Plant box hardy - these plants are suitable


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Whitberry - Gaultheria procumbens

The nimbus, as one of the most beautiful plants for the wintry flower box, is not due to the pink-white flowers in late summer. Only when the red berries appear between the evergreen, glossy leaves dress, the decorative value of the winter hardy ornamental shrub is evident. During the winter, the leaves take on a bronze-red hue, which blends beautifully with the fruit decoration.
  • Flowering period: July to August
  • Growth height: 10 to 20 cm
  • Hardiness: up to - 24.5 degrees Celsius

Winter heather (Erica carnea 'Whiskey')

Representing the multi-faceted genus of heather we have included the equally colorful and winter hardy variety 'Whiskey' in this selection. If other perennials hibernate, the winter heather with needle-shaped leaves in orange to bronze yellow inspires. As the cold season draws to a close, the little wood trumps up with a furious season finale and lets his ruby-red blossoms shine.
  • Flowering period: February to April
  • Growth height: 15 to 20 cm
  • Hardiness: up to - 28.5 degrees Celsius

Purple bells (Heuchera hybrid 'Plum pudding')

Purple bell - Heuchera

Modern breeding successes, such as 'Plum Pudding', it is thanks to the fact that purple bells make useful as magnificent leaf ornamental plants in winter wintry box. The plum-colored, silvery-shimmering leaves are beautifully drawn and impressively far-reaching. Gone are the days when Heuchera species surrendered to bald frost in the winter. Today, the colorful perennials thrill with an impeccable leaves dress into the spring. The best conditions for staying power is a permeable, humus-rich substrate that is optimized with sand.
  • Flowering period: June to August
  • Growth height: 20 to 30 cm
  • Hardiness: - 23.4 to - 28.8 degrees Celsius

Cushion purple bells (Heucherella hybrid 'Quicksilver')

With its big sister 'Plum Pudding', the petite cushion purple bell makes a congenial partnership when the two types are combined in the flower box. The metallic-looking foliage is permeated by reddish leaf veins, so that a noble play of colors on the balcony attracts the eye. As a hybrid of the new generation 'Quicksilver' is equipped with all the positive features that guarantee an undamaged winter time.
  • Flowering period: May to July
  • Growth height: 10 to 20 cm
  • Hardiness: - 23.4 to - 28.8 degrees Celsius

Rolling Spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites)

Are you looking for winter hardy plants that are suitable for the flower box in full sun? Then pay attention to this Rolling Spurge. The tongue-shaped, blue-green leaflets gather on cylindrical shoots. As a steppe plant, the milkweed does not get so fast under drought stress even in wintry frost. For a sip of water from time to time, the succulent plant is still grateful.
  • Flowering period: May to June
  • Growth height: 15 to 25 cm
  • Hardiness: - 17.8 to - 23.3 degrees Celsius
Tip: So that the potting soil does not completely freeze in winter, a flower box should not be too small. Recommended dimensions are 100x45x40 or 90x40x35 cm. A drainage of expanded clay on the bottom of the box prevents waterlogging by allowing rainwater to drain well.

Redmoss stonecrop (Sedum album 'Coral Carpet')

If tightly upright winter perennials lie in the flower box at the feet of a multicolored foliage carpet, this design variant will greatly enhance the jewelry value. With its coral leaves, the Rotmoos stonecrop also likes to take the lead role in the balcony box to form decorative hanging upholstery. If preference is given to other plants in spring and summer, the frugal sedum species has no objection to transplanting it to the bed or burial ground.
  • Flowering time: May and June
  • Growth height: 5 to 15 cm
  • Hardiness: - 17.8 to - 23.3 degrees Celsius

Veined Arum (Arum italicum ssp. Italicum 'Pictum')

A sublime representative of winter-hardy jewelry for the flower box drives its leaves until autumn. The dark green, silvery-lined leaves join in the course of the cold season, red, extravagant fruit stands. The fruit decoration has evolved from a white calla-like flower that appears in spring. Since these are poisonous, the veined arum is not suitable for the balcony in the family household.
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Growth height: 20 to 35 cm
  • Hardiness: - 17.8 to - 23.3 degrees Celsius

White nettle (Lamium maculatum 'White Nancy')

In order for the creative design plan in the natural garden on the balcony to continue seamlessly during the winter, the white deadnettle is a good choice. Completely hardy and wintergreen, the quaint perennial is not squeamish.Their serrated, silvery-white variegated leaves retain their charming color contrast even in partially shaded areas.
  • Flowering time: May and June
  • Growth height: 15 to 20 cm
  • Hardiness: - 28.9 to - 34.4 degrees Celsius

Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster dammeri 'Coral Beauty')

cotoneaster

Leaving their creeping growth in the planter free hand, the midget medlar develops cascades of evergreen leaves and red berry fruits that dangle elegantly over the edge of the box. Thanks to its robust constitution and reliable winter hardiness, the ornamental wood is a permanent guest in the balcony box, which can be combined with seasonal flowers and perennials in every season.
  • Flowering period: May to June
  • Growth length: 40 to 60 cm
  • Hardiness: up to - 24.5 degrees Celsius
Tip: Frosty wind can cause frost damage to balcony plants, regardless of their hardy hardiness. A windproof jacket made of dimpled foil effectively prevents this deficiency. Under colorful ribbons, wood stickers and straw flowers, the foil becomes invisible.

Delicate grasses with winter attractive silhouette

Winter-green ornamental grasses with a compact habit perform far more than just an extra role on the balcony. Associated with shrubs and small shrubs, a large floral box creates a picture of floral opulence, as we otherwise know from spring and summer time.

Japan Gold Sedge (Carex oshimensis 'Evergold')

The filigree, golden yellow drawn Japanese gold sedge enlivens the dreary balcony with its colorful vibrancy. Since the ornamental grass remains at a height of 30 cm and is very hardy, it is perfect for the winter flower box. When the neat stalks gradually retire in early spring, a gossamer spike of blossom graces the Asian sweetgrass. Incidentally, the long, striped stalks are ideal for cutting to give bouquets a special charm in winter.
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Growth height: 20 to 30 cm
  • Hardiness: - 23.4 to - 28.8 degrees Celsius

Dwarf Bluewing (Festuca Cinerea hybrid 'Dwarf King')

Frost-resistant dwarf grasses are on the balcony in the winter boom, because they do a great job with their decorative grass. The blue-gray dwarf king from the family Blauschwingel bears his name rightly, because he is unsurpassed in color brilliance. The sunnier the location, the more intense its frosty stalks shine. As the ornamental grass prefers a dry, sandy substrate, it colonizes as a solitary respectively in the group the balcony box or is combined with the equally frugal Rotmoos stonecrop.
  • Flowering period: June to July
  • Growth height: 10 to 15 cm
  • Hardiness: - 23.4 to - 28.8 degrees Celsius
Tip: Plant the bulbs of snowdrops, crocuses and march breakers in the flower box between the hardy ornamental grasses when planting. From January / February, pretty flowers will join the graceful stalks to greet the approaching spring.
Conclusion
Imaginative gardeners do not reveal the balcony to the winter tribulation. As this selection of hardy plants for the flower box shows, there is a wide range of evergreen, wintergreen and even flowering species and varieties available. From the royal Christmas rose over ornamental shrubs with red berries to the pristine, white-variegated nettle, the offer of ideal companions extends through the cold season. The indestructible plant community is rounded off by small ornamental grasses, which provide delightful contrasts with blue-green or nicely striped stalks.

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