When the heat of the day doesn't exceed sixty degrees, the leaves have changed to flaming hues of orange, yellow and red, and the sky is its truest blue, the window boxes are ready for a makeover. The key to success in window boxes is repetition of ideas rather than exact replication in each box. Also, longevity and cost play an important role in determining what goes in and what can be saved from the previous season.

Autumn Window Box

The middle of May is when I plant my summer boxes that may need a touch up here and there, but for the most part stay in tact through the end of September. The trailing greens that tumble over the boxes and whimsically hang down are important anchors to three seasons of window boxes. Ivy (variegated above), grapevine, and sweet potato vine are lovely long lasting options. For cost control, I use a colorful spectrum of vegetables with varying textures along with hardy cabbages and kale varieties that last through mid December when the holiday boxes take over. 

Autumn Window Box

The pop of blue thistle adds a needed element of color contrast and floral size. The miniature rosemary plants serve as small trees in the background of lush flat leaves that dominate the fall landscape. 

When the skies are no longer October blue, the ground is bare and the trees naked, the window boxes provide a much needed distraction. It will be a long six months before spring arrives and bursts through the earth with its magnificent palette.