Planting the North Balcony - Introducing Planting & Care Instructions for the Shadow Balcony


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A horror for every gardener, but still not an insurmountable obstacle: who owns a north or shadow balcony, does not have to give up flowering flowers.

North balconies have to do without sun

Many people have their own garden instead of a balcony, which they usually just like to plant pretty. Decisive for the selection of plants here are the size of the balcony and its orientation. As a rule, most of the balconies have a south, south-west or west orientation. This means that the sun shines here at noon. An even smaller proportion still has a south-east or east orientation (sun in the morning until noon).

Rather rare are pure north-facing balconies, which have to do without direct sunlight. Anyone who owns such a north-facing balcony and is also a passionate gardener is really punished. Because flowers that bloom beautifully on a balcony in the south would be miserable on the north balcony. After all, this is a shade garden, which is why you should only populate it with shadow plants.

Suitable plants for the north balcony

  • Hard-working Lieschen / Edellieschen - undemanding, good growth, available in different colors
  • fuchsia - works particularly well in high humidity
  • hydrangea - Can be kept on a north balcony great as a container plant
  • begonia - Tuber begonias and hanging girdles thrive well in the shade
  • bellflower - Does not like direct sunlight, hanging bluebells suitable for window boxes
  • astilbe - perennial plant, robust, blooms with moist soil over a long period of time
  • boxwood - makes a nice contrast to the flowering plants on the north balcony
  • ferns - perennial plants, look very nice on a balcony

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Care instructions for the shadow balcony

Balcony plants that love the shade are no different from conventional plants. Nevertheless, there is a lot to consider here.

➤ Casting:

Plants planted on a shadow balcony usually require much less water than plants that thrive on a sun balcony. Whether a shadow plant needs water or not, notice the earth. Just put your finger in it. If the earth is moist, you do not need to water yet.

Important:
If you water the plants, then you should take care that no waterlogging arises. On a north-facing balcony, the water does not evaporate so quickly.

➤ pick off withered flowers:

As a rule, it promotes the re-emergence of flowers in some plant species when plucking the withered flowers. Since it already has a little more difficulty for shadow plants to fully develop, you should always pluck the withered flowers and leaves from all balcony plants.

➤ Hibernation:

Almost all balcony plants must always be very well protected during the winter months. Cover your plants best with a garden fleece or jute. You should also place container plants on a polystyrene plate and cover the container with a pimple foil and then with a burlap sack.

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