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When the warm season arrives, everyone wants to do their part and make this world more flourishing. Even if you have a small balcony you can help with some pots full of flowers and plants. Even if few, in the right place. For this it is important to know the criteria on how to arrange the plants on the terrace, beyond the square meters available.
Plants on the terrace: why
If you are wondering "who makes me do it", know that a flowered terrace is an important element for our good mood as well as for the aesthetics of our home. Great is the satisfaction that one feels seeing it grow and blossom, not counting the moments of relaxation that gives us the cultivation, arranging the plants in the correct way and taking care of them day by day by watering, cleaning and pruning them.
How to arrange the plants on the terrace
Before rushing to some garden center to buy the plants to put on the balcony, first we think locally to understand what we need. In addition to thinking locally, it is necessary to pay attention to the orientation of the terrace.
Where does the sun shine and when, and how much? Walls or balconies facing north must be treated differently from those facing south, for example, and we cannot risk putting a plant that wants the sun on a terrace on which it beats only a couple of hours a day. So let's check the real amount of sunshine that we can assure our guests.
Before we evaluate how green our thumb can be, let's learn how to arrange the plants on the terrace with some little tricks that are useful for the more experienced as well as for beginners. Let us ask ourselves what are the needs of plants and try to respect them. Each will require a certain amount of light and shade, air or humidity.
We divide the balcony into different zones and then distribute the plants according to your preferences. The ones most in need of light are the aromatic ones such as basil, rosemary and sage that we can arrange in the sunniest spots together with roses and Bougainvillea which is used to Mediterranean climates. The part of the terrace that is almost always in the shade is by no means destined to remain empty, on the contrary, there are plants that require little sun and are disturbed by too much light. This is the case of verbena and fern but also of flowers such as begonia.
How to arrange climbing plants
Creepers deserve a separate paragraph because first of all they can hardly be moved and then they have a greater sensitivity to the sun's rays and a different reaction. The most recommended for the balcony can be passionflower and hydrangea, to plant, but the famous one is impressive ivy so you need a terrace to the north and well sheltered from possible drafts. If we have walls to fill but no climbing plants to arrange, we can easily opt for a small and practical hanging garden with pots full of aromatic or flowering plants such as fuchsia and verbena.
How to arrange in pots on the terrace
If we limit ourselves to only one side of the balcony and the wall of the house, we may find that we have little space compared to the number of plants we want. arrange, but there are several remedies, let's not get sad. We can create new spaces by arranging the plants on the ground or placing the pots directly on furniture or chairs that we have on the terrace but that we never use. We let the vegetation invade the parts we never use. With a little order and observation we can furnish our terrace without spending a euro but using existing supports, perhaps coating them if they seem unsightly to us. For example with wooden planks that we can keep in natural view or paint.
Shade plants for terraces
Let's go back to talking about plants for a brief discussion, giving you some names of plants that in the shade they are very comfortable and can be accommodated on your terrace.
If we have space for some small trees to keep in pots, we can choose the Japanese Maple which cannot tolerate the sun's rays at all except the oblique ones of the evening and morning. There are also a number of evergreen shrubs like the Holly, the Pittosforo and the Boxwood. We have already mentioned the Ivy as a plant for shaded areas and similarly too the Hosta is suitable but if we want some flowers, we can buy Fuchsia, Campanula, Impatiens and Begonias or the Aucuba, the Vinca minor and the Hydrangeas.
Asparagine, Ferns and Coleus they are leafy plants, of course, but they are very suitable for shaded balconies as long as we don't want to choose the tropical one Mandevilla, Nicotiana and Lobelia, semi-shade lovers.
Terrace sun plants
The entire category, or almost, of aromatic plants it is part of that of sun lovers and there is a lot of variety inside, so we are spoiled for choice. The aromatic element is interesting for our balconies and I recommend not to miss it.
By far, the most resistant is the rosemary, also excellent in the kitchen, and then oregano for our pizzas and thyme for roasts, but let's not forget the ones that keep insects away. If we want a touch of color we can choose flowering plants that like to be in the sun such as the Dipladenia, climbing varieties red, white or pink, or theAgatea, a bush that produces small flowers similar to blue daisies.