Quaint Flower Box Inspiration for a Cottage Style Home

Looking for some quaint flower box inspiration? Today I’m sharing exactly what I plant in my DIY flower boxes for a cottage vibe!

Looking for some quaint flower box inspiration? Today I’m sharing exactly what I plant in my DIY flower boxes for a cottage vibe!

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If you’ve been on the hunt for some quaint flower window box inspiration then I hope this blog post will help! I JUST planted my flowers, so they will look a little dinky in today’s post. But I promise to update you all over on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook when my window boxes are full and overflowing!

Quaint flower box inspiration!
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Be sure to watch the YouTube video linked above for a full tutorial on how I planted my flowers in my window box planters from start to finish!

We built our flower planter boxes about eight years ago now, and while I stick with the same color palette each year, the flowers I choose tend to vary. 

My favorite annuals for a cottage home!

There are, however, a few staples that I love to include every single year just because they are so whimsical and cottage-y, and I’m going to share all of those flowers with you today!

Quaint Flower Box Choices

Since my home siding and my porch stain are gray, I love how blues, purples and dark pinks look in my gardens and outdoor space, so those are the colors I tend to use in my landscape. Here is what I used this year:

Diamond Frost – tiny, whimsical white flowers that are heat tolerant and do not need to be deadheaded. They weave around flowers nearby like vines and are very self sufficient. They make great fillers and I love the texture they add to my boxes!

Whimsical flowers for english garden flower boxes!

Trailing Amethyst – perfect for containers or flower boxes, these small purple flowers trail beautifully and are also self cleaning!

The perfect flowers for cottage style window boxes!

Laguna Sky Blue – tiny periwinkle flowers that cascade, do not require deadheading, and bloom all season long.

Beautiful flowers for a cottage inspired flower box!

Easter Bonnet Violet Alyssum – dainty, dark purple flowers that spread in gorgeous clusters.

Stunning flowers for an english cottage flower box!

Petunias – this year we chose a light purple variety that blooms all season long. Petunias are heat tolerant and multiply all summer. Best of all, they attract hummingbirds!

My favorite flowers for quaint  flower box inspiration!

Tips for Quaint Flower Box Planting

In order to remove the flowers from their pot or containers, simple scrunch the bottom of the container until you loosen up the soil inside. Tip the flowers over and they should slide right out into your hand!

Tips for planting a quaint flower box!

Create a hole for your flowers but before placing them in the soil, and loosen up the roots a bit so that they are no longer compacted together. 

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When to plant flower boxes in zone 6!

Do not plant your flowers too close together. It might be tempting to cram everything in for a fuller foliage look, but believe me your flowers need room to grow and expand. 

Once you place the flowers into your box, fill in the area around it with soil and be sure to water thoroughly. 

How often to water window box flowers!
Tips and tricks for cottage style window boxes!
Gorgeous window box flowers for a cottage style home!

I once read a neat tip that I thought I would share with you guys. Water every day, but on Sunday’s give your flowers “holy water” – a.k.a Miracle Grow. Haha! I try to follow that rule through the end of May and most of June. Come July I simply stick to water.

How to plant an English cottage inspired flower box!

When to plant flowers in Zone Six

We live in Michigan, and honestly you NEVER know what type of weather you’ll get in the spring. This year, we had snow the first week in May. It was crazy! But if you are on the fence about when to plant them, I usually don’t plant until Memorial Day weekend. Usually at that point we are safe from any more frost or snow!

Cottage inspired window box inspiration!
Beautiful options for cottage style window boxes!
When and how to plant flower boxes!

Well I hope my post helped to provide some quaint flower box inspiration! I am really loving the combination of flowers I have for this year; they are truly a feast for the eyes. What do you guys usually plant in your boxes? Do you have any tips and tricks you’d like to share? Please let me know in the comments below! And hopefully soon I can share a full garden tour with you all!


Looking for some quaint flower box inspiration? Today I’m sharing exactly what I plant in my DIY flower boxes for a cottage vibe!


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  1. I love your beautiful home, that you have created for you beautiful family! You remind me a lot of myself when I was younger. I am constantly working on a project as well. I love watching you on you tube. You are beautiful inside and out and I find your voice to be very soothing. Keep doing what you are doing and take time to enjoy your amazing little family as well. 💟 one more thing I love your hutch with the scalloped edging I love scalloped edges as well. You have great style.

    1. Patricia you are so so kind!! Thank you so much for telling me that, your comment made my day 🙂 I love creating video and I’m so happy you are enjoying it!! 🙂

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  3. I have always loved flower boxes and seeing how beautifully they accent your home I decided to finally do it myself. I looked at flower boxes at local stores and they seem too deep and wide (front to back). Yours are so perfectly proportioned, I wonder if you know the dimensions. Also, did you line your boxes with anything? And lastly I just wanted to say I love watching your videos. Even though my house will never look like yours, I finish every video inspired to some improvement or other in my little home. And I am so happy and content. Not only do I leave inspired but soothed and calm as well. I think it’s your beautiful demeanor and voice. I am so thankful for your videos and for you to brighten my day.

    1. Kim, your comment made me tear up!! Thank you so so much!! It’s comments like yours that make me want to continue to create. 🙂 Yes, we lined ours with plastic and just poked holes in the bottom. They are 8 inches tall and 8 inches deep, and about 5 feet wide. I hope that helps!! 🙂

  4. I just wanted to share that on Sunday I watered my plants with “holy water”. I have big hopes for botanical blessings from the Miracle Gro.

    Thanks so much for that great tip!

    Hugs, Kim

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