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Credit: Monica Buck

You worked for hours helping Mom plant pachysandra way back when, but that doesn‚t help you now, as you try to nurture a briefly blooming geranium display in an outdoor window box. It‚s time to throw in the towel―literally. A standard window box (try a simple one from windowbox.com), installed inside, just below the sill, proves fertile ground for storing a colorful array of hand towels and washcloths. Stick to one shade or mix it up and you‚ll have your own version of a window garden. Even Mom may reap the benefits.