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4 easy steps to amazing window boxes

I'm dying for a trip to Charleston.....buuuuuut with the heat and humidity being as bad as it is, my very pregnant self is just going to have to wait for much cooler temps for a visit to the Holy City.  If you guys have been reading here for a while, you know I fell head over heels in love with Charleston the first time we ever set foot on its cobble stone streets years ago.  And even though we've been back more times than I can count, I still bring along my camera every time we go to snap pictures of my favorite houses, gardens and, of course, the window boxes. Oh, those beautiful window boxes...there isn't a house in sight that doesn't boast them, and every one is always spilling over with petunias, sweet potato vine, asparagus fern, ivy, lantana, verbena you name it.  I love walking by some of my favorite homes and seeing how they've changed up the blooms and plants for the season and I always go home with a ton of new ideas for flower and color combinations!  In fact, the very first thing I did before I even unpacked my bags the first time I ever visited Charleston was head out to Home Depot to buy two window boxes for the front of our last house! 

I posted my go-to tips for amazing pots earlier this spring (you can read about it here) and even though you've all seen my pictures of many gorgeous window boxes from past trips to Charleston, I thought I would share some of them again to accompany a few more tips that helped keep my window boxes in top form, too! 

Pick a complimentary color scheme.

I like to look for plants and flowers that compliment the color of my house, surrounding gardens and landscaping for the best impact. My house is gray with white trim, with a black front door and shutters and lots of pink blooms all over the rest of my landscaping, so I always look for blooms in different shades of pink as well as foliage in bright and lime green for the most drama and a cohesive look.

Mix it up. 

 I always follow the rule of three whenever I plant a pot or flower box: one taller, bushy plant or bloom for height (think liriope, geraniums or ferns), one trailing (lantana, ivy, sweet potato vine) and one medium-sized one to fill in the spaces between the two (like petunias, purple queen, impatiens).  Mixing in flowers and foliage add texture and interest, too!

Good drainage is key. 

My favorite window boxes are the wrought iron ones with a natural coco lining because they're available at every hardware store, they're much more budget-friendly (and prettier!) that some of the fake, composite versions and, the best part, is that you don't have to worry about drilling holes for drainage! (If there is no place for water to escape, the roots will rot and your plants will die).

Use a quality, organic potting mix + fertilizer. 

Good soil makes all the difference between big, beautiful blooms and sad, stringy plants.  Whenever I plant pots or window boxes, I like to mix in Jolly Gardener Soil Conditioner with Fertilome Azalea, Rhododenron and Camellia food and a handful of pelletized lime for extra oomph.  This trio has never failed me yet!






how to make your hydrangeas last for weeks

Like every other decor-obsessed blogger, I've got a major softspot for fresh cut hydrangeas.  Those big, billowy blooms get me every time I walk into the grocery store but I've had such a hard time getting them to last longer than two or three days lately that I stopped buying them altogether the last couple of months.  I reached out on Instagram a while ago to see if there were any surefire tricks I was missing and when one reader shared her tried and true secret and how it extends her hydrangea bouquets by sometimes THREE WEEKS (!?) I just had to try it!  It worked SO well that I had to share it with you guys, too!  It's so simple you just won't believe it!

These blue and white hydrangeas from my baby shower were looking a little sad, so I decided to give it a try over the weekend and see if I couldn't bring them back to life again:

All you need is a large bucket; fill it with cold water and a bunch of ice:

Next, submerge your blooms, heads first, completely under water, keep them in a cool place (I left mine in the sink in my laundry room) and forget about them.  That's it!  I usually do this at the end of the day and let them sit in the ice water overnight:

Look how much they've plumped up by the next morning!

I hope you're all off to a great start this week!






flowers for mom

Mother's Day is less than a week away!  In case you missed my gift guide last week, there's still time to order something special for your momma, but if you're short on time or ideas, flowers are always a great option - especially when they're presented in a gorgeous vessel!  As much as I love fresh flowers, I have a bit of an obsession with beautiful vases, as well.  I saw the image above (via A Fabulous Fete) a few weeks ago and loved the simplicity of the flowers, naturally, but also how they pack an even bigger punch in the oversize glass vase (on sale at Pier 1 right now!)  I rounded up a few other favorite flower vases below; add some beautiful blooms for a lovely, thoughtful Mother's Day gift!

These honeycomb white glass vases are just the most beautiful I've seen; they are a personal favorite of mine!

Swirl taper vases are a beautiful, modern take on traditional blue and white!

Burlap covered vases like these are actually an easy DIY and look beautiful as candle holders, too!

These white ceramic faux bamboo vases were included in last week's gift guide, but they're so stunning I had to include them here, as well!

These matte black glass vases are modern and so chic!

I LOVE these rope handled bubble glass vases from Pier 1.  They make as much of a statement filled with flowers as they do on their own!

A silver plated mint julep cup is a classic way to display a small group of blooms.

Jill Rosenwald has the loveliest collection of striped vases in a bevy of beautiful colors and rimmed in gold.  Loving this capri striped vase and this orchid vase.

These ridge vases are a great pick for the momma who loves a more modern touch!

Happy Monday!


wonderful world of window boxes

Spring is in the air-well, kinda-and with the warmer temperatures, I have landscaping on the brain.  Next month, before the humidity gets too high, I'm completely re-doing the landscaping in the front of our home.  While that's one way to increase your curb appeal, it's certainly not the easiest or the cheapest (in my defense, my need for instant gratification is one of my weak spots). 

One of the best and least expensive ways to boost your home's "wow factor" is with window boxes.  Lowe's, Home Depot or your local nursery carry tons of shapes and sizes, and if you can't find what you want in the store, head online for some great options, as well.  No idea what kind of flowers or plants to use?  Take some inspiration from these shots of gorgeous window boxes I snapped on my last trip to Charleston (sorry for the quality; took these before I got my mighty Nikon):