Decorating Your Window Box For The Holidays

The holiday season is here -- is your home ready? Aside from the traditional exterior holiday lights you can add a few classy touches to your existing decor to make it seasonal. Have you updated your window boxes yet? Here are a few ideas to make them stand out...

Evergreens and Berries

One great way to bring a little holiday spirit to your home is adding some greens and berries to your window boxes. This is a classic and simple arrangement that is hearty enough to withstand some serious weather. You can also make small changes to keep this look through January. Like in this example you should utilize a few different kinds of greens to create texture and dimension. Add in a burst of red berries to create some contrast and interest. 


Want to lean into the Christmas theme more? Fill up your window box with some ornaments! This example is actually a pre-made window box filler you can purchase fully assembled but you can also create a custom look on your own. Select a color theme beforehand and head out to purchase some durable shatterproof ornaments. Fill your window box with greens like you normally would and then attach ornaments throughout the arrangement. You can attach them with floral wire so they stay put! The ideas don't end there! We've seen some amazing things created with candles, lights, wreaths and much more. Head on over to Pinterest to see a full board of our favorite seasonal window box decor.



Bringing Life To Your Winter Landscape

Winter is a dark and cold time - but it doesn't have to be a downer. Adding life to your yard or winter garden isn't as hard as you think and can be done in a span of only a few hours (or in the summer if you like to plan ahead). Here are a few ideas to consider...

Use Your Hardscapes

Getting anything to grow outside in the winter is impossible - so lean into it! Focus on utilizing the non-living aspects of your yard or garden. Structures like fencing, arbors, pergolas, statues and more are striking in the warm months and can continue to be eye catching in the winter. Show off these structures with lights either strung around the beams or with a ground level spotlight pointed in its direction. You can also add evergreens and hearty berry plants to create a pop of color during the daytime. You can also add some decorations when appropriate. 

Use Planters Everywhere

You can create some beautiful displays in planters, even during the winter months. You can grab your warm weather planters from storage and fill them with evergreens, grasses and berries to create beautiful cold weather arrangements. You can also add colorful bows and light elements to bring even more life into the arrangement. If you don't want to go crazy just adding some evergreens is still perfectly lovely. Use these at your entryway, lantern posts and key focal points in your yard - be careful around mailboxes because the closer to the street the more likely they will be hit by plows.  

Plan Ahead

Next year consider adding a little winter prep to your normal gardening routine. Think about what kinds of plants can thrive in the cold and use those in your spring and summer gardens with your normal plants. Look for plants that are hearty greens and produce colorful berries.  



Using Your Planter In The Fall

Just because the warm days have past doesn't mean you have to put all of your outdoor decor into storage. A great planter can be utilized throughout the year, even in the coolest months. Fall is the perfect time to get festive and create interesting container gardens and arrangements. Though your choices on what is hearty enough to stick around will not be as vast you still have many beautiful options. Here are a few ideas to get you started...

Rustic Ornamental Grass

Create a rustic planter but utilizing a variety of different grasses. Grasses tend to be hearty and very seasonal. You can add a few varieties to create a lush, full look. Some seasonal favorites include purple fountain grass, Mexican feather grass and Chinese silver grass. Grasses look great together with a few bursts of color in the form of flowers or gourds! Utilize ornamental grasses to add a little height to your arrangements. 

Pumpkins & Gourds, Oh My!

Your container garden doesn't have to be full of things that are still growing, adding a few decorative elements can really bring it to life. You can create a container garden that centers around one large pumpkin, add a few small ones in a lush arrangement or create a garden made entirely of pumpkins and gourds! What you do is simply add in a little grass and fill your planter with carefully selected gourds that meet your color palette. If you want add in some pinecones and acorns to give it a little added interest. While it is no longer growing it is certainly lovely. 

Embrace Color Combinations

If the weather has you in the blue cheer yourself with a burst of color! Embrace the natural hues of fall in your container garden. Flowers like mums and pansies do well in cool temperatures so if you fill your planter with those you will enjoy weeks of colorful blooms at your front door. Pick two or more colors and lean into that combination! Add a few contrasting elements to really make them pop.



Autumn's Favorite Flowers

Fall is here once again so it's time to break out those deep colors and cozy textures. One thing you may be thinking about as you transform your living space for the season is what plants and flowers look best in the fall?


When you think of fall flowers chrysanthemums (or mums as they are commonly known) are probably first on your mind. These fall favorites are lush in hue and texture blooming in vibrant colors like yellow, orange, red, gold and deep burgundy. Mums are hearty enough to survive until a serious frost and can provide splashes of color either inside or outside. Mums thrive in fall because they do not require a ton of sunlight like summer flowers and the cold can even make them more vibrant!

