Dress up your windows with these indoor-outdoor ideas
October 26, 2016
| Updated August 6, 2019
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Windowsill decor doesn’t need to be permanent to be beautiful. Source colorful glassware or mason jars and repurpose them as vases for garden cuttings. This easy interior update brings the beauty of the garden indoors with little need for upkeep. Mix and match colorful blooms or keep it uniform as shown here.
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Mini water garden
Made by Back to the Roots, this pint-size aquaponics kit ($60) functions as a self-cleaning fish tank that grows wheat grass, basil, lettuce, and more. Ideal for windowsills with partial or indirect sunlight, this indoor garden is a win-win for both parents and the kids.
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Love the idea of a windowsill garden, but worry your plants will wither? Back to the Roots has made a low-maintanence mason jar garden with a built-in olla. This addition minimizes daily watering as the roots latch onto the ceramic and take as much water as needed. Your only job? Make sure the olla is filled and watch your cherry tomatoes grow!
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When it comes to windowsill gardens, it’s hard to go wrong with succulents. These shallow-rooted, low-water winners look gorgeous with their unique colors and varying textures. More importantly, they’re pretty hard to kill. Follow Heather Reid-Johnson’s lead by planting Haworthia attenuata, sedum, gymnocalycium, Echeveria haagai, and tolimanesis for an equally charming container.
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Depending on which room you’re working with, you may not have an accessible windowsill. Rick Ryniak Architects got creative and created a clear view into a blooming backyard garden bed. This indoor-outdoor ambiance offers relaxation, but keeps the plant maintenance outdoors.
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This window-front garden ups the ante with a wooden shelf spanning from pillar to pillar. Decorated with a range of cacti in multi-colored pots, it requires little watering and adds something extra to the expansive, rustic kitchen.
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Macramé plant hangers
Those wanting a window garden without the sill can try these trendy, bohemian plant hangers. Designed by Oregon-based Emily Katz of Modern Macramé, this colorful, whimsical accessory makes any plain Jane window into a stylish showstopper. Interested in a more DIY approach? Check out one of Emily’s workshops to make your own.
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Now that you’ve stacked inspiration for the interior, it’s time to spice up the outside of your window. This brightly colored planter hangs in direct sunlight and delights homeowners with ‘Mystic Wonder’ dahlias and Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' trailing below. Follow suit or add in your favorite poppies for a charming, easy-to-grow design.