Happy Fall Y’all! To say it is my most favorite time of the year would be an understatement. Over the past weekend, I got the itch to give the front of our home a little Fall Appeal (well, fall curb appeal). And I started by creating an inexpensive autumn window box planter for under $20!
Filling planters can add up, so I challenged myself to stay under $20 for this large window box. To do so I grabbed some small clearance mums ($1 each) and 3 pumpkins (2 small and one a little larger at $3.50 each), for this window box. I really wanted to include some of those ornamental cabbages, but I had to abstain, as it would have pushed me over my budget at $5/piece . So for greenery I grabbed two hanging vines from the dying window boxes in our backyard.
I had originally planned to use some hay to fill the box, but instead opted for some sticks which I intended on picking from the back yard. But, when I got home I remembered the pussy willow branches I bought for my spring tour and decided to use those instead.
So here’s what I did:
Put the pumpkins in place and then planted mums to flank the center pumpkin. Then the sweet potato vine, then the other two mums.
Once I was done with that I decided to stick the pussy willow branches leaning out of the dirt for some height in the back.
Then I stepped away and thought, man, something is missing. It looked sad and wimpy.
When assembling planters, a good rule of thumb is to have a Spiller (a hanging plant or vine), a Thriller (something for height) and a Filler (something full that fills in bare spaces)—Remembering this, I realized—I had my thriller (the sticks), I had my spiller (the vine) but was in need of a filler. I remembered the dying boxwood in our backyard that I swear was beginning to look like a burning bush! I love boxwoods because they are so hardy and tend to dry quite nicely.
I snipped a few branches off and filled in the bare spots in my window box. Tucked a little under the pumpkins and some behind and in between the mums until I achieved the look I liked.
And overall, I don’t think it was too shabby for under $20
Also, up next in Fall Appeal, fall landscaping: cleaning out the summer garden beds and planting hardy shrubs. Check back to see what we were able to accomplish in one afternoon.