ISSUE 36  |  Minimalist Glamour

Design Sleuth: Terra Cotta Window Boxes

September 10, 2014 1:30 PM

BY Meredith Swinehart

Earlier today, I wrote about the courtyard terrace of an Airbnb stay on the island of Ischia, Italy. (See Airbnb Visit: Under the Radar Near Capri.) From that perch, I could peek into the tiny urban gardens of surrounding apartments, and this one caught my eye. I liked the simple color combination of terra cotta with perky green succulents, and began to wonder where I might source a terra cotta window box for myself.

Photography by Meredith Swinehart

Above: Terra cotta window boxes filled with bright green aeoniums.

Above: The yellow-washed wall reminded me of a Colonial Yellow stain we featured in Palette & Paints: 8 Colorful Exterior Stains

Above: A 19-by-9-inch Italian Terra Cotta Window Box by premier importers Seibert & Rice is $165 from Florida Plants. Each is handmade in Impruneta, Italy. 

Above: The budget-friendlier Italian Windowbox is also imported from Italy and is available in three sizes, starting at 15 inches long, and ranging in price from $33 to $62 at Arizona Pottery.

Above: For UK readers, Cassetta Finestra boxes are available in four sizes, starting at 50 centimeters long, and ranging from £95 to £325 at Italian Terrace. Each box is handmade in Italy with a pale-colored Tuscan clay and weathered finish.

Read Gardenista features on Pots & Planters and shop our Pots, Planters & Plant Stands. Explore more in Design Sleuth: Vertical Garden of Terra Cotta Pots and DIY: Transform Terra Cotta Pots Into Instant Antiques.