Flowered balconies: a touch of summer with a thousand different colours

We bring a bit of nature with lots of green and thousands of colors not only in our apartment but also in our open spaces such as terraces and balconies. The flowered balconies represent our small space where we can be immersed in the green, surrounded by pleasant scents and colorful flowers.

The choice of plants to have an elegant and well-kept flowered balcony is vast, starting with the colors, choose to use the same shade of a different color or colors, the time we have available to care for the plants.

Let’s see together the most suitable plants and easy to grow to have the most beautiful flowered balconies in the city.

Flowered balconies color the gray palaces of big cities

With the arrival of the summer, but perhaps even before, here we see the appearance among the gray buildings of the big cities of flowered balconies, the so-called “green thumbs” show with such pride and elegance their cultivation of flowers and plants of all kinds.

They can revive an entire facade and sometimes an entire palace with the bright colors of the plants that bloom from spring until late summer. At the same time, exhibitions and competitions were held in various Italian cities to celebrate the most beautiful and luxuriant flowered balconies.

Flowered balconies: the choice of the right plants

The choice of the right plants is the most important thing, before buying any plant you have to consider some factors to avoid buying plants not suitable for our purpose.

Exposure

Flowered, lush and colourful balconies can only be obtained by choosing the most suitable plants for the display of our spaces, whether they be balconies or terraces. In addition to the climate, the exposure is also of fundamental importance and will certainly influence the choice of plants to buy to bring a touch of color to our spaces.

Choosing plants that prefer the same exposure and type of climate is therefore the most important thing, since a place with colder temperatures requires the choice of plants more rustic and that better withstand the cold.

Flowering

Another factor that can influence our choice is also the flowering, if we want them to bloom at the same time or at different times so as to have flowered balconies almost all year round.

The choice starts to seem difficult if we also consider the color or colors we prefer, plants that produce flowers of the same shade but with different shades or use plants from the flowers with the most varied colors.

Don’t worry, the choice is soon made, we keep in mind plants that produce flowers of various colors, simple to grow and suitable for our purpose.

The best arrangement of the plants

In addition to exposure and flowering, when choosing the right plants to obtain healthy flowered balconies, an additional factor to take into account is the size that the plants we want to buy can reach, especially if the available space we have is limited.

From the available space and according to our tastes, we can choose to place the plants with a growing arrangement arranging them so as to have the highest ones behind and the lowest ones in front, then depending on our imagination and taste we can complete our corner of relaxation.

A cascade of colours for our flowered balconies

We use all the space available, especially if the terrace or balcony is small, we put on the railings of the pots of the size that we like best, simply by attaching them to the same, without any effort and further work very simple.

From Geraniums to Surfinias, from Ivy to Petunias, all hanging (or falling) plants and not, in short, those best suited to any balcony that respects flowers.

Not only flowered and colourful balconies, but also fragrant ones

Among the plants that can be found in our corner of green certainly those aromatic can not miss, as the basil not only fragrant but also anti-mosquito plant, or rosemary, also useful in the kitchen is also an anti-mosquito plant.

Flowered balconies: the most suitable plants

Here the plants are more suitable and simple to grow that we can use to get balconies full of flowers and lush with little maintenance.

Blooming balconies in the summer

Let’s see which plants are best suited to our flower-filled balconies in the summer .

Gerani

In our list we could not miss the queens of the balconies, the Geraniums, commercially available plants that produce flowers of various shades and colors, are plants simple enough to grow and also quite cheap, ideal for flowery balconies.

The geraniums, or pelargoniums, are perennial plants native to Africa, rather strong and resistant, its flowers adorn the balconies and terraces of each city.

Scientific name: Pelargonium.

Flowering period: spring – summer

Exposure: sunny positions, they fear the cold.

Type of soil: soft and well-drained soil, rich in organic substances.

Watering: regular and frequent in the hottest periods.

surfinie

Fragrant flowers, a cascade of fragrant flowers, the Surfinie, manage to give our terraces and balconies that touch of color with abundant flowering from spring to the end of the summer. The Surfinies are also very resistant plants and have a very compact foliage, belonging to the Solanaceae family, and are native to South America.

