The 15 Best Window Boxes for Every Style
A vibrant garden adds curb appeal to any home. But you don't have to have a large yard—or any yard, for that matter—to make an impact. Window boxes are the perfect way to enhance your home's exterior with something bright, fragrant, and green. There are plenty of window box planters on the market, so you're sure to find something you love that complements your home's aesthetic.
Whether you want to grow flowers, plants, herbs, or vegetables, David Angelov, CEO of PlantParenthood says there's one feature that should be top of mind when you're shopping for the best window boxes: proper drainage. "No plant likes to sit in a pool of water," he says. Angelov notes that while many window boxes come with drainage holes, if you find one you love that doesn't have them, you'll likely be able to drill your own, particularly if it's made of plastic.
Our pick of planters is the Winston Porter Anastasiya Self Watering Plastic Window Box Planter. Fill the reservoir at the bottom with water and your garden is good to go for days. (If only it could weed itself, too!)
Here are the best window boxes we've found to liven up your window ledge or deck rail.
- Best Overall: Winston Porter Anastasiya Self Watering Plastic Window Box Planter
- Best Budget: Bloem Rectangular Dura Cotta Window Box
- Best Splurge: Brayden Studio Tobey Copper Window Box Planter
- Best Custom Made: Flower Window Boxes Vienna Window Box
- Best for Railings: Hanover White Resin Beadboard Deck Rail Planter
- Best Set: Latitude Run 2-Piece Plastice Window Box Planter Set
- Best Self-Watering: Lark Manor Volente Self-Watering Plastic Window Box Planter
- Best Indoor: Cityscape Indoor/Outdoor Tabletop Planters
- Best Plastic: Veradek Plastic Window Box
- Best Coco: Better Homes & Gardens Metal Lattice Coco Window Basket
- Best Wood: August Grove Tolchester Cedar Wood Window Box Planter
- Best Galvanized Metal: Breakwater Bay Drennon Nantucket Galvanized Steel Window Box Planter
- Best Wicker: Sunnydaze Hanging Rectangle Polyrattan Rail Planter with Liner
- Best Colorful: Ravenna Pottery Talavera Ceramic Ledge Planter
- Best White: Gardener's Supply Company Self Watering Window Box
What We Recommend
Best Overall: Winston Porter Anastasiya Self-Watering Plastic Window Box Planter
Best Budget: Bloem Rectangular Dura Cotta Window Box
Best Splurge: Brayden Studio Tobey Copper Window Box Planter
Best Custom Made: Flower Window Boxes Vienna Window Box
Best for Railings: Hanover White Resin Beadboard Deck Rail Planter
Best Set: Latitude Run 2-Piece Plastice Window Box Planter Set
Best Self-Watering: Lark Manor Volente Self-Watering Plastic Window Box Planter
Best Indoor: Cityscape Indoor/Outdoor Tabletop Planters
Best Plastic: Veradek Plastic Window Box
Best Coco: Better Homes & Gardens Metal Lattice Coco Window Basket
Best Wood: August Grove Tolchester Cedar Wood Window Box Planter
Best Galvanized Metal: Breakwater Bay Drennon Nantucket Galvanized Steel Window Box Planter
Best Wicker: Sunnydaze Hanging Rectangle Polyrattan Rail Planter with Liner
Best Colorful: Ravenna Pottery Talavera Ceramic Ledge Planter
Best White: Gardener's Supply Company Self-Watering Window Box
The Bottom Line
While the best window box for you is mostly dependent on personal preferences, we especially like the Winston Porter Anastasiya Self Watering Plastic Window Box Planter, which has an adaptable style and self-watering capabilities for when you're away from home for a few days.
What to Know About Window Boxes Before Shopping
No matter what type of window box you're on the hunt for, there's one feature that's a must-have: drainage holes.
"Be sure to avoid improper drainage from your boxes," Shapiro says. Depending on the material, this can cause the window box to rot faster. "The best window boxes have at least one drainage hole," she advises.
Many of the window boxes on our list come with predrilled drainage holes. If you fall in love with a window box that doesn't have them, all is not lost—Angelov says you can usually drill them yourself, particularly if you have a wooden or plastic planter.
Since most window boxes are exposed to the elements, you'll want to make sure that they are durable enough to withstand rain, wind, and UV light. When considering outdoor planter materials, look for plastics that can withstand freezing temperatures, rot-resistant hardwoods, and rust-resistant metals.
Obviously, liking the look of your planter is the most important thing—but you want to make sure it looks great when it's in place, too. The color of your trim, material of your home, and other landscaping should all be taken into account when choosing a window box.
Angelov says the material of your window box also depends on the aesthetic you're going for. If you want a higher-end custom look, he suggests a wooden box with a thin plastic liner inside. But if you're more budget conscious, there's plenty of prefabricated plastic boxes molded into any shape and color you could want. He says they're usually easy to install, and some come with built-in fasteners.
Your Questions, Answered
How do you install a window box?
Follow all manufacturer's guidelines for the proper and safe installation of window boxes. Some are flat and stable enough to remain in place on a table or a wide window ledge. If you go this route, make sure the drainage holes have room to drain or water your plants in a separate place where they can drain for a short time before putting the boxes back in their spot.
Other window boxes need to be secured by brackets or other heavy-duty fasteners so they don't tip or fall—which is especially important if you're planning to install a window box in an apartment window or from an upper story window of a house. Some window boxes come with this hardware, but it's not always included, so make sure you have everything you need before you check out.
What should you plant in a window box?
Angelov says you can plant flowers, vegetables, herbs and small plants in a window box, provided nothing grows too large and the roots don't get too crowded, as they have much less room to travel in a window box than in the ground.
Shapiro says flowers are the way to go for a beautiful window. "You can pair with vibrant perennials in dark-colored window boxes," she says. "The distinct contrast will create a showstopping view." She believes petunias, geraniums, and begonias are among the best suited for window boxes.
"What's important is to carefully select blooms that can withstand the growing conditions around your window," she says, noting that sunlight and weather conditions will vary by region. When placing your window box, find a spot that's got the right amount of sunlight or shade appropriate for whatever it is you're planting. As for the size of the window box, Shapiro says to look for ones that are roomy enough for your plants as they grow.
Who We Are
Barbara Bellesi Zito writes about home and garden topics for various lifestyle publications. She lives in Staten Island, NY, where the spring weather is fickle, but she is confident her tulips will be triumphant. To compile this list, she researched a wide range of window box planters from top brands based on their design, utility and maintenance, and ease of installation. She also consulted David Angelov, the CEO of PlantParenthood, and Shoshanna Shapiro, owner and principal designer at Sho and Co.