8 Winter Flowers For Balcony
The cold season is drawing near and once settled in all the colorful spots in the garden vanish, making room to a depressing gray which is once in a while broken up by the white of an ever rarely falling snow. But since nature dies hard, it always finds a way crawl into any corner where it comes back to life in small pockets of green, sometimes with a little human help. And, to soundly exemplify these words, here are a few winter flowers for balcony, those fragile emissaries of nature which refuse to surrender to cold.
The first option is bergenia, a perennial herbaceous plant, with large glossy leaves and flowers whose colors range from white, pink to violet. The flowers are small, grouped in clusters at the top of the stem, making them a presence full of vitality on those cold winter days. The flower is said to resists a wide spectrum of temperatures, from frost to heat.
Calendula is also a resistant plant, used in the garden, along zinnia, to attract predators that kill pests such as tomato hornworms and aphids. They’re also great as cut flowers because their flowers last a long time. Calendulas look like ruffled daisies and provide a punch of color, ranging from yellow, orange and bronzy orange – from late fall through spring in mild-winter climates.
Hellebore, popularly known as winter rose or Christmas rose, is a plant tempered to face many enemies, among which very low temperatures, hence its popular name. It is a plant that grows in Romania at an over 500 meters altitude and has many healing properties, being used, for instance, in treating dormant forms of cancer. These resistant flowers burst into bloom early spring, and even earlier, while winter is still roaming around.
Helenium or Helen’s flower is another daisy looking flower which usually blooms early September. It is a cold resistant plant (3-