Scientific name: Petunia.

Flowering period: spring – summer

Exposure: sunny positions – sheltered from the wind.

Type of soil: soft and well-drained soil, rich in organic substances.

Watering: regular and frequent.

Periwinkle

It belongs to the Apocynaceae family, Pervinca is the common name of Vinca, it is a genus of plants that originates from Europe and the tropics, including perennial herbaceous species, erect or even creeping.

Scientific name: Vinca

Flowering period: spring – summer

Exposure: half shade.

Type of soil: although it adapts to various types of soil, it prefers those that are moist but well-drained, rich in organic and predominantly acidic substances.

Watering: regular and frequent.

Rincospermo

It is more commonly known as the false jasmine. The rincospermo (or Rhyncospermum ) is a climbing shrub of the family Apocinacee, to which it also jasmine, very easy to grow.

Scientific name: Trachelospermum jasminoides

Flowering period: spring – summer.

Display: positions but also tolerates a shady position, even if in this case it will produce less flowers.

Type of soil: The soil is well suited to any type of soil, provided it is well drained and free from water stagnation.

Watering: regular and constant in the hot season, but never excessive to avoid water stagnation.

Lavender

Particularly appreciated for the scent of its flowers, lavender is a plant typical of the Mediterranean area, used not only for decorative purposes, but also in herbal medicine and in pastry.

Equipped with long, narrow, very fragrant silvery leaves. Between the end of spring and summer, it produces many small lilac flowers, grouped in spikes, perfect to give our flowery balcony in addition to color also a delicate fragrance.

Scientific name: Lavandula angustifolia.

Flowering period: spring – summer.

Exposure: sunny positions, but it also tolerates a shady position, even if in this case it will produce less flowers.

Type of soil: The soil is well suited to any type of soil, provided it is well drained and free from water stagnation.

Watering: regular and constant in the hot season, but never excessive to avoid water stagnation.

Blooming balconies all year round

In addition to the plants that bloom in spring – summer, for those who want a flowery balcony all year round, let’s see which are the most suitable plants that bloom at the end of the summer. Obviously, to have a balcony flower all year round, it will be enough to have both plants that bloom in warm periods and those that bloom in winter.

Cyclamen

The cyclamen is the perfect plant for you if you want to have a flowery balcony even in winter, because it is very resistant to cold and is one of the few flowering plants that has an autumn flowering, which generally lasts from September to May.

Scientific name: Cyclamen.

Flowering period: September – May.

Exposure: luminous positions but avoid direct sunlight, tolerates low temperatures well.

Type of soil: an acidic soil rich in humus. It can be enriched with homemade compost and, if you like natural remedies, it is excellent to fertilize with coffee grounds.

Watering: during the flowering period, the cyclamen must be watered every two or three days, while in spring, the waterings must be reduced.

Heather

L ‘ Erica is a shrub-like plant, which belongs to the family Ericaceae, consisting of over 600 evergreen species.

It is native to South Africa, and has a characteristic exuberant flowering even in winter, it is suitable for coloring our terrace or balcony throughout the year.

Scientific name: Erica.

Flowering period: it varies depending on the variety and its flowers bloom almost all year round.

Exposure: they love light and bright places and cool areas but avoid the direct rays of the sun.

Soil type: fairly acidic, being an acidophilus plant, therefore it does not like calcium, use a specific soil for this type of plants.

Watering: water it with moderation and frequently so as to leave the soil always slightly damp, in the house also spray the leaves in the period of greatest flowering.

Calicantus

The calicantus, also called calicanto, is an evergreen plant from bearing shrub native to Asia, spread rapidly throughout Europe for its ease of cultivation and its heady scent. The calicantus gives us a characteristic flowering in winter, showing very delicate golden flowers with an intense fragrance.

Scientific name: Chimonanthus.

Flowering period: autumn – winter.

Exposure: sunny positions, the plant needs a lot of light.

Type of soil: compact and clayey. Plant them in the autumn, before the frosts and prepare the soil with compost or pellet manure

Watering: it does not need much water, but water it when you see the soil too dry.