Uniformly clipped baby boxwoods, lined up in an old wooden window box, blur the line between inside and out. Placed in the large bay window of the family room, it’s a simple way to add a touch of elegance to the space and does a great job of drawing the eye to the gardens beyond the small panes of glass.

Boxwoods are classic and timeless. The dark, evergreen foliage works beautifully in any room, throughout the year.

Creating this look was simple and easy once all the elements had been gathered.

This is how I did it, and what I used:

8 uniformly trimmed baby boxwoods were purchased from a vendor that had a booth/blanket at the Elephant’s Trunk flea market.

4 disposable aluminum loaf pans were fitted into a long wooden box.

Using good potting mix, I planted two boxwoods per loaf pan and watered them well.

The plantings were then top dressed with a layer of fresh, green moss to cover the dirt and hide the edges of the loaf pans. (My moss of choice is harvested from the lawn, with a serrated pizza server I might add, where grass has never been known to grow.)

Upkeep is just a matter of watering them where they reside inside, or hauling the whole kit and caboodle with Murph outside to the East Patio for a good soaking with the hose. The latter method, combined with the top dressing of moss, will keep them moist for over a week!

And that’s all there is to it. Simple, right?!

Happy decorating and gardening!

Love, Nora


  1. Nan, Odessa, DE on August 8, 2016 at 6:51 am

    You are amazing! Thank you for bringing boxwood to the FRONT. They are overlooked in decorating, both inside and outside. Your window is beautiful and will be for all seasons.
    I buy 2 extra this time of year for Christmas decorating. Like them in silver champagen bowls. Not available in Delaware at Christmas time. I can’t say enough GOOD about them! I use them in 15″ pots around a brick patio.

    Check this out:
    SOUTHERN LIVING, May 2008, A HOME IN THE GARDEN, Susanne Hudson (this will be a treat)

    Thanks, again

    • Nora on August 9, 2016 at 9:23 am

      Hi Nan,
      Looking forward to checking out those articles! Thanks!
      Love, Nora

  2. Kathy Ross on August 8, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Beautiful Nora!! Great idea for a bay window!


  3. Judy whitmore on August 8, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Just lovely!

  4. E on August 8, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Very clever and beautiful.
    Thx’s E

  5. Victoria on August 8, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Love this idea! I may just have to implement this look here at MacGregor’s Cottage.

  6. Deb on August 8, 2016 at 11:36 am

    what fun, I’ve decided to try a smaller version for my sun room .. thanks !

    • Nora on August 21, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Terrific! Enjoy Deb! Love, Nora

  7. Jennifer Taylor on August 8, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    How pretty! I never would have thought of that, and I adore boxwoods. Thanks for the idea and your how-to!

  8. david on August 11, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    I love this…..have to share with my fans!…. Peace, David, Owner Vermont Nature Creations the Hanging Water Garden folks @ https://www.facebook.com/hangingwatergardens

    • Nora on August 21, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks very much David! I appreciate that! Will check out your site….Love, Nora

  9. Pamela Broadwater on August 15, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Love this look. Do the aluminium pans need drainage holes?

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