How to Make an Easy Fall Window Box

Fall window box

Window boxes can be difficult to maintain in the winter. For a little something different this fall, try these easy and budget-friendly window boxes – I spotted this one on one of my walks.

A simple but colorful ornamental kale is planted in the center, surrounded by bright gourds and multicolored corn. A few strands of vinca trail over the sides to give dimension and softness to the box. And to bring it all together, a raffia bow puts the finishing touch on the harvest theme!


Leaves of decorative cabbage.
Ornamental cabbage can add beautiful color and fullness to your window box! (AdobeStock ©schankz)

Explore the many varieties of ornamental cabbage and kale at your local garden center. They’ll stay pretty well into winter and will even get more colorful after a few chilly nights.

For the harvest veggies, try your local farmer’s market or pumpkin patch (or even the grocery store). Or, for a perennial treat, you could pick up gourds made of plastic or resin to re-use next year! For the trailing plants, try periwinkle (vinca), ivy, creeping euonymus, or anything else you have on hand in your yard.

Other suggestions for fall displays include:

Orange and purple fall mums
Mums can add a pop of color to make your window box stand out! (AdobeStock ©Tamela)

For a larger box, tuck in a few mums or asters for a burst of blooms.


Maize ear on stalk in a corn field.
Adding sheaves of corn will add depth to your window box. (AdobeStock ©Bits and Splits)

Add a sheaf of cornstalks for height and depth to your window box.


Pink flowers from a Crape Myrtle tree.
Flowers from a Crape Myrtle will further brighten your window box.

Don’t forget dried flowers. As you clean up your perennial garden, save some dried cuttings for your window boxes. Yarrow, Sedum, Black-Eyed Susans and Crape Myrtle all have an interesting texture and seed heads.


Herb garden on a rustic wooden table.
By adding greenery your window box will thrive and boost curb appeal! (AdobeStock ©Maksim Shebeko)

Pick kales and cabbages with red and green tones. Then in December, you can simply replace the gourds with greenery and berries for the holidays.


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