Ornamenting Your House Choosing the Best Plants for Your Balcony and Terrace
Many of us are not fortunate enough to have large gardens, especially if we are living in flats in a city. Nevertheless, this does not mean that we cannot take full advantage of ornamental plants, especially in an outdoor garden. So now the 21st century has begun to look into sustainable gardening, especially in places with limited space, here is a book which is going to tell you all about how you can ornament the house, especially if you have a balcony and a Terrace.
Consider a balcony and a Terrace to be just an extension of your small front garden or your main large back garden. After all, it is open space, which you can cover immediately and utilize instead of letting it go waste. And like I said before, if you are not fortunate enough to have a large open space as an outdoor garden on the ground, we are going to make do with spaces like balconies and terraces in the air.
Along with information on how you can ornament your balconies and terraces, you are also going to get to know more about the plants which you can plant around pergolas, trees, walls and screens. The aim of this book is to give you plenty of information about the best plants to plant in every available space so that your house is a thing of beauty and a joy forever throughout the year.
In broad terms, there are two sorts of balconies, one of which is going to be quite open overhead. The other one is going to be roofed over. Along with these balconies, we have the terraces on the top of the building, or the loggias, which are just extensions of our houses and where we can sit on our rocking chairs enjoying our lemonades on ice at sundown while looking at the assorted variety of creatures moving about in front of our eyes.
These loggias are frequently enclosed by walls on three sides. That means nobody can do any bit of spying on us in the most neighborly fashion from their particular loggias .
The advantage of unroofed balconies is that they stand out from the building and that means that you have plenty of access to open it. The only drawback is going to be in spring and also in the autumn. Such a balcony is going to give the plant even less protection than they would get in the open garden around them.
Planting in Your Balcony Box
The planting up in your balcony boxes have to be arranged in such a manner that a row of tall growing plants stand at the back. Hanging plants are going to be arranged along the front. Each of the hanging plants are going to be opposite a gap in the rear row.
These balcony boxes can be made up of terra-cotta, concrete, earthenware and even wood. Why I would not suggest metal balcony boxes, even though they are getting to be more and more common as plant and containers is because they get really hot, especially in the summer. You may say that that will not affect the plant, because after all, it has the surrounding soil to protect it, but think of this. That soil is being treated to the external heat of the atmosphere, via the heated up metal box. It is going to become dry and friable. You are going to do a little bit more of watering of that plant because you think it is dehydrated. There are two extreme of temperatures going on here – cold water, and hot metal. Do you think your plant is going to flourish under such circumstances?
Best Climbing Rose Varieties
Naturally the best climbing Rose varieties available all over the world are going to depend on your particular locality, and whether the weather permits them to grow in abundance in that area. However, here is a list of all the popular varieties much in demand by gardeners to decorate and ornament their walls, trellises, balconies, and pergolas.
Popular varieties include Paul’s Scarlet Climber, Climbing Orange Triumph and Dortmund.
Climbing Goldilocks, Marechal Niel and Gloire De Dijon.
Fraulein Octavia Hesse, Direktor Benschop, Aschermittwoch.
New Dawn, Gerberrose and Tausendschon.
Climbing roses are best planted in the autumn. They should be covered over for their first winter. Ample soil should be piled around their roots. When the spring approaches, you are going to cut the nutrients hard back, leaving just 6 to 8 buds. This is going to ensure vigorous new shoots. I would not recommend any sort of autumn pruning, because then these newly pruned plants are going to suffer more from cold.
I remember an amusing episode in the classic Three Men in a Boat written by Jerome K Jerome. These three friends were busy hunting for a place to rest by the side of the river Thames. One of them decided that one particular inn was not somewhere he would want to spend the night because there was no honeysuckle or clematis climbing on the walls.
Well, this might seem eccentric but people have got so used to seeing the attractive and glorious clematises climbing over all surfaces that they feel a subconscious feeling of security when they see such a house. This is an old house, it is a happy house, it has a person living in it who likes to grow honeysuckle and clematises over the walls!
This book has given you plenty of information on how you can ornament your balcony, Terrace, and other structures in your garden so that you have a lovely display of flowers and foliage throughout the year. There are plenty of sites on the Internet which can give you information about your local plants, which can also be used for foliage and flowers. These can include the Judas tree, Jasmine, Pendulus – also known as Cotoneaster waterii –, brambles, The Trumpet Flower, and the climbing hydrangea, among others.
Remember that a healthy and well growing creeper covering a steady support is one of the most attractive features of your own particular balcony, garden or terrace. So start growing the creepers of your choice right now and enjoy the beauty of your garden for a lifetime
Live Long and Prosper!