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9 Creative Window Box Ideas for Your Home

9 Creative Window Box Ideas for Your Home

Window boxes create the perfect transition from your garden to your house. Make the most of this “bonus” garden space with these creative window box ideas to dress up your window boxes year-round.
Mandarin Plant, Orange Spider Plant ‘Fire Flash’ Indoors (Chlorophytum amaniense)

Mandarin Plant, Orange Spider Plant ‘Fire Flash’ Indoors (Chlorophytum amaniense)

‘Fire Flash’ is a colorful variation on the on the more common Chlorophytum species and just as easy to care for. Plants produce broad green leaves with vibrant orange-red stems that combine to create a lovely rosette of color. ‘Fire Flash’ adapts easily to indoor conditions and add a lush, relaxed feel as well as color to a room. This plant has thick roots that store some water so it’s a good plant for novices who might be forgetful about watering. May randomly produce panicles of small white flowers that last about a week.
Polka-Dot Plant, Freckle Face Indoors (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

Polka-Dot Plant, Freckle Face Indoors (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

FeaturesKnown to many gardeners as a houseplant or annual, this spotted leaf native of Madagascar is considered a subshrub in the warmest zones. Pinching out the growing tips will help keep the plant compact and bushy. Reduce watering in winter if grown as a houseplant.UsesCan be grown outdoors in a container or in the garden through the summer, as well as indoors year-round. Makes an attractive and unusual centerpiece for a dining or buffet table.
Prayer Plant, Rose-Painted Calathea (Calathea roseopicta)

Prayer Plant, Rose-Painted Calathea (Calathea roseopicta)

Calatheas come in a remarkable assortment of color blends ranging from green tones to burgundy and silver shades. The plant gets its common name "Prayer Plant" because the leaves on most selections fold closed at night similar to a pair of praying hands. A wonderful foliage plant that offers color and brightness for any room! Perfect for all kinds of containers. Very decorative on a small table or in a hanging basket. May be displayed outdoors in warmer weather.
How to Repot a Plant

How to Repot a Plant

Knowing when and how to repot a plant is essential for its long-term health. Follow our tips to learn how to repot a plant to keep it healthy, with plenty of room to grow.
How to Sterilize & Clean Plant Pots

How to Sterilize & Clean Plant Pots

Cleaning and sterilizing plant pots is an easy process that can go far in protecting your plants and extending the life of you pots. Whether your pots are clay, terracotta, plastic, wood, or metal, you can learn effective ways to clean and disinfect each.
Garden in Grow Bags

Garden in Grow Bags

Growing plants in grow bags is a popular alternative to growing plants in the ground. Learn how to use grow bags and why they might be a good gardening option for you.
Tips for Growing Watermelon in Containers

Tips for Growing Watermelon in Containers

Growing watermelon in containers is possible even if you only have a small space with which to work. Grab our top tips!
A Soil Calculator for Raised Beds and Containers

A Soil Calculator for Raised Beds and Containers

Before you make the trip to the garden center to buy potting or raised bed soil, you can easily determine how much you'll need using a simple soil calculator formula.
Tips for Bringing Potted Plants Inside

Tips for Bringing Potted Plants Inside

When the temperature starts to cool in fall, you can move tropical plants that were decorating your porch, patio, balcony or veranda indoors. Learn some of the best practices to move your houseplants inside for the winter.
How to Grow Hibiscus in a Pot

How to Grow Hibiscus in a Pot

The exotic flowers of the hibiscus plant make it a landscape favorite, but these beauties also do well as potted plants. Inside or outside, potted hibiscus are a great choice for a sunny space indoors or out on a deck, balcony or patio.
4 Plants with Colorful Leaves for Pots

4 Plants with Colorful Leaves for Pots

Create a vibrant scene to decorate your doorway or porch! Combine bold-colored leaves from tropical plants in containers.
frost map with dates

Frost Map with Dates

USDA zone finder with zip code search and maps

USDA Zone Finder

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