40+ Gorgeous Window Box Ideas (Flower Power Photo Post!)

Planting in a window box is a beloved practice by urban residents who want to flex their green thumb. But it isn’t only urban dwellers who want to utilize these creations' space-saving beauty. A window box can add flair and character to the exterior of any house, townhouse, apartment, or loft.

Do you want to try your hand at crafting a window box of your very own? You’re certainly not alone, but you might need some inspiration to get you started. And that is what I hope to bring to you today.

To help you get on the path toward creating a beautiful window box of your very own, I’ve compiled 45 breathtaking examples for you to view. They have combined colors, textures, and attention-grabbing details to produce incredible designs.

It might sound like a very challenging undertaking, but I assure you that there are no wrong combinations of these elements. It’s all a matter of personal taste, really. Perhaps these examples will jog your creativity and bolster your confidence as you make your window box.

Oh, and if you're here because you love geraniums, make sure to check out our post about growing geraniums in hanging baskets as well.

Beautiful Window Boxes to Be Inspired By

A vibrant array of pink and purple flowers in full bloom, nestled in lush green foliage, adorning a classic white window box against an old window with reflective glass panes, under the soft glow of sunlight ar 3:4

The contents of a window box don’t have to be confined to a tiny space, as this example shows. The flourishing purple and pink flowers expand far above and beyond the box itself. Couldn’t you imagine this window box affixed to a cozy countryside cottage?

Elegant white calla lilies with large, curved blooms and broad green leaves are arranged in a rustic planter, complemented by smaller white and purple flowers, against a backdrop of a green window shutter and ivy climbing the wall, capturing a tranquil corner at dusk ar 3:4

This window box pairs its beauty of potted plants in their home’s entryway. This approach adds a whimsical touch to any space.

A lush window box filled with vibrant white petunias and interspersed pink zinnias beneath a clear window flanked by dark green shutters, set against a brick wall, bathed in bright daylight ar 3:4

Against the dark color of the box, these white blossoms really pop out to capture your eye. This is one beautiful way to landscape your home’s exterior vertically.

A rustic, galvanized metal planter with delicate floral patterns sits on a windowsill, filled with a lush arrangement of greenery including spiky grass, trailing spider plants, and blooming purple flowers, offering a quaint charm against the backdrop of the window's reflection ar 3:4

The centerpiece in this window box adds a rustic touch without drawing attention away from the purple and white-accented foliage that surrounds it.

A black window box affixed to a red brick wall beneath a window bursts with a rainbow-like array of flowers in shades of purple, yellow, and red, creating a cheerful and colorful accent in the sunlight ar 3:4

The rainbow of colors within this window box is beautiful enough on its own. But when contrasting against the dark color of the window box, the aesthetic here gets taken to the next level.

An ornate black window box brims with a vibrant display of foliage; dark, richly-hued leaves at the top transition to a cascade of brightly colored flowers, with striking pink-veined petals, set against a residential window and shingled siding ar 3:4

The gradient effect of these blossoms – dark petals on top giving way to colorful flowers at the bottom – is a unique and incredibly eye-catching way of laying out a window box. The design of the window box itself goes to show that you don’t have to stick with a simple, rectangular design if you don’t want to.

Hanging from ornate, black scrolled brackets against a white wooden siding, two coconut-fiber-lined baskets overflow with rich green foliage and vibrant red anthurium flowers, enhancing the cozy porch atmosphere ar 3:4

The contrast of the red against the greens of this window box idea draws the eye while the unique stylization keeps your attention.

A wooden flower box on a windowsill is filled with a tranquil palette of blooms, featuring delicate pink and lavender petunias interspersed with sprigs of small purple and white flowers, offering a serene view against the windowpane ar 3:4

There is something to be said for the beauty that can be found in simplicity. This long window box packs a ton of beauty into a small space, letting the appearance of these flowers speak for itself.

Beneath a window with red frames, a wooden flower box painted in teal showcases a vivid array of blossoms in bright primary colors, featuring radiant blue petunias, deep red poppies, and clusters of petite white and pink flowers ar 3:4

Variety is the spice of life, and this flower box showcases that fact beautifully. Bright, primary colors are broken up by white accent blossoms to really make them stand out – even from a distance.

A black window box mounted on a white siding house displays a striking contrast with its vibrant purple and yellow pansies, complemented by trailing greenery, adding a splash of color beneath a series of windows with dark shutters ar 3:4

Window boxes aren’t solely for flowering plants! This planting box showcases the versatility that can be achieved when you have a green thumb and a keen eye for detail. Purple and yellow throughout the design are broken up by brown foliage that adds not only height to the window box but also a particularly eye-catching feature.