Hearty Pansies

You may think of them as a spring flower but pansies are also great for fall. Whether you are growing them indoors or outside you will see successful blooms throughout the season. Unlike spring you will want to choose pansies in autumn colors like gold, orange and red. You can find varieties in virtually every hue imaginable! Pansies are also hearty and can withstand a bit of frost. These guys will hang around until the first significant frost.

Vibrant Marigolds

Marigolds are another vibrant bloom to add to your autumn container garden. Though they are known for their golden color, marigolds can actually come in a variety of shades including red and orange. These are a good choice for bloom in late summer to early fall since they usually do better in the warmer temperatures. Since the real cold doesn't usually hit until October these will still make a great addition to a fall garden and bridge the gap between seasons.   

There are a myriad of flowers and plants that do well in the fall weather and look great in autumn flower boxes container gardens. Use any of these colorful blooms but don't forget those lush evergreens and seasonal grasses that give the garden that extra bit of life!



Autumn Exterior Lighting

As the leaves fall from the trees the days get shorter and shorter. Now is the ideal time to invest in some exterior lighting to make your walkways safer and a bit more stylish. Exterior lighting doesn't have to be extensive to be effective. A simple lantern and post installation can provide just enough light to prevent falls as people go in and out of your home in the dark.

Combination Lighting

If you love the look of a lantern and post but want a little bit more light a combination of post mounted and side mounted lanterns might be right for your home. This home employs both a lovely Montgomery Post Mount lantern on a Hammond Post next to the driveway as well as a few Montgomery Side Mount lanterns flush with the front door. This gives off more illumination while also adding a bit of flourish with the matching lantern style. The post and side mount lantern combination is a great way to add some curb appeal to your home as well. 

Lanterns & Posts

Our most popular exterior lighting setups is the lantern and lantern post. Whether your style is classic or contemporary you can find a combination that best suits your taste. You can place a lantern and post near the front entry, at the end of the driveway or by a walkway - wherever you like! One of our most popular combinations is the classic Hammond Lantern Post and the Lexington Post Mount Lantern. This duo creates a handsome welcome in front of any home. 

Side-Mounted Lighting

If you want to add some light to your homes' exterior but don't want to install a post you can simply choose a side-mount lantern. These lanterns give you the same light and style as their post-mounted counterparts. Simply install on a wall near your doorway or wherever you need the extra light. You can find dozens of lantern and lantern post styles at any Walpole Outdoors location, in our catalog or online.



Sophisticated & Simple: Kit Pergolas

Outdoor structures add a certain sophistication to any outdoor space. But sometimes you just want a simple, priced structure without all that measuring and customization. If this sounds like you then you will love our selection of quality, beautiful and durable kit pergolas. In a variety of styles and materials our kit pergolas are priced up front and come in standard measurements so you know exactly what you are getting before it arrives at your home. The handcrafted quality you find in a Walpole Shade Pergola Kit is far superior in many ways to other kits on the market. Here are four excellent reasons why:

  • True sizes: Unlike other pergola kits, Walpole pergola sizes are measured from the center of the columns, and our beams project 18" beyond the center of the columns.
  • Detail: Our construction includes more joists and laths, providing a more attractive spacing.
  • Flexibility: All of our kits - including Walpole Extruded Vinyl Pergolas - have sturdy construction to accept a manually-operated ShadeFX canopy.
  • Ease: Pergola Kits are crated and shipped motor freight, canopies arrive ready to install.

Whether you are looking for something that can add some shade to an existing space like a patio or a structure to build a space around a kit pergola is a smart choice. The hardest part is deciding which one you like the most!

Straight Top, Round Column Kit Pergola

This classic free-standing pergola can turn your poolside space into a resort! The perfect structure to cover a dining or seating area with or without a shade canopy. Transition the space in the fall with a fire pit and twinkle lights up the pillars. Standard pergolas handcrafted in AZEK are available in six sizes, arch top or classic straight top, with round or square fiberglass columns. Factory finished with white, Sherwin- Williams paint which is warrantied for 25 years. Each pergola style and size is powered with a ShadeFX manual shade canopy. Choose Sunbrella rain resistant, waterproof or commercial fabrics. Motor freight.

