From September, the balcony box shines in autumn colors. Orange, yellow and red, but also purple and pink give the autumnal arrangement that certain something. We explain how to effectively combine the various plants and plant a balcony box autumn.
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Autumn planting in the balcony box: The basic rules
When planting in autumn, you should pay attention to a few things. We list the basic rules that you should follow when designing the balcony boxes.
1. choose plants that have similar requirements for soil. The location does not play such a big role in autumn. The sun is no longer so strong, and most autumn plants can thrive in both full sun and partial shade.
2. Buy young plants with flower buds. The fall season is full of surprises. So you never have guarantee how long the weather will stay warm. In this case, it is better to invest in young plants, because they are usually close to flowering. Buy plants with flower buds and not with open flowers. The flower buds will open after planting and the flowers will decorate the balcony box longer.
3. plants whose leaves are drooping or discolored, usually suffer from transport stress or have.
4.A successful arrangement for the autumn flower box composes of foliage ornamental perennials, one or more autumn flowers, one or more useful plants. Choose varieties that have a maximum growth height of 80 cm. Ornamental grasses have no place in the balcony box – most species grow too tall.
5. Choose flowers and perennials that harmonize with each other in color. Choose flowers in the main color – for example, orange, yellow or purple, and combine them with other plants. Crop plants such as beet pick up on the main color, while groundcovers such as millbeckia add richness to the arrangement. Ornamental peppers accent the arrangement with their delicate pods.
Experiment with shapes and heights: The more varied the flower box design, the better! Experiment with colors and shapes and add variety to the balcony box!
Fall planting for balcony boxes: which useful plants?
Ornamental cabbage: most varieties are hardy. While ornamental cabbage is an edible plant, it has a milder flavor compared to other cabbage varieties. Ornamental cabbage is a perfect accent in the balcony box.
Lamb’s lettuce: Lamb’s lettuce cannot thrive a permafrost, but the plants grow quickly in the fall and taste delicious.
Herbs: Herbs like thyme and parsley are hardy. But chives, sage and even rosemary will also thrive in a wind-protected sunny spot on the balcony.
Chard: Chard is a healthy crop, popular for its high iron content and fresh taste. It also has high ornamental value in the balcony box.
Beet: Beetroot does not tolerate permafrost and needs winter protection. In autumn, around the end of October, it feels at home in the balcony box and brings splashes of color to the arrangement with its green leaves with red veins.
Ornamental bell pepper: The ornamental bell pepper will keep its fruit until the permafrost sets in. The plant is not hardy in the balcony box, so you will need to transplant it in late fall and move it to winter quarters. Otherwise, the plant will die.
Planting flower box in autumn: An overview of the ornamental plants
Student flowers: the student flower is not only very beautiful, but also gives off a fragrance that keeps pests away from the useful plants in the box.
Autumn crocus: Autumn crocus decorates the balcony box in September and October . The flower is planted in groups and can set accents next to foliage ornamental perennials or useful plants.
Autumn daisy: It is a charming gap filler in the balcony box. It’s best to group them together to show off the flowers better.
Autumn anemones: Autumn anemones are among the most beautiful fall flowers. Also in the balcony box, the blooming flowers provide for blooming splendor.
Bearded flower: The bearded flower is not only an eye-catcher in the balcony box, it provides food for pollinating insects in the fall.
Small-flowered purple bellflower: In fall, this foliage-decorating perennial feels at home in both full sun and partial shade.
Millbeckia (Black-fruited Wire Bush): The hardy millbeckia is native to Australia. In this country, the perennial is used primarily as a lawn substitute. But it also looks great in containers and window boxes.
Coral shrub – not hardy, but can decorate the balcony box in September and October, before the permafrost sets in.
Autumn planting for the window box: possible arrangements.
The already listed ornamental and useful plants can be combined with each other at will. Here are some examples of successful arrangements that will add a touch of autumn to the balcony box.
1. palm kale, chrysanthemums, red cabbage and black-fruited wire bush.
2. chard and purple lily.
3. common coneflower, ivy, kale and lamb’s lettuce.
4. ornamental peppers, collard greens, canola, chard, honeydew sage and pennywort.
5. variegated nettle, fuchsia, busy lily and triangular lucky clover.
Planting balcony box in autumn: Useful tips
You have already chosen the plants for your autumn balcony box, now you need to plant them. To do this, proceed as follows:
- Not every balcony box is suitable for autumn planting. Clay and metal are not very suitable for autumn, it is best to use a plastic or wooden flower box.
- Good drainage is very important: so make sure that the balcony box has holes for excess watering.
- Adjust the amount of fertilizer. Fall flowers and plants do not need fertilizer to grow and bloom quickly and lushly.
- If you planted the balcony box in the summer, replace the potting soil in the fall before planting.