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Not curtains, but plants hang from the curtain rod.

Not curtains, but plants hang from the curtain rod

Instead of a curtain, stained glass panels and a leafy screen give privacy to the dining room shown above. The house plants thrive close to window light, and their leaves help block the view of the neighbor's wall.

The hanging plants in the photograph are rabbit's foot fern (Polypodium aureum), creeping Jenny (Pilea depressa), and grape ivy. To keep their growth lush, owner Winifred Anderson of Woodland, California, rotates the side facing the window every few weeks. Every month or two, she takes plants down, rinses off leaves, and submerges pots in water to soak them thoroughly. Lightweight plastic pots with saucers attached are the most practical. Unfinished Wood support brackets, finials, and wooden rods 4 to 8 feet long and 1 5/16 inch in diameter cost $20 to $25 a set at large building supply or home improvement centers. You can paint or stain them to match window trim.

Chains and S-hooks are usually available at the same place or from garden supply stores. You may have to expand one end of the S-hooks or slip large metal rings over the rod and suspend smaller S-hooks from them.

Below the plants, owner-designed stained glass fits inside the existing pane. It is held in place by 1/4-inch quarter-round stained to match the window trim and nailed to it.

Photo: House plants thrive in east-facing window. Wooden rod, S-hooks, and chains support pots up to 9 inches across. End brackets for rod are screwed to window frame
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