Fall Transition Window Boxes

Quick Fix Fall Window Box

It’s a time of transition weather wise here in North Carolina. We haven’t had our first frost yet and some of the summer annuals and flowers are still blooming.


I gave my window boxes on the Potting Shed a touch of fall color with a quick fix and the addition of a pumpkin and some foliage.


I removed the coleus that had gotten leggy and trimmed back the hole-ridden leaves of the sweet potato vine. I also cut the last purple blooms from the Angelonia.


I placed the pumpkin where the coleus was and added some leaves for a celebration of fall color.


 I stuck the stems and leaves directly into the soil to join the remaining plants.


The soil works as a wet floral foam does in a flower arrangement and supports the stems while providing some moisture.

Before and After Quick Fix for a Fall Window Box

It’s been very wet here for over a week so the color and leaves will stay vibrant a little longer without drying out and last a little longer than they normally would.

Fall Window Box

 I can replace them and enjoy a little fall color until I’m ready to plant some evergreens and deck the halls with boughs of holly!


I cut some red dogwood branches . . .


And gold lespedeza.


Some crimson burning bush. . .


To join the asparagus fern that’s still thriving and the occasional lantana bloom.


Hope you’re enjoying a little fall color and sunshine. . .


Rumor has it we’ll see some sunshine for the first time in two weeks tomorrow :)

Quick Fix for a Fall Window Box

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  39 comments for “Fall Transition Window Boxes

  1. Marty Larson
    November 6, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Lantana is one of my favorites. I love the look.

  2. emily antonecchia
    November 6, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Mary, my friend that introduced me to your blog is coming for the nite tonite. Would you mind if we road down your road for her to see your potting shed. She wants to build one and is so in love with yours. If you don’t want us to, feel free to say no. We won’t even get out of the car if you would prefer. Thanks for even considering.

  3. Nancy
    November 6, 2015 at 8:18 am

    So beautiful! I’ve always wanted window boxes.

  4. Lynn Schantz
    November 6, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Our Indian summer was this past week temps in the mid 70’s. Will be having seasonably temps basically in the 50’s, our leaves have fallen. The window boxes of fall and the pumpkins add that pop of color that your eye wanders to. Mary thank you for your blogs, I enjoy them so much.

  5. November 6, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Lovely! Our color is lasting a long time here in the mountains too. Placing pumpkins in the window boxes is a wonderful idea!

  6. November 6, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Wow Mary…they are gorgeous!…I am hoping Santa brings me those glorious window boxes!!!….Pinning away…Have a great weekend!

  7. November 6, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Oh Mary, your window boxes are just bursting with Fall colors, and I love the addition of pumpkins and fall branches. I removed my coleus and begonias from my boxes and replaced with pansies and kale.
    Happy weekend to you!

  8. Robyn
    November 6, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Love your window boxes…..thanks for the ideas!!

  9. November 6, 2015 at 8:51 am

    All of my favorite colors… except maybe blue and green the rest of the year! Have yet to walk my garden, fall has appeared a wee bit, but I think several more weeks before I am wowed, fun to enjoy yours.

  10. November 6, 2015 at 8:51 am

    It all looks very autumnal, Mary! Beautiful changes!
    We’ve been blessed with some very mild weather & actually hit a new record high for Nov.1st. yay! I know the snows will come but in the meantime I’m enjoying our pretty fall colors. Thanks for sharing yours as well.

  11. Ellen Stillabower
    November 6, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Gorgeous!! Our Fall in Indiana has been wonderful!! Lots of color and warm weather!! Thanks for the colorful share!!!🍁🍂🍁🍂

  12. November 6, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Oh they look so pretty Mary! And fresh, like a blooming spring arrangement, except with the perfect fall colors! After 3 weeks of summer time weather on the coast we came home to a yard knee deep in leaves, gray skies and now a weekend of rain ahead…I wish you could work your magic at my house! How smart to just stick the stems in the soil like an oasis~ the pumpkin looks proud as a peacock sitting among those brilliant leaves!

  13. November 6, 2015 at 8:58 am

    That looks great Mary! I’ve had to dispose of all mine and tuck things away in preparation for winter. It’s been a fabulous week of warm weather up here but today we’re back to rainy weather. November is fickle!

