If you enjoy the company of houseplants, consider cultivating a window garden, which is ideal for showing off plants in the winter. Creating a window garden is easy—you need only to extend the existing sill, and then mount, on the window frame, glass shelves, brackets (if you want them), and lengths of wire (for training vines). In my window garden, I paint horticultural portraits to emphasize the seasons. In this slide show, I'll show you the many different window gardens I've created in my house.
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For me, a garden confined to the windowsill alone feels inadequate—a real window garden must be a complete horticultural portrait. Consequently, vertical elements are necessary to generate eye movement. And here, gleaming glass shelves come to the rescue.
Three shelves are generally adequate for the average window.Align one shelf with the latch ledge above the windowsill, and another at the midway point between the two. Position the third shelf at an equal distance above the latch ledge.
I should probably mention that heavy, tempered glass is very expensive—often $100.00 per shelf. But you can ask your glass cutter to make shelves from half-inch-thick salvage glass. Such shelves can be had for about $10.00 each, and non-tempered glass (which I use) is fine.
Most of my shelves are 10-inches deep. They are held in place with 10-inch scrolled shelf supports.
You can find both new and salvage glass from your local glass-cutting shop. Shelf supports are available at any hardware store.