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10 Easy Pieces: Metal Window Boxes

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10 Easy Pieces: Metal Window Boxes

April 9, 2018

After we posted a story about some of our favorite wooden window boxes, a reader named Chris asked us to suggest some metal window boxes, as well: “It’s hard to find simple, attractive ones; they all seem to have curlicues and dragonflies and whatnot.”  For you, Chris, here are 10 metal options for windowsills or balcony railings—including zinc-plated, Cor-ten steel, galvanized steel, and powder-coated—not an embossed dragonfly in sight.

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Cor-ten Steel

A .5-inch Girona Patina Rectangular Planter is made of galvanized steel with a nontoxic paint to simulate a Cor-ten steel finish. It is $.95 from CB
Above: A 23.5-inch Girona Patina Rectangular Planter is made of galvanized steel with a nontoxic paint to simulate a Cor-ten steel finish. It is $26.95 from CB2.
A Cor-ten Steel Window Box Planter comes in two lengths (36 and 48 inches) at prices from $4.99 to $4.99 at Veradek.
Above: A Cor-ten Steel Window Box Planter comes in two lengths (36 and 48 inches) at prices from $134.99 to $164.99 at Veradek.
A weighty 47-pound Cor-ten Ranch Planter is 46 inches long and might be better placed on the ground beneath a window than on a sill; contact Planterworx for pricing and availability.
Above: A weighty 47-pound Cor-ten Ranch Planter is 46 inches long and might be better placed on the ground beneath a window than on a sill; contact Planterworx for pricing and availability.

Zinc

A Vence Window Box, available in two sizes (approximately .5 and 35.5 inches), is made of weatherproof zinc-plated steel; £35 and £50 at Garden Trading.
Above: A Vence Window Box, available in two sizes (approximately 23.5 and 35.5 inches), is made of weatherproof zinc-plated steel; £35 and £50 at Garden Trading.
A Grey Zinc Window Box available in two lengths (.75 and 35.5 inches); $.99 and $.99 at Jamali Garden.
Above: A Grey Zinc Window Box available in two lengths (23.75 and 35.5 inches); $17.99 and $24.99 at Jamali Garden.
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Above: A Zinc Window Box measuring about 31.5 inches wide is £27.50 from Amazon UK.

Galvanized Steel

A Galvanized Steel Balcony Box has vertical grooves for added stability against wind. Available in 69.5 and 89.5 centimeter lengths; €.50 and €3data-src=
Above: A Galvanized Steel Balcony Box has vertical grooves for added stability against wind. Available in 69.5 and 89.5 centimeter lengths; €23.50 and €31 at Manufactum. A Galvanized Steel Balcony Box Holder is sold separately in two sizes; €38 and €40.
A shallow Galvanised Steel Planter Trough also is good to grow &#8
Above: A shallow Galvanised Steel Planter Trough also is good to grow “ice and drinks at parties,” notes retailer Garden Trading. It measures nearly 31.5 inches long and about 6.7 inches deep (at this depth, we suggest using it as a container for potted plants) and is £24.
A galvanized Socker flower box from Ikea is powder-coated and can hang from a balcony railing; $data-src=
Above: A galvanized Socker flower box from Ikea is powder-coated and can hang from a balcony railing; $11.99.
A 30-inch Galvanized Metal Planter Box with rounded corners is made of iron; $59.99 from Pottery Barn.
Above: A 30-inch Galvanized Metal Planter Box with rounded corners is made of iron; $59.99 from Pottery Barn.
For more window box options, see 10 Easy Pieces: Wooden Window Boxes. And find more outdoor accessories, from Round Wood Dining Tables to Portable Greenhouses, in our newly updated 10 Easy Pieces archives.

Wondering what to plant in your window box this spring? See our curated guides to Edible Plants 101, including growing guides for herbs such as Parsley, Chives, Sweet Basil, and Thyme. See more inspiration and companion plants for window boxes.

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