As the winter solstice approaches and Father Frost pokes us in the nose, the dropping temperatures, shorter days and hustle and bustle of the holidays distract people from their gardens. But just because the season is hibernating doesn’t mean your green thumb should go into a deep slumber. Green thumbs never hibernate. In fact, the time might be perfect to revive your desire for a radiant balcony. We’ve selected some hardy flowers for the balcony that will beautify and refresh your outdoor space this winter.
Table of Contents
- Proper growing conditions for hardy flowers for the balcony
- Holly for a fresh look on the balcony
- Winter heathers are evergreen and easy to care for
- Skimmia japonica for exotic sophistication
- Bellflowers bloom even in cold weather
- Coral bellflowers for color and texture
- Winter pansies survive frosty temperatures
- Camellia adds color to outdoor spaces
- Winter-hardy flowers for the balcony: cyclamen
Proper growing conditions for hardy flowers for the balcony
Choose plastic for your pots and garden boxes, it has the advantage that it does not disintegrate in frost. You can cover the plastic with wooden boxes. Provide a depth of at least 40 cm for small shrubs. Plant very densely (the plants are not yet in the vegetative stage) in a special balcony plant soil mixture. Remember to provide the bottom of the pot with a drainage layer (clay pebbles and garden textiles), because waterlogging and cold are not a good pair.
Also, place a divider between the pots and the soil to protect them from the cold and prevent them from sinking into puddles when it rains. Make sure the boxes are not in the path of drafts, keep them behind windbreaks. Also, keep a few pieces of fleece on hand for winter storage, such as bubble wrap or Styrofoam, which are useful in severe cold. We explain which balcony flowers are hardy below!
Holly plants for a fresh look on the balcony.
Can you think of winter plants without imagining one of the most popular festive plants? Honestly, Christmas isn’t the same without the holly’s iconic red berries, which stand out in wreaths and garlands against its glossy, spiky green leaves. Make your balcony the talk of the neighborhood this winter season by planting a dense evergreen yourself. They can withstand bone-chilling cold and often remain standing into late winter (at least until hungry birds finish them off).
Winter heathers are evergreen and easy to care for
Evergreen, small, low-maintenance, manageable and long-blooming winter heathers are the perfect choice to spice up your balcony this winter. They are completely hardy, bloom regardless of wind or rain, and make excellent container plants. Plant them in a tub or pot on your balcony, relax by the window with a warm drink and watch them return each winter in beautiful shades of white, purple and pink.
Skimmia japonica for exotic sophistication.
Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella’ is glossy-leaved and covered with clusters of long-lasting dark red flower buds that last through the winter until they open to white-pink blooms in spring. And when winter ends, you can bring the potted plants into the garden to continue growing.
Bellflowers bloom even in cold weather
There are not many plants that bloom at the height of winter. But the icy January snow is no problem for hardy bellflowers. This pretty winter gem, with its elegant flowers and evergreen foliage, thrives even in the coldest of seasons and is undoubtedly one of the plants that will beautify your balcony this year.
Coral bells for color and texture
With their colorful foliage, coral bellflowers will soon become one of the plants to add color and texture to your balcony on dark days. They are hardy evergreens, so you can confidently plant them in pretty much any light condition. Still, you’ll probably want to make sure their blooms and beautiful foliage return next year. In that case, give your plants some tender loving care this winter.
Winter pansies survive frosty temperatures
These dainty flowers were bred to survive freezing temperatures. They droop easily in extreme conditions and bounce back when temperatures rise. With their colorful varieties and cheeky “faces,” they are definitely the plants that will refresh your balcony this winter. And if planted and cared for properly, they’ll be back next year, too.
Camellia adds color to your outdoor space
Camellias aren’t particularly hardy, but they’ll do well in a sheltered spot. They bloom in winter and provide a nice splash of color, and the glossy leaves are deep green.
Winter-hardy flowers for the balcony: cyclamen
Cyclamen are winter flowers that have great color. They’re also compact, which means they look great in small pots. You can even put them in hanging pots.