Window boxes are wonderful for relieving townscape drabness and will add charm to any home in an urban or country setting this autumn and winter.
To add a striking note to your seasonal containers, use ornamental cabbages.
Their swirls of crinkly-edged leaves add welcome textural impact to a mixed planting arrangement and their rose, ruby and garnet hues bring much needed colour at a time of year when everything seems grey.
Combine them with equally colourful and vibrant feathery heathers and mounds of golden, silver or mottled green ivy. Complete your window box with winter pansies, hebes, outdoor cyclamen and primulas – all produce delightful, long-lasting blooms.
You can even under plant with narcissus, tulips and other bulbs for added impact.
Tips for window box newbies: