I developed a keen interest in the flower boxes last summer when we moved to a new home that had flower boxes already installed below many windows in the front and the back of the home.
Upon moving in there were no flowers in there, however, with the help of my mother-in-law, we were able to quickly and inexpensively create a series of gorgeous flower boxes in the front and the rear of our home.
You don’t need a great deal of space to create gorgeous gardens. Take a look below in her gallery of window flower boxes and balcony flower boxes for proof of this. In fact with less available space for gardening, you can put all your effort into creating a truly magnificent garden.
While there are many types of flowers that work well in flower boxes, some of the more popular types of flowers include chrysanthemums, marigolds, azaleas, geraniums, inpatients, petunias, primroses, morning glory, chamomile, peonies, lavender, and foxgloves.
Just take a look at our info graphic setting out these 12 flowers close-up below. I think you’ll agree that any of these flowers and/or a combination of them would make spectacular flower boxes.
While flower boxes are very popular in Europe where most people have much less gardening space than people in North America, flower boxes on windows, patios, decks and in other locations inside and outside are becoming more popular. In fact flower boxes is a form of container gardening, which is very popular in North America.
While there are an unlimited combinations of flowers and arrangements that you can use to create flower boxes, one of my favourite techniques is to use to her three colours only, one of them being white to create a study contrasts in the flower box.
12 Terrific Flowers for Flower Boxes
If you’re looking to create your own flower boxes, here’s a terrific infographic setting out 12 of the best flowers for flower boxes.
Photo Gallery of Flower Boxes
Window flower box overflowing with red and pink flowers. Notice in addition to the flower box, this arrangement includes small flower pots.
Charcoal grey wooden flower box with violet yellow and purple flowers. Notice how the flower box matches the shutters, which I think is a terrific design technique. That said the charcoal wooden flower box would look great set against white shutters as well.
Beautiful flower box overflowing with red and pink flowers as well as a lot of bushy, leafy plants.
Example of a symmetric flower box with a repeating pattern of light purple, fuchsia and green flowers and plants. I love this repeating pattern effect.
Example of a window sill flower box with one type of flower throughout.
Multi-coloured flowers spilling over the flower box under a window. I really like the full and mature flower boxes where the flowers spill out over the flower boxes and hang down.
Balcony flower boxes and a profusion of pink and red along the entire width of the balcony including railing and the balcony base.
Window flower box with plants and flowers hanging out appearing as if pouring out of the window.
Here is a flower box that is attached to a shingled overhanging roof.
Stunning balcony filled with flower boxes and flowerpots creating a miniature garden in full bloom on a small white balcony.
Balcony over flowing with flower boxes and flowerpots as well as vines climbing up the walls of the building creating a flowery jungle like setting.
Rustic farm fence and outbuilding surrounded with rustic wooden flower boxes filled with a variety of flowers and flower colours including yellow, purple, white and red.
Shuttered window with flower box containing purple and red flowers.
Example of a flower box created with a series of flowers in pots placed underneath a window.
Example of a plastic flower box placed on the ledge outside of a window overflowing with orange flowers.
Spectacular series of flower boxes on the railing of a balcony overflowing with bright red, pink and white flowers.
Flower box under a window with the repeating pattern of purple and white flowers. Again I really like the repeating flower box technique.
Window flower box where the flowers are full and in bloom and pouring out of the front of the box creating a spilling effect.
Small window flower box with a variety of flowers creating a miniature garden effect.
Balcony surrounded by vegetation with bright red flower boxes juxtaposed against the greenery.
Look closely and he’ll see this is a really neat example of cascading flower boxes which is one on top of the other in a tiered format creating a tiered flower box arrangement.
Multi coloured flower box with a variety of flowers under the window.
White flower boxes placed on the ground against the wall filled with fuchsia flowers. This is a neat example of how you can create a beautiful garden with a series of handsome flower boxes against a wall or a fence.
Wood flower box underneath a window on a brick ledge filled with purple and yellow flowers.
Magnificent balcony filled with many flower boxes containing pink white and fuchsia coloured flowers. I think the use of a Lot of green leafy plants is very effective to balance the bright flowers on the balcony.
Very cool tri-coloured flower box with yellow white and red flowers spilling out the front of the box.
Example of a balcony with flower boxes placed at the base and so the effect is a ram of flowers around the edge of the upper portion of the building.
Example of a flower box painted the same colour as the wall of the home placed under a white framed window filled with light pink and purple flowers.
Swiss chalet styled building with long large flower box spanning the full width of the building containing white fuchsia and purple flowers arranged in a repeating pattern. Spectacular!
Flower box made to look like a small cart created out of a wood log filled with flowering plants.
Flower box made to look like a picket fence overflowing with a variety of flowers and colours. I love this flower box design made to look like a picket fence. Very cool.
A row of balconies and you’re up all overflowing with bougainvillea flowers. Very striking with the white balcony against the bright yellow building. This just goes to show you how much flowers and plants can enhance the appearance of a balcony from the balcony itself as well as from the street.
Flower box placed on the railing of a small balcony of a rustic home filled with pink and fuchsia flowers.
Flower box placed against a Swedish home painted in traditional red with white window frame containing purple flowers.
Custom wood flower box created with the same wood of the exterior home placed under a window filled with yellow flowers.
Another stunning balcony overflowing with flowers grown from a series of flower boxes and flowerpots.
A gorgeous arrangement of pink and white flowers in a nicely crafted wood flower box.
The front façade of a old home in Europe with red door flanked by white framed windows with gorgeous flower boxes underneath. The front of the home is further enhanced with a series of hanging flower baskets and the flanking wooden flowerpots on each side of the door at the entrance.