While setting up a window sill garden people pay more attention to beauty and contrast. As long as the window garden is concerned, beauty and color combination is the least priority.  

The most important factor here is the compatibility of the plants. 

Different plants have different growth patterns and requirements. It would be difficult to have plants having different growth requirements growing in the same area.

Here are some tips to help you choose the plants to grace your window sills. 

Basic characteristics


The soil texture and drainage capacity are the chief factors for choosing these plants. 

Some plants love to have a firm holding soil, while others prefer loose soil with better drainage. The herbs need moisture retention with good drainage in the soil while other plants require water retention in their soil. Combining these different traits will not come out well in a garden. 

So, one must study the plants well before choosing them to combine.  

Light requirement

It is better to combine plants having similar light requirements so that they are always in good condition. Never combine long-day plants and short plants in the same pot. They can be together as long as they are planted in separate pots. 


Equally important is the temperature and climate. If you think that having different climatic plants in the same container would give you year-long blooms, then you are completely wrong. Summer plants and plants that shy away from the heat would make a disastrous pair. 

Always combine like-minded plants together. 


The frequency of watering depends on the used type of soil. Some plants will need frequent watering while others only need moist soil. Never combine plants having such requirements together. 

Keeping these factors in mind next comes the beauty of the foliage and the flowers. 

Aesthetic factors


Combining too many plants with different colors will not be attractive. Stick to a minimum number of options. Contrasting colors are always the rage as it will give a dramatic look. 

While mixing the colors, consider both flowers and foliage. It would give a better shading effect as well.


A balanced combination for a window sill garden would be having a big plant at the center, some fillers around it. 

This applies to the pot or container that goes at either end of the window sill. The center plant shouldn’t be too big, a small-medium height plant or plants should be enough. 


Choosing a colorful container increases the overall effects of beautification. Many people try to conceal the container under the plants. Never do that. You must show off your container as well. 

You can choose any eye-catchy containers in flashy colors or differently shaped or designed. 

It should be suitable, as long as it has a good drainage system. 

Choose a rectangle container and plant the plants according to their height. Place the tallest plant at the center reduce the plant height gradually towards the sides.  

Whatever you do, never overcrowd the container or the pot. Remember, too many plants spoil the efforts. Keep the number of plants minimal but don’t make it look bare. 


It is not the number of plants that makes a window sill garden beautiful, those factors are the size, color, texture, and lighting effects. When all the basic characteristics are similar for your chosen plants, pay more attention to the aesthetics to make your garden look attractive, practical, and beautiful.