prices ranging from $36.97 to $55.97 depending on size from Windowbox.

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Above: A 36-inch-long Mayne Westport Wood Window Box made of Chinese fir comes in two configurations; $69.99 for the box alone or $109.99 with optional mounting brackets included from Hayneedle.

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Above: A 48-inch-long Natural Cedar Planter is $163.40 from Lowe’s.

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Above: Made from recycled hardwood pallets, 16-inch-long Pallet Planters are $12 apiece from Urban Garden Center via Etsy.

Wondering what to plant in your window box? See DIY: A Window Box Grows in Brooklyn.