Pop a flower box underneath your home’s front window, add one to your porch railing, or put a few around your patio. Colorful blooms add instant curb appeal and are an easy, inexpensive way to jazz up your home’s exterior.
There are so many different flower box ideas to consider, and they’re easy to customize and maintain, too. Unless they’re anchored to siding, they’re a breeze to move, so you can ensure your flowers always have enough sunlight, and you can switch around your decor from year to year.
So if you want to add a bright pop of color to your home, check out some of our favorite flower box ideas and the best flowers to add to them.
What Flowers Are Best For Flower Boxes?
First, always use quality soil when filling your flower boxes. Because of the shallow design of most flower boxes, you likely want to stick to planting annuals. Don’t waste your money on expensive perennials that will die when cold weather arrives unless you plan to uproot and plant them elsewhere in your garden (or protect them somehow).
For maximum visual appeal, choose flowers that will bloom throughout the summer season. For hanging boxes, you might select flowers with a trailing habit. Some flowers that do well in flower boxes include impatiens, geraniums, nasturtiums, petunias, begonias, and coleus.
Remember to add drainage holes to prevent root rot, and don’t forget your flower boxes when watering the rest of your garden.
Flower Box Ideas
Not sure how to arrange or decorate your flower boxes? Here are 30 ideas to inspire you this gardening season.
Tall And Trailing Flower Box Ideas
This flower box cleverly utilizes a mix of tall and trailing plants. The combination delivers a visual arrangement that looks almost tropical.
Railing Flower Boxes
Boxes don’t need to fit under windows, you can place them on railings, too. Here, the boxes are front and center on the railings and filled with beautiful purple and red annuals.
Holiday Flower Box Ideas
Flower boxes aren’t just for spring and summertime. Fill them year-round with holiday-specific decor. Check out the window boxes on this adorable little homestead. They’re filled with lights and evergreen branches and look incredibly quaint. Imagine how it will look when the world is blanketed in snow.
Wrap-Around Flower Boxes
This stately home looks even more so with gorgeous wrap-around window boxes that don’t just sit at the base of the windows. They follow the curve of the house and make a lovely adornment on the brick facade.
Wrought Iron Flower Boxes
These wrought iron flower boxes pair nicely with the wrought iron window grate and add a touch of nature to an otherwise hard exterior.
Square Entryway Flower Box Ideas
Flower boxes don’t need to be affixed to a wall. You can have blooms in freestanding containers like these.
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They’re a beautiful porch accent and help create an inviting front doorway for guests.
Dark Wood And Wrought Iron Flower Boxes
This flower box’s dark wood and wrought iron accents look fabulous juxtaposed against the old brick. The lush arrangement of greenery and blooms almost looks like a living wall.
Lattice Flower Boxes
For more of a farmhouse-style appearance, add some lattice to the front of your window boxes — like the one pictured here with its charming arrangement of delicate annuals.
Tall Flower Planters
Not able to affix anything to your home’s exterior but interested in adding flowers at eye-height for visual impact?
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Use tall planters to mimic the height you’d get from affixing planter boxes underneath ground-level windows.
Playhouse Flower Box Ideas
Flowers aren’t only for regular-sized homes. Isn’t this little playhouse just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? The flower boxes are the perfect cherry on top.
Simple Flower Box Ideas
For those without a ton of DIY experience or on a budget, there’s nothing wrong with keeping things simple. This plain wood flower box is a great starter planter. If you want to add some color, painting or staining is super easy, too.
Regular flower boxes all have about the same dimensions, but if you need to fill a space and can’t find the right size at the store, why not build your own? This lengthy flower container spans a short garden wall and livens it up a little.
DIY Painted Flower Box
If you’re a creative type with the urge to make art, try using your flower boxes as a canvas. Anything goes — from something like this cute owl design to intricate patterns.
Tiered Hanging Flower Boxes
This tiered, hanging flower box contraption is an excellent choice for small spaces. If you’re renting and can’t anchor a flower box to the wall, go vertical instead.
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If you have a tiny backyard and want to add flowers but don’t have any railings or windows, this clever quad planter is a great idea.
White planters may seem like a basic, boring idea, but this ensemble allows your chosen blooms to really pop. Let the flowers do all the talking when you match your flower boxes to your railing, wall, or window accents.
This is another perfect example of why you should consider tall blooms for your flower boxes. They really make a statement.
You can barely spot the box thanks to the chosen vining plants. It almost looks as if the plants are floating there. Just be sure to select vining plants that won’t damage your home’s exterior or encourage an influx of pests.
Simple Store-Bought Flower Planters
There’s nothing wrong with buying plain store-bought planters and filling them with whatever your heart desires. If you have limited yard space, try using flower boxes to grow herbs. Let them go to seed and produce flowers, and you’ll attract a bevy of pollinators to your tiny garden.
Flower Box Wall
This public wall is adorned with a beautiful flower box arrangement. Try replicating this design with a bare wall in your home. If you don’t have an exterior wall that will work, you can use a fence instead.
For a more natural look, try these basket planters. Here, a combination of purple blooms and greenery looks stunning against the straw-filled containers.
Flowers Boxes As A Railing Replacement
On this wide front porch, flower boxes act as a replacement for the railing. If you’re not interested in adding an expensive railing attachment for your front or back porch but want something to divide up and block off the space, consider long, tall planters like the one pictured above.
Seasonal Flower Boxes
When holidays come round, use your flower boxes to add seasonal decor to the mix. Here, a pumpkin sits among the box of flowers for an autumn-specific look.
These space saving, lean-to planters are ideal for a variety of flowers and herbs. Grow plants with different needs in every tier, and don’t worry about finding wall or railing space for your boxes.
Matching the window box with the shutters adds a dramatic flair to this arrangement. Inside, the selection of delicate blooms doesn’t overpower the black color palette.
Built-In Flower Boxes
The DIY front stoop features an original built-in flower box. The boxes delineate the space and are perfect for planting annuals.
A lot of people think that because they don’t have a yard, they can’t take up gardening. These simple balcony planters can be filled with anything from annuals to tasty herbs.
Flower Box Greenery
In these window box planters, greenery makes a huge statement. The trailing foliage and lush greens add plenty of bulk to complement small blooms.
Raised Planters For Flowers
Raised garden beds aren’t just for growing vegetables. Use them to host a variety of pretty flowers in your yard or patio.
Backyard Flower Boxes
Here’s another example of flower boxes being used in place of a railing. They cut off the patio area from the rest of the backyard and are filled with beautiful blooms that add plenty of visual interest. You could also use the planters to grow herbs or veggies.
This letter-shaped vertical wall planter is a creative idea. And if letters don’t quite fit your style, choose another shape for your wall-bound flower arrangement.