Terrace plants

Terrace plants

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Question: what plants can I put on the balcony at home?

hi, I have a north-facing balcony so sunny a couple of hours in winter and until about 12 in spring and summer. what plants could I bury to embellish it? thanks

Terrace plants: Answer: balcony plants

Dear Simonetta,
your terrace receives enough sun to be able to grow geraniums and surfines in the warm season at will, without fearing that they bloom too little; if you also have larger pots, where to place small shrubs or perennials, you will have to choose species that are well resistant to cold, so that they survive even during the summer and in the event of frost.
Among the shrubs that are well resistant to cold, there are a good part of the garden plants that we call acidophilic, or that need a soil with acid ph, without limestone; most of these plants (at least, those that are commonly grown in the garden in Italy) are completely rustic, and survive well even if they do not receive so many hours of sunshine every day, in fact, they generally prefer quite cool locations. So for these plants, sunlight only in the morning is perfect, because in the afternoon and evening in the hot and sultry days of August, your plants will have periods of shade and refreshment.
A good part of the acidophiluses cultivated in the garden are not large, and therefore they will be able to find space in pots, without needing over time larger and larger containers.
So azaleas, hydrangeas, pieris, sarcococche, leucothoe, are all very beautiful and elegant plants, which are cultivated without problems in pots, especially if you choose the most compact and dense varieties, which tend to develop less over the years. Only one trick, place these plants in a specific soil for acidophilic plants, and when you water them, use water without limestone; if you water with the water from the aqueduct, fill the watering cans in the evening, and water the next day, so that the limestone has time to settle on the bottom.
If you do not like acidophilic plants, you can plant beautiful resistant plants, like hebe: there are many species and varieties, they are evergreen, and you can find them in nurseries with large and variegated leaves, with tiny leaves, with lilac flowers in panicles.
Typically in large pots small shrubs are cultivated, as some varieties of cotoneaster or pyracantha, which are resistant, need little care, bloom in spring and in winter they bring beautiful small red or orange berries.
If you want small plants instead, which are kept below 20-25 cm, look for nurseries in the nursery, among which you can find roses, gaultheria, hypericum, ophiopogon (the name is strange, but at the sight they are small tufts of dark grass, which in summer produce small pinkish flowers, reminiscent of lilies of the valley), sedum, thyme. You can also consider all the perennials that you like the most, such as oxalis, bluebells, verbena, vinca.


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