Happy Holidays, Gentle Readers! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I hope that you’re excited (and rested up) for whatever December holiday/s you celebrate.
Our Thanksgiving tradition is to visit my parents near Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. That’s my adopted hometown: in addition to going to college in Philadelphia, I lived at 19th and Spruce Streets when I was in my 20s, and I worked a few blocks away at the Rosenbach Museum & Library. My salad days ;)
Anyway, while walking Tilly to the dog park at the Schuylkill, John and I noticed that there were a LOT of exquisite window boxes on the (mostly fancy) rowhouses and the neighborhood restaurants.
We went to the dog park several times, and every time we wove through the streets a different way; we saw gorgeous window boxes every time.
Why, I wondered? Why are window boxes such a thing here?
Well, for one thing, there are no front gardens in this part of the city. If you want some kind of green – or seasonal plantings, or holiday decorations – window boxes appear to be the favorite vehicle. Some houses have planters in front, but far more have window boxes.
I think window boxes are super charming. To be honest, though, I usually think of them in a cottagey context. Colorful, untamed, informal.
Our walk through this corner of Philadelphia reminded me that window boxes can be delightfully urban. Here are some of the most interesting we saw: Halloween themed, fall themed, holiday themed, and just plain pretty.
Now, if *I* had window boxes, I’d probably plant a bunch of pansies and feel very proud of myself. Or I could do what these smart, stylish Philadelphians do and hire a service to come change the plantings seasonally. Because I definitely need another house thing to spend money on ;)
Annie Elliott Design is based in Washington, DC, with offices in St. Michaels, Maryland and Middlebury, Vermont. Annie recently reported on 2022 design trends from High Point Market on NBC4.