One of the first things that family members and friends see as they arrive for that special holiday get together is the outside of the home. While most people decorate with outdoor Christmas lights and other items they sometimes forget about the Christmas time plants that can be used to create a perfect look.
Window boxes, sometimes referred to as planters can be purchased from most discount retailers or local hardware stores. There are also several online stores that sell them or will custom make these planters to fit a specific window or area of need. Since home windows come in various shapes and sizes, it is important to pick out the correct planter. Otherwise the fit may not look good, therefore taking away from the other Christmas decorations.
The window should be measured for the exact width before a planter box is ordered or purchased. It is also important to ensure that the hardware of the planter will work with the specific window that it is intended for. After picking out the style of the box and making sure that it will work with a window it is then time to decide on the specifics of the color, design and any theme that it may have. Many of the planter boxes come in a neutral color, without decorations or a theme. This may be the most cost effective route if the homeowner plans to use the planter box throughout the year and not only at Christmas time.
The type of plants that can be placed in the planter box varies from the geographical location and also personal preference. Of course because it is Christmas time many people like to stay with reds and greens for that Christmas spirit. Greenery that is hearty with cold weather is always a good choice and the colorful plants such as Christmas berries can be added to give that festive color. Some people like to use other items such as pine Cones and decorations to dress up plants and the box itself. Because these boxes are made of wood they can be painted, stenciled or customized to be an appropriate theme and suit the likes of the homeowner.
Artificial plants can also be used in the planter box if the weather does not permit for live plants. If choosing artificial greenery or other plant types it is important to purchase floral foam, wire and tape to ensure that the plant stays in the appropriate position!
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