How to Put Together a Window Box That Faces North

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How to Put Together a Window Box That Faces North
Window boxes add colour to otherwise dull spaces. (window box image by Samuel Birkan from

Window boxes are an excellent way for those who live in apartments to enjoy a little of nature's bounty. Avid gardeners may also be inclined to place plants and flowers in every possible space so that beautiful splashes of colour can be seen in every direction. If the direction happens to be north, this need not be a problem if you choose suitable plants.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Window box
  • Broken pots
  • Gravel
  • Moss
  • Soil
  • Plants

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  1. 1

    Prepare your window by placing a layer of broken pots or large flat stones in the bottom, followed by 1 inch of gravel, then some moss and finally your soil. The width of your window box should not be less than 6 inches and it should about 8 inches deep.

  2. 2

    Add plants to your window box. John McLaren's book "Gardening in California: Landscape and Flower" suggests that fuschia, nasturtium, mesembryanthemum, pelargonium and scarlet geranium will flourish in a north or east-facing window box. Alternately, plant salad herbs like arugula, chervil, parsley, mustard, sorrel and mizuna, which grow well in partial shade.

  3. 3

    Water every couple of days to begin with. A north-facing window box shouldn't dry out as quickly as a south facing one, but feel the soil frequently. It should be damp without feeling wet.

  4. 4

    Trim herbs regularly. Some can be prolific and will take over the box if not kept under control. If you end up with more than you can use, consider drying them out for use in the winter.

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