If you live in a basement apartment or don’t have much outdoor space, take advantage of the space inside of your window wells. Depending on the square footage you have outside, the area inside your window wells may be valuable. You probably don’t have the space to plant rows of corn or large trees or bushes; you probably have space for a few smaller planter pots of your favorite herbs, flowers, and other plants.
Continue reading to learn more about transforming your window wells into beautiful gardens below.
The amount of sunlight your window well gets each day will determine the type of flowers and plants you will be able to grow successfully. Depending on the location of your wells, they may get some sun throughout the day and shade the rest of the day. If this sounds like your wells, here are some partial-shade plants that could work in your windows:
- Herbs, like basil, thyme, dill, cilantro, mint, chives, and parsley, prefer a couple of hours of morning light and shade the rest of the day.
- Leopard Plant — A striking shade perennial that, depending on the species, has spiky or daisy-like flowers.
- Green and Gold — True to its name, this ground cover boasts delicate canary yellow flowers during the early spring with quilted green leaves.
If your window wells are in the shade all day long, you’re still in luck! Your shady wells can still be colorful spaces, just as long as you plant shade-loving plants that will thrive without direct sunlight. Here’s a list of full-shade plants to consider:
- Yellow Bleeding Heart — Enjoy months of yellow flowers and bluish-green foliage.
- Indian Pinks — Attract hummingbirds with these red flowers with yellow centers.
- Dwarf Chinese Astilbe — These purple and pink spiky flowers will keep you smiling all spring and summer long.
- Hardy Begonias — Enjoy the delicate flowers of begonias but in a strong, hardy version.
Other Helpful Tips
Here are a few other tips and tricks for gardening in your window well:
- During winter months, add a clear window well cover to create a greenhouse for a year-round garden.
- If winter is too daunting, place your flowers and plants in pots that you can bring inside.
- Ensure your plants have proper drainage to avoid root rot, and since window wells already have drains installed, it’s the perfect place.
- If you lack a green thumb (don’t feel bad—many people do!), all is not lost. You can still enjoy some greenery without the real deal. Instead, pot some decent looking faux flora in your window wells and relish the look without the work.
Keep Safety in Mind
It’s important to remember that egress windows are meant to supply an additional way out in an emergency and required by code. Keep a clear path and emergency ladder in place in case you need a quick way out.
Contact Windowell Expressions
If you want to beautify your window wells, even more, contact the window well experts at Windowell Expressions. We supply homeowners in the Salt Lake City area with beautiful solutions to ugly window wells like well liners, covers, and foundation liners. Give your window wells the makeover they deserve with Windowell Expressions.