Vibrant purple petunias with lush green foliage flourish in a white decorative window box, adding a splash of regal color beneath the clear panes of a window ar 3:4

Some of the window boxes I showed you above use dark-colored containers to provide contrast against bright blossoms. This window box goes the other way, using white to enhance the vibrancy of the purple and green that grows from within.

A sleek black window box against a white wall is densely filled with a vibrant selection of flowers, including white and yellow petunias and deep purple blooms, with trailing green vines gently spilling over the edge, framed by a window with grid-like panes ar 3:4

It doesn’t take much to create a stunning visual effect. This window box staggered white, yellow and purple blossoms throughout and uses hanging greenery to draw attention to the window box itself. The result is an incredibly appealing window box that stands out from the white of the home’s exterior, even from the street.

Set in a quaint stone wall, a window with dark green shutters and a reflective pane is adorned by a window box teeming with bright orange and purple flowers nestled among verdant green leaves, complemented by the natural textures around it ar 3:4

This flourishing window box is busy, but not in a bad way. The assortment of colors within the box completely covers the box itself to create a downright whimsical appearance. This effect is only enhanced by the shrub beneath the window and the potted plants that stand beside it.

A window box filled with an array of plants displaying a rich tapestry of textures: variegated leaves with pink and cream streaks, deep burgundy foliage, and trailing ivy with heart-shaped leaves, all beneath a bright windowpane ar 3:4

It isn’t just color that matters when you’re creating a stunning window box. Texture can really make a difference, as this example so excellently displays.

Framed by rustic red bricks and an arched lintel, a window with a red sill overflows with geraniums in vibrant shades of red and pink, their abundant blooms and foliage creating a picturesque contrast against the pane ar 3:4

Of course, the focus is on the flowers inside of the window box, but look at the creative design behind its construction! These beautiful blossoms are nested within a creative and unexpected home, effectively doubling down on the beauty that is a well-cultivated window box.

A modern white window box on a beige sill, bursting with bright red geraniums, creates a striking visual against the dark window frames and reflective glass, with a shadowed backdrop hinting at a sunny day ar 3:4

You don’t need a complicated or one-of-a-kind window box or layout for your window box to make a big impact on the aesthetic of your home. This plain-looking box is packed to the brim with only bright red geraniums but look at how beautiful it makes this grey and white space!

A wicker basket hangs from a decorative wrought iron bracket against a terracotta-colored wall, spilling over with an array of greenery featuring rounded leaves and delicate cascading white blooms, adding a touch of natural elegance to the setting ar 3:4

Look at this beautiful assortment of varying green hues! Vibrancy doesn’t have to be a rainbow of colors, as this window box goes to show. Small, white flowers instead accent the green, rather than green accenting the flowers.

A weathered stone ledge supports a long, dark metal planter filled with a vibrant mix of flowers, with hot pink petunias and bold red geraniums creating a striking splash of color against the muted tones of the building's windows and masonry ar 3:4

A simple box packed from edge to edge with beautifully contrasting flora spruces up any windowsill, balcony, or railing. This window box owner has staggered their flowers into an eye-catching pattern that draws your eyes immediately to the warm shades of these petals.

An elegant window box against a dark facade is densely packed with verdant greenery, including broad-leafed plants, delicate ferns, and a standout white lily, with vines gracefully trailing downwards, creating a lush and serene urban garden display ar 3:4

The right combination of green and contrasting colors – like the white blossoms used in this little window box – creates a lush visual aesthetic. The center of this window box especially adds a little something special.

Nestled against a brick wall, a natural fiber window box overflows with white variegated foliage, flanked by a vibrant show of peach, purple, and white blossoms, with delicate green tendrils cascading gently over the edge ar 3:4

White foliage flanked by colorful blossoms creates a beautiful effect and the hanging greenery shows just how much the details really make a difference.

A black window box affixed to a brick wall holds large, striking pink leaves that stand out against an assortment of smaller pink blossoms and variegated foliage, complementing the dark window frames above ar 3:4

Large plants surrounded by smaller blossoms make for an incredible aesthetic, especially when the colors complement each other as they do in this window box. Shades of violet and lilac peppered with bright accents of yellow are a unique combination that is sure to draw the eyes of all who drive or walk by.

A lavish window box mounted on a cream-colored building overflows with lush green foliage and a profusion of bright red flowers, providing a vivid natural contrast to the geometric black window frames and the structured facade ar 3:4

Who says that window boxes have to be confined to windows? These balconies are decked out in ivy and geranium, which makes for an incredibly classy and appealing visual effect.

