Planting balcony boxes all year round - tips for skillful permanent planting

Planting balcony boxes all year round - tips for skillful permanent planting

Planting suggestion for the south balcony - ideas for permanent planting

With a balanced combination of seasonal flowering plants and evergreen shrubs, your flower box (€ 13.18 on Amazon *) has something to offer on the sunny balcony from spring to winter. The following planting suggestion relates to the year-round planting of a 100 cm long balcony box:

  • Flower bulbs: snowdrops (Galanthus), crocuses (Crocus) and grape hyacinths (Muscari)
  • Herbs: sage (Salvia), oregano (Origanum), lavender (Lavendula) or creeping mountain savory (Satureja montana)
  • Perennials: Spanish daisy (Erigeron karvinskianus), cranesbill (Geranium) and perennial flax (Linum perenne)
  • Grasses: bow love grass (Eragrostis trichodes), crested sedge (Carex comans) or broccade sedge (Carex dolichostachya)

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Arrange the plants so that upright perennials alternate with low and cushion-shaped plants. In this way you create an exciting, varied appearance.

Planting suggestion for a shady balcony - smell pleasure instead of flowers

For a flower box on the north side, perennials come into focus, replacing missing flowers with a seductive scent and pretty leaves. The following plants are suitable for this variant of a permanent planting:

  • Fragrant cushion perennials: Pennywort (Lysimachia nummularia), gold droplets (Chiastophyllum oppositifolium)
  • Perennials: fragrant violet (Viola odorata), lark spur (Corydalis elata), daylily (Hemerocallis minor), forest phlox (Phlox divaricata)
  • Grasses and ferns: Japanese sedge (Carex morrowii), striped fern (Asplenium trichomanes), dwarf peacock fern (Adiantum patum)
  • Decorative foliage plants: Blue Mini-Funkie (Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'), Small Gold-Funkie (Hosta 'Goldene Woge')

There is nothing wrong with planting several window boxes (€ 106.25 at Amazon *) according to the same pattern. Rhythm and repetition are central criteria for creative permanent planting if a harmonious overall impression is to be created. If you position cushion-forming perennials on the visible side, they develop into elegant, hanging carpets.


A permanent planting in a flower box only fulfills the high expectations if the growing medium is structurally stable. So leave cheap earth from the discounter. If the plants can stretch their roots in a high-quality potting soil, they will remain vital and healthy all year round. So fill balcony boxes with a peat-free substrate, enriched with Perlite respiratory flakes or lava granules. (€ 10.95 at Amazon *)