Natural Western Red Cedar Shade Pergola Kit

Looking for something a little more natural and rustic for your home? A great structure for you would be the Natural Western Red Cedar Shade Pergola Kit. This pergola looks great in the garden as well as providing shade to a patio or outdoor seating area. This kit feature stunning, select grade and knot-free kiln dried Western Red Cedar. The Walpole "E" end cut style is standard. Your kit is unstained and will weather to a beautiful silver gray and is yours to paint or stain as you see fit. Add a ShadeFX canopy and extend your outdoor enjoyment significantly. 

Arched Top Shade Pergola Kit With Square Columns

A classic, elegant look for any home. The delicate arched beams on this kit pergola add a beautiful architectural touch to any home or backyard. For added shade and comfort install a ShadeFX Canopy that's a breeze to open and close to allow you to enjoy your pergola in any weather. Sizes are measured on-center of the posts and have a 1 1/2' overhang. Square fiberglass columns with recessed panels, capitals and decorative base. Crafted in AZEK, cellular PVC. Factory primed and painted. Manually-operated shades offered in over fifty Sunbrella rain-resistant, waterproof and commercial fabrics. Crated and shipped motor freight. Arrives ready to install. Discover more of our beautiful pergola kits online and find the perfect style for your home! 


Outdoor Solutions: Kit Pergolas

Adding a place of interest or an outdoor focal point can be invaluable for any business, store, government building, country club, restaurant, school or sports and leisure center. Creating a space for people to relax, eat or otherwise just enjoy the outdoors is key in creating a relaxing and stress-free environment. Creating that space can also be stress-free as well with the simple and beautiful Walpole priced pergola kits. If you don't want to spend the money or time building a custom structure our selection of priced pergola kits is the perfect solution for you. Each pergola is crafted in finely sources materials including natural western red cedar and the low-maintenance wood alternative AZEK. Available in a variety of styles priced kit pergolas can add unmeasurable value and interest to an outdoor space of any kind and last for years and years to come with little to no maintenance required. Contractors can offer them to their clients, buy them from Walpole and install them with ease.

Why a priced kit pergola from Walpole Outdoors?

  1. Completely Pre-Manufactured: No fabrication in the field is required. Components arrive pre-fabricated and factory finished. Structurally reinforced seamless beams are pre-drilled.
  2. Easy To Install: Unskilled workers find it easy from start to finish. Assembly components include uncomplicated brackets and fasteners. These are powder-coated stainless steel. See how simple the installation will be. Call and we'll send you the installation instructions.
  3. More Size and Style Options: Freestanding or attached, from 10' x 10' to 14' x 14', with straight or arched tops, rounded or square columns. Unlike other pergola kits, Walpole pergola sizes are measured from the center of the columns, and our beams project 24" beyond the center of the columns. Our construction includes more joists and laths, providing a more attractive spacing.
  4. Versatile: Can be quickly erected anywhere - hardscaping (bluestone, pavers) or on a deck. All of our kits - including Walpole Extruded Vinyl Pergolas - have sturdy construction to accept a manually-operated ShadeFX canopy.
  5. Completely Factory Finished: Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe paint with a 25-year warranty so you can get the perfect color to match your outdoor space.
  6. Smart Delivery: Arrives in wrapped pallets with easy-to-follow detailed instructions for even a novice installer. Motorized or manual shade canopies optional.



Elements Of Curb Appeal

We all have that home or business we drive by and silently envy. Whether its the building or the landscaping curb appeal makes a big impact on our unconscious judgment of homes and businesses. Do you want to make your home one that people remember, are inspired by or just silently envy? Do you want to make passerby notice and remember your business before ever coming inside? Boosting curb appeal doesn't have to be a huge expensive undertaking it just requires smart use of what your property already has going for it.

Create an Area of Interest

A surefire way to boost your homes' appeal is by adding an external structure that will serve as a point of visual interest. A great example of this are homes that feature pergolas near the front of their yard or attached to the home. Pergolas are stately and never go unnoticed. A sleek white structure that extends or adds on to the home will draw interest and boost your home's value. If a pergola is too much of a change to your home's structure consider a much simpler arbor. Arbors come in a variety of styles and can be customized fully insuring you have a structure as unique as your home. This structure adds a whimsical element to an entryway instantly pulling the space together.

Create a Memorable Entry

The entry to any building sets a tone - if patrons see old, un-maintained fencing or a creaky gate you are putting them in a negative headspace before their encounter with your business even begins. If overhauling the facade and landscaping is too pricy or unrealistic a good place to focus your attention (or begin a larger project) is the entrance. Simple improvements like replacing old fencing and adding a new gate can go a long way. Smaller touches also don't go unnoticed - think planters and window boxes with season flowers and a lantern on a sturdy lantern post lighting up the walkway. In conjunction with simple garden maintenance you can make any home or business look welcoming. Larger structures like pergolas make great entryway additions as well and can be customized to create a one-of-a-kind impact.

