Terrace plants

Terrace plants

Question: what plants can I put on the balcony of the house?

hi, I have a north-facing balcony so sunny for a couple of hours in winter and until around 12 in spring and summer. which plants could I plant to beautify it? thanks

Terrace plants: Answer: balcony plants

Dear Simonetta,

your terrace receives enough sun to be able to grow geraniums and surfinias at will in the summer, without fear that they will 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 case of frost.

Among the shrubs that are well resistant to cold there are most of the garden plants that we call acidophilic, that is they need a soil with an acid pH, free of 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 many hours of sun every day, on the contrary, they generally prefer fairly cool locations. So for these plants, the sunlight only in the morning hours is perfect, because the afternoon and evening in the hot and sultry days of August will result in periods of shade and coolness for your plants.

Most of the acidophilic plants that are grown in the garden are not large in size, and therefore will be able to find a place in pots, without requiring larger and larger containers over time.

So azaleas, hydrangeas, pieris, sarcococche, leucothoe, are all very beautiful and elegant plants, which can be grown without problems in pots, especially if you choose the more compact and dense varieties, which tend to develop less over the years. Just 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 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 don't like acidophilic plants, you can plant some beautiful resistant plants, such as hebe: there are many species and varieties, they are evergreen, and you can find them in the nursery with large and variegated leaves, with tiny leaves, with lilac flowers in corn on the cob.

Typically small shrubs are grown in large pots, such as some varieties of cotoneaster or pyracantha, which are hardy, need little care, bloom in spring and in winter bear beautiful small red or orange berries.

If, on the other hand, you want small plants, which keep below 20-25 cm, in the nursery look for the ground cover, among which you can find roses, gaultheria, St. of dark grass, which in summer produce small pink flowers, reminiscent of lilies of the valley), sedum, thyme. You can also consider all the perennials you like most, such as oxalis, bluebells, verbena, vinca.

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