Autumn is a season rich in color. Most plants change their otherwise lush green dress into brightly colored foliage. There are many beautiful typical autumn flowers that create a warm and cozy atmosphere on rainy days. So here is our selection of autumn flowers for the balcony, which will delight the eye with their splendor of flowers.
Table of Contents
- Typical autumn flowers for the balcony – zinnias (Zinnia).
- Autumn asters (Aster) are the flowers of the season
- Autumn alpine violets (Cyclamen hederifolium) remind of ivy
- Sunflowers (Helianthus) shines even in cloudy weather
- Typical autumn flowers for the balcony – chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum)
- Heather (Ericaceae) blooms until November
- Typical autumn flowers for the balcony – marigolds (Calendula officinalis)
- Ornamental cabbage – not quite a “flower”, but very attractive in autumn
Typical autumn flowers for the balcony – zinnias (Zinnia).
Zinnias (Zinnia) belong to the aster family (Asteraceae). They are beautiful flowers that are ideal for an urban balcony garden. Their flowers are white, light green, yellow, orange, red and purple. There are many different species of zinnias, but the most common is Zinnia elegans. Zinnias have different arrangements of petals – some have a single row, others have several. They are easy to grow and their flowers last until October or November.
Their height ranges from a dwarfish 15 cm, like the charming ‘Thumbelina’, to a gigantic 90 cm, like the ‘Blooming Dahlia Giants’. In between are the varieties “Oklahoma” and “Magellan.”
Autumn asters (Aster) are the flowers of the season
Whether in classic white, bright red or elegant purple, fall asters are the flowers of the season. Their flowers vary considerably in color, shape and size and, depending on the variety, can bloom into November. With the right varieties, you can have these beautiful flowers blooming almost year-round. They prefer to grow in sunny, nutrient-rich, well-drained locations. Overall, asters are extremely easy to care for. Simply cut them back to a hand’s width above the ground after blooming.
The autumn aster “Schöne von Dietlikon” is just beginning to bloom in blue-purple color in September.
Autumn cyclamen (Cyclamen hederifolium) reminiscent of ivy.
Hardy cyclamen (Cyclamen hederifolium) is a beautiful perennial with delicate, dark green leaves reminiscent of ivy and delicate pink flowers in the fall. These plants do not like high temperatures. Therefore, the balcony is an ideal place for them on frost-free days. For best results, grow Cyclamen hederifolium in humus-rich soil in partial shade. Mulch annually with well-rotted leaves to protect the tubers from drying out in summer and from cold in winter.
Autumn Alpine Violet ‘Album’ blooms in September-October and has a flat, broad habit. The perennial reaches a height of 20 cm.
Sunflowers (Helianthus) shines even in cloudy weather.
Do you already miss the long summer days full of sunshine? You can capture the similarity of summer sun rays in a flower! Sunflower is probably one of the most famous plants. It shines even in cloudy weather. Its bright yellow petals and impressive height of up to 3 meters make the sunflower one of the most impressive autumn flowers. It blooms from June to October and makes its presence felt in any balcony garden. Likewise, you can harvest the delicious sunflower seeds in September. Sunflower seeds taste great in muesli, on bread or as a small snack in between.
Perennial sunflower “Capenoch Star” is a beautiful sight for the eye in early autumn. Its large, magnificent flowers will decorate your balcony with bright yellow.
Typical autumn flowers for the balcony – chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum).
Perennial chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum) are especially colorful in autumn and can rival even the most colorful autumn leaves. Shrub daisy (Argyranthemum frutescens) is especially popular as a balcony plant. But it also brings color to the garden in sunny and warm locations. In order for the chrysanthemums to unfold their full splendor, they must be properly cared for. These beautiful fall flowers need regular watering (about twice a week), a relatively large pot (50 cm apart in all directions) and potassium-rich soil.
Chrysanthemum x hortorum “October splendour” blooms from October to November. Its bright red flowers with yellow centers and fresh fragrance do not go unnoticed.
Heather (Ericaceae) blooms until November
Heather plants are hardy, long-lived flowering shrubs that bloom in winter as well as summer or fall. The various species and cultivars of the evergreen heather produce tiny flowers in various shades of white and pink, some of which are bell-shaped or remain as buds. The broom heather (Calluna vulgaris) blooms from August to November, but the flowers that remain in the bud stage do not wilt, and their splashes of color provide joy even on dull days.
The variety “Bonita” blooms from August and has a beautiful bright red-brown flowers even in winter.
Typical autumn flowers for the balcony – marigolds (Calendula officinalis).
If you have a south-facing balcony, marigolds may become your favorite flower. Their blooming season is long and often extends through the end of fall. They are also popular for their ability to repel aphids. These orange and yellow flowers are not very water intensive, making them ideal for novice gardeners. Just remove any faded flowers.
The most beautiful varieties are ‘Orange Gitana’ with orange flowers and ‘Yellow Gitana’ with yellow petals and a dark center. Both varieties are compact and reach a height of up to 30 cm.
Ornamental cabbage – not quite a “flower”, but very attractive in autumn.
This decorative plant is very easy to grow. It needs a sheltered but sunny location to develop its pretty colors that will beautify your balcony. With upright or spreading foliage, crinkled or smooth, ornamental cabbage can also be planted in garden beds.
Well-known ornamental cabbage varieties include King White (smooth-leaved with white inner leaves), Kind Red (smooth-leaved with red-purple leaves) and Attraction (tough and hardy smooth-leaved cabbage with white leaves).
Autumn flowers for balcony – Great ideas for planting flower boxes and tubs can be found here !
What you need to know about growing potted flowers in the fall.
Fall balcony flowers are a must for seasonal decorating, but before you create your beautiful flower arrangement, you should follow these basic rules:
- Preferably use large, solid containers, as they are more resistant to weather conditions.
- Terracotta pots are very breathable and provide a better environment for typical fall flowers.
- Place your plants against a wall to protect them from wind and drafts.
- If frost threatens, wrap your flower pots with a cloth to keep the soil warm.
- If you have organic compost, you don’t need to fertilize your plants.
- If you already made your flower arrangement in the spring, September is the perfect time to repot it and freshen up the soil.
How can they create a balcony garden in the fall? Here you can find more tips!