  14. Kathi
    November 6, 2015 at 8:59 am

    One word: Gorgeous!!!

  15. November 6, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Mary, Your first photo has exactly captured the colors outside my window right now! Even your window box red is perfect for fall. So gorgeous!!! Believe it or not, we haven’t had a real hard freeze here in CT yet either, so the trees still have all their leaves and my roses are blooming. It’s in the high 60s today. I love this “North Carolina” style weather and think I might love living there too! Your shed boxes are just beautiful and have given me some joy this morning. Linda

  16. franniemeshorer
    November 6, 2015 at 9:44 am

    autumn is my favorire season (with spring a VERY close second!) i love the ‘fall’ colors. (however, i find that i am actually now ready for some ‘ever-greenery’ .. even though, i am not looking forward to a cold Ohio winter. thanks for all you share miz mary!

  17. Marg Ayers
    November 6, 2015 at 9:59 am

    What delightful array of color. Love it.

  18. franki
    November 6, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Glorious arrangement of Autumn splendor!! *sigh* … only that it would last… franki

  19. November 6, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I am crazy about window boxes, maybe because I have none. In Maine, they seem to be everywhere, even at the post office!

  20. Donna
    November 6, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Beautiful window boxes! It gave me inspiration for the hayracks on our patio railing. Thank you! Have a great day!

  21. Debbie
    November 6, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Very Beautiful, Mary.

  22. Teresa
    November 6, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Love the beautiful pictures! I miss the Fall Time in the Carolina, Thank you for sharing.

  23. Linda
    November 6, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Just Goregous!!!!!

  24. November 6, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Very pretty Mary! I love the big pumpkins:@)

  25. November 6, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    I am so late getting here cause I have been SICK all day and sleeping most of the day too. Your window boxes are just beautiful. I will be pinning this! We are losing the leaves on our trees, the colors are fading now:( So sad to see the colors go. Thanks so much for sharing this beauty! I miss the 9 window boxes I had at the other house so live vicariously through you now:):) Have a glorious weekend!

  26. November 6, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    I have been hovering over your pictures but don’t see a Pin it button come up???

    • November 7, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      Hi Pinky, the pin it button appears in the upper left corner when you hover your mouse over it. Try refreshing your browser :)

  27. November 6, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    What beauty you have surrounding you, thank you for sharing it with us all.

  28. sandy
    November 6, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Your window boxes are toe twitching gorgeous!! I LOVE Fall and live on the West coast, how fun to spend some time on the East coast and experience the changing of the seasons. Lucky you, thanks for the beautiful sampling.

  29. November 6, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Very pretty, I need to tweak the front table on the porch, because it is so dead looking. This is beautiful…and doesn’t add any $$ when you use clippings, Thanks, for the idea, Sandi

  30. Paula
    November 6, 2015 at 8:33 pm


    Looks very pretty!! We have had some lovely weather here in northeast IN. but the cold is on its way, can we say brrr :)


  31. November 6, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    So beautiful!

  32. November 7, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Nice touch! Today was damp and cool here. I felt chilled all day, but you won’t here any complaints. ‘-)

  33. November 7, 2015 at 7:29 am

    I wished I knew about plants as much as you do! Your planter boxes look very beautiful! Hugz Lisa and Bear

  34. Melodie Strickland
    November 7, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Looking at your beautiful window boxes brightened my day. Lost a wonderful friend of 35 years this week. Enjoy your blog so much. In fact it is the only blog I read.

  35. November 7, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    I always LOVE how you use natural materials from your area in your arrangements. Gorgeous!

  36. November 9, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Your window boxes are just stunning! The plants are so full and pretty and I love the addition of pumpkins.

  37. Marlene Hardy
    November 10, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  38. Anne Marie
    November 17, 2015 at 12:00 am

    I love your blog. I should comment more often. I don’t have a blog but love decorating my home and cooking and baking. Your blog is always a beauty to behold and is a constant source of inspiration. I especially love when you have pics of Chloe and Gracie! Just love them too. Don’t stop blogging! I look forward to your posts in my email!

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