Maintain Your Investment

You could spend thousands overhauling the exterior of your home or business but if you don't maintain your new hardscape or landscaping it will go back to looking dull pretty quickly. Luckily Walpole structures made with the state-of-the-art AZEK cellular vinyl material are virtually maintenance free! This material has the look and feel of real wood without the decay, splintering, chipping and weather related damage. AZEK structures are installed and will never need to be repainted or repaired (under normal conditions). The occasional cleaning will help with seasonal accumulation (pollen, leaves) but your structure will look the same as the day it was installed years later.


Enjoy Your Backyard This Summer

Why go out when you can stay in? You shouldn't have to get away to enjoy the outdoors. Travelling to your own backyard is an overlooked and essential part of enjoying the summer sun. What can you do to make your backyard the perfect summer retreat?

Create A Space

The first thing you need to do is create a backyard living space. This space isn't a room but should have an obvious border without being closed off. A great way to do this is with outdoor furniture arranged around some kind of central piece like a table or large planter. If you have a pergola this is the perfect use for it! You want to create an outdoor space that mirrors your most relaxing seating area in your home. Think about how you will use it alone and how you will use it with company and arrange accordingly - it should work for both.

Embrace The Details

When creating a space you are going to spend a lot of time in you should pay attention to the details! Fabrics, colors and decor are all important when creating a relaxing environment. Do plush fabrics make you feel at ease? Do you like rustic wicker furniture? Whatever your personal style, embrace it! Pay attention to pillows and cushions and select pieces that have vibrancy, a nice texture and durability. After the dressings be mindful of lighting. Not every summer day is full of sunshine and clear skies. Add lighting touches that can transform your space from day to night in an instant.

Keep It Shady

While the sun is nice, it's always wise to have a shaded area where you can retreat. Adding some kind of shaded element will allow you to enjoy your space in the rain or with a sunburn. If you are creating a space under a pergola consider getting a retractable canopy, if you are not under a structure you can invest in a canopy or just a large umbrella.

Add Amenities

One of the best parts of vacationing are the amenities. Why not add some to your summer space? Want an outdoor kitchen? Add one! A bar? Add one! You don't have to go all out but adding a few luxurious touches will make you feel like you are at a resort. Consider adding a small refrigerator and decorating it to blend into the scenery. Guests will love coming over!



3 Ways To Enhance Your Arbor

Creating a memorable entryway is a priority when designing the exterior of a home or business. While the structures alone are a beautiful sight some home and business owners want to add a unique touch to make it truly their own. Custom arbors are the perfect structure to add some structure to a pathway, entrance or garden area. Using a little creativity you can take that beautiful structure and add a little extra interest or whimsy.

1. Climbing Greens

An arbor covered in green creates a natural look that perfectly enhances any garden entry. Choosing the perfect climbing green plant depends on your climate more than anything followed by how much maintenance you are willing commit to. Ivy is always a great, low-maintenance option that grows fast and maintains a lush green color throughout most of the year. If you live in a colder climate and want a lot of coverage Golden Hops is a great choice. This climber grows quickly and is hearty even in winter. The only downside is that it can get unruly if not regularly maintained.

2. Climbing Flowers

Looking for some color in the spring and summer but a hearty green in fall and winter? Adding a climbing flowering plant is a great idea for an arbor. You can go with classic climbing roses that create a romantic look if you are willing to spend a little time cultivating the flowers. Climbing roses comes in just about every color imaginable so you have an unlimited number of options to go with. Other popular climbers include the beautifully purple clematis, delicate blue morning glory and cute pink sweet pea. Each plant has its own specific needs but they all climb beautifully and and grow vivid color blooms with hearty greens. If you want something with a little more drama wisteria is an option to consider.

3. Light It Up

Adding seasonal touches to your outdoor structures is fun and festive but you don't have to keep those Christmas lights stored away all season long. A great way to create some interest in the evening is to add some light features to your arbor. Some small twinkle lights nestled in the ivy is season-less and magical. If you don't have the ivy then stringing the lights on the arch is just as lovely and the small bulbs won't be a distraction in the daylight. You can also add a lantern and post just beside the arbor so you can light it up in the evenings to show off your arbor and guide people through the entry.