It is not rocket science to prove that humans find peace near greenery. In this era of modernization, it is hard to both greenery and peace! Sure, every society has gardens or playground but you can’t really rely on them for greenery and peace as it is crowded and filled with filth. However, there is one good thing related to these housing systems you get your own balcony- your personal space where you can build your bit of heaven which have both greenery and peace. And when you sit there and sip your coffee while working and the fragrance of nature fills your nostrils- that feeling is inexpensive.
The best thing about having your own balcony is that you get to decorate it on your own, you can decide what you want to grow and personalize it according to your taste. You just need to consider what conditions your balcony offers and then choose the plants accordingly. Growing plants requires efforts and care, it is like your commitment to your plants. But don’t get scared as today we are going to discuss 5 easy to grow Flowering Plants that are perfect for your balcony garden.
Creeping Roses: No balcony is complete without these enchanting creeping roses- the best choice amongst the Flowering Plants. They provide a vibrant landscape. They can grow alongside your balcony or on any support you provide them for their growth. Rich in aesthetics, creeping roses are the advent of modern beautiful houses. They are also available in multiple colors and thus can be grown according to the preferred color by the owner. Climbing roses can provide a brilliantly colored, fragrant garden backdrop and repeat bloomers can set the scene all summer long, with some varieties blooming until late fall.
When choosing the perfect variety for your garden be sure to consider the mature size of the plant, as some can climb 12 to 14 feet tall and spread up to 10 feet wide. Bareroot planting should be done in late winter or early spring, allowing the roots enough time to establish before hot summer weather. Climbing roses will grow and bloom best in a location with full sun, although they will tolerate light shade. Most varieties will require the support of a structure like fence, wall etc. if the goal is to get the climbing rose to cover a wall, it is recommended to use a trellis placed a few inches away from the wall to allow good air circulation. Climbing roses prefer slightly acidic, well-drained soils.
How to plant: Dig your plant hole wide and deep enough to accommodate the plant’s roots when spread out. Loosen the soil at the bottom of the hole to allow the roots to easily grow deeper. Center the plant in the hole with the branches pointing slightly toward the climbing structure. The grafting union should be just below the soil level. Fill in the hole and lightly pack the soil. Water well after planting. They prefer consistent, regular watering.
Lavender:Sunny climate like India favors the growth of this plant. The flowers with fragrance and color are used extensively in preparing beauty treatment options. It repels insects and is ideal for growing it in the balcony. You can propagate the Lavender plants through seeds and seedlings, both. Although growing them from seedlings is a better choice as it helps you maintain the quality of the plant in case of large-scale cultivation. The soil for growing these plans need to be well-drained and rich in calcium carbonate content. You can add some gravel in the soil to make sure it has good drainage. Water your plants with a little amount as the plants can survive drought conditions. Besides, overwatering can restrict plant growth or even kill it. As for the fertilizers, provide your plants with cow dung manure at least twice or thrice a year. Pruning the plants will bring new blossoms in the plant, but remember not to over prune the tips as that where the plant flowers.
Marigold:No annual is more cheerful or easier to grow than the marigold. These flowers give a wealth of gold, copper and brass into our summer and autumn seasons. The flower’s popularity probably derives in part from its ability to bloom brightly all summer long. Marigold thrive in full sunshine and can often withstand very hot summers. If planted in shade and cool, moist areas, they are prone to powdery mildew and won’t bloom well. Though they grow in almost any soil, marigolds do best in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Prepare the soil by digging down about 6 inches to loosen it. Remove stones. Sow seeds directly into the garden once the soil in warm in the spring. Marigolds sprout within days in warm weather and plants bloom in about 8 weeks. When you water marigolds, allow the soil to dry somewhat between watering, then water well and repeat the process. Water more in high hear. Do not water marigolds from overhead. Water at the base of the plant as excess water on the leaves can lead to fungus diseases. Do not fertilize marigolds during growth. A diet that’s too nitrogen-rich stimulates lush foliage at the expense of the flowers.
Begonias: This plant has beautiful flowers and can grow in small pots. It needs good soil and proper care. With the beautiful flowers, the balcony garden can will look colorful and lively. Grown for their asymmetrical, pattern and variegated foliage and others to add color to the shady garden areas with their bright blooms. Probably the quickest way to kill a begonia is too much water. Let them dry out slightly between watering. If they are kept cool you may notice that they can tolerate a longer time without water. Give them a boost of humidity by setting the pots in a pebble tray. Potted begonias prefer to be slightly root-bound rather than given too much room. Only repot when necessary, and preferably in spring before plants are moved outside and start actively growing.
Pansy: Pansy is one of the best balcony garden plants you can grow in a small pot or you can grow it in a small wooden box to add more to the aesthetics of the house. Pansy comes with a unique fragrance and multiple colors. Breeding has produced pansies that are better able to stand up in the cold, but they are not very heat tolerant. Pansies will bloom best in full sun to partial shade, but they will stay fresh looking and keep blooming longer if grown in partial shade. Although, Pansies doesn’t require much dos and don’ts but yet they grow best in loose, rich soil with slightly acidic pH. Regular watering will help them hang on a bit longer, but don’t expect your pansies to last all season.
These are some suggestions of variety of plants that can bring color to your balcony garden.