A rustic window setting with a weathered wooden frame and a window box full of vibrant red geraniums, complemented by white blossoms in a pot atop the adjacent door's threshold, all set against a textured, plastered wall ar 3:4

Not everybody has all the time and space in the world to create a lush and lavish window garden. But that’s okay! Look at this window box as it harness the beauty of bright red geraniums to enhance the appearance of an entryway. Even if it’s something simple, nothing beats having something beautiful to smile about when you leave home and when you return.

A quaint wooden window box on a stone wall is brimming with lush white petunias, their delicate blooms basking in the light, offering a serene contrast to the rustic textures of the stonework and the simplicity of the wooden window behind ar 3:4

Stone practically invites the infusion of beautiful flowers into the scene. It creates a whimsical effect that turns the seemingly drab and gray into a space that calls for a photograph. Even a simple box like this one, accented with vivid white, provides a stunning pop of something unique and unexpected.

This city scene captures the vibrancy of street life with a foreground of brilliant red flowers in a planter, a view down a busy street lined with shops and flags, and the elegant spire of a church tower rising gracefully against a backdrop of trees and blue sky ar 3:4

It’s not easy to turn your space into a beautiful, floral haven when you live in the heart of a city. But with the help of a window box, you can add a touch of whimsy to any urban apartment’s exterior. Bright red flowers, like the ones in this example, are dynamic and impossible to miss when someone passes by.

A lush green window box set against a red brick wall contains vibrant green foliage and deep purple flowers, with trailing vines and variegated leaves enhancing the window's green trim and complementing the surrounding ivy ar 3:4

Hanging green plant life makes a powerful impression for any window box. The vibrancy of the green foliage even stands out from the green color of the box!

A white window box adorned with vibrant pink flowers and green foliage is flanked by two American flags, presenting a scene of patriotic pride against the backdrop of a window with white shutters on a sunny day ar 3:4

Window boxes are a great place to make a statement or have a bit of creative fun. This one's got American flags, but the possibilities are limitless. Put in any decorations you want to add a bit more personality to your window garden!

Elegant tulips in shades of pink stand tall in window boxes against a chic, dark-paneled building, complemented by delicate white blossoms and framed by a striking cherry blossom branch in full bloom above, evoking a classic, refined streetscape ar 3:4

You can also put boxes across three windows that face the same direction. This creates a theme where the outer aesthetic of the home is concerned. If you can use window boxes to spice up more than one window, you definitely should consider it!

A sunlit balcony planter filled with vibrant green and red plants overflows onto ornate wrought-iron railing, contrasting with the soft greenery of distant trees and the warm tones of a nearby column ar 3:4

Fences play great hosts to “window” boxes, too! You can use window planting methods to make any fence, gate or rail a bit more appealing to the eye.

Bursts of colorful flowers in shades of pink, yellow, and red fill two ornate window boxes beneath shuttered windows on a vibrant terracotta-colored wall, creating a picturesque and inviting Mediterranean-style facade ar 3:4

Shutters and window boxes combined make for an incredibly charming image. The colorful exterior of the house makes for excellent contrast between the flowers and space around them.

A window box on a pale siding showcases a striking contrast with its lush green leaves and chartreuse accents set against the deep purple, almost black, petals of vibrant flowers, offering a rich play of color and texture ar 3:4

A lot of the talk surrounding window boxes is in reference to bright colors. But, as this window box shows, you don’t need bright reds and yellows to make a visual impact. Green leaves against darkly colored petals make for an excellent example of contrast, as well.

A vibrant array of blue and yellow flowers adorns a weathered white windowsill, with hints of red and green foliage, against a peeling paint backdrop that adds a rustic charm ar 3:4

Having a consistent color throughout the window box is a great strategy. Still, it’s wise to break up the color with added accents, like this one has done, with an added emphasis on greenery in strategic placements.

A window with mint green shutters is framed by black louvred shutters, above which a lush window box filled with green plants and delicate white flowers is mounted, extending upwards into the view ar 3:4

Building a window box upwards is a great way to capture attention and create a dynamic appearance on the exterior of your home. In this example, you'll notice how the green plants are arranged upwards rather than outwards. And the results speak for themselves!

A charming entrance features a black door flanked by windows with black shutters, and an inviting path leads past vibrant flower boxes brimming with purple, pink, and yellow blooms, which add a splash of color to the serene setting ar 3:4

You can use window planting strategies to nurture a contained garden, such as this one. You can create the same charming look nearly anywhere in your yard!

A window adorned with an intricate wrought-iron grill is partially obscured by a lush window box filled with verdant greenery and striking pink flowers, set against a wall with a distressed finish, creating a picturesque blend of nature and architecture ar 3:4

Using additional decorations, like a hanging ornament such as this one, packs an added decorative punch to any window box.

Layered wooden planters affixed to a rustic window grille overflow with vibrant orange marigolds, delicate white daisies, and rich red blooms, enhancing the textured charm of the old stone building ar 3:4

Window boxes don’t have to consist of only one box! This example uses different layers to create a truly unique look. This is a great way to showcase many different types of flowers in one space.

A terracotta window box filled with a vibrant mix of red geraniums and white petunias, accented by green ferns, sits below a window with open salmon-colored shutters, against a sunlit, weathered wall and beside lush greenery ar 3:4

The color found in many of the flowers here closely resembles the color of the home’s exterior. While I know I have gushed about the beauty of color contrast, this approach is equally appealing. The green and white coloring in the window boxes really breaks up the theme of red on red, and to great effect.

A classic window with white trim and ornate iron grill is elegantly framed by dark shutters, while a bountiful window box below bursts with lush blue and white hydrangeas interspersed with trailing green vines ar 3:4

Bright colors standing prominently against white blossoms really makes an impact. These blue petals really pop because of the white that surrounds them.

A window box filled with vivid red geraniums and delicate silvery foliage is nestled under a window with white panes, presenting a striking contrast of colors and textures ar 3:4

A pattern of alternating colors can be especially eye-grabbing. In this example, the colors alternated are white, red and green. These colors provide a great contrast to each other while putting them into a pattern creates a look that can’t help but draw the eye.

A weathered wooden window box on a rustic white wall overflows with a lush assortment of petunias in shades of purple and white, complemented by the soft blur of pink roses in the foreground ar 3:4

You can decorate nearly any structure with a window box! A shed, shelter or other external building aside from your home can be spruced up with the addition of a window box.

A serene pathway lined with terracotta pots brimming with vibrant purple flowers and lush white blooms sits beside an ivy-draped, sun-dappled wall of a quaint building with tall, multi-paned windows ar 3:4

You can also combine different window boxes to create a cohesive look that spans across far more than your windowsill. As I showed you above, you can use window planting practices on grounded planters. If you’ve got the space and the windows available on the same side, you can achieve this beautiful look, too.

A classic black window box on a beige wall showcases an arrangement of deep pink hydrangeas and variegated ivy, with striking burgundy and green foliage, against the backdrop of a multi-paned window reflecting trees ar 3:4

If you implement a high-growing plant of a distinct and contrasting color, you can get the impressive results that you see in this example. These red leaves stand out prominently over the surrounding foliage, creating a great visual effect.

A symmetrical display features vibrant green ferns spilling over the edges of a black window box, flanked by conical evergreens, with a burst of blue flowers in the center, set against a window with a grid of panes reflecting lush foliage ar 3:4

Putting an emphasis on symmetry can really create a distinct look for all who view your window box. Using a centerpiece as focus can really make it easy (as well as beautiful) to create a perfect, symmetric look like this one.

Foregrounded by a layer of deep purple flowers, this composition creates a secondary vivid layer with bright red blooms in a terracotta pot, set against a window that reflects an urban scene and is flanked by hanging green ivy ar 3:4

Are you trying to add a real element of beauty to your balcony? This is a great way to do it! Creating two layers of flowers, one on top and one on the bottom, can make even an urban apartment stand out amid the cityscape.

Lush greenery dominates this window box, with delicate ferns and leafy plants, punctuated by hints of white flowers, all set against the dark backdrop of a window with divided panes ar 3:4

Going green and then adding a small emphasis of color can really create a lush appearance for your windowsill or nearly anywhere else. Green plants invoke a sense of healthiness and natural beauty, but to avoid creating a solid sheet of green, it is a good idea to break it up with a vibrant color that stands out.

There is No “Right” Way to Craft a Window Box

Window boxes are as unique and varied as their creators are, which you can undoubtedly see from the many examples I have given you for inspiration. There are countless combinations of colors, shapes, textures, and accents that you can use to create a beautiful window box of your very own.

I hope that this list has helped you to drum up ideas for your own window box. Once you figure out what you like the most, you might come up with a design that you’d have never thought yourself capable of creating.

You might want to check out these:

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How to Choose the Right Window Box for Your Apartment

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40+ Gorgeous Window Box Ideas (Flower Power Photo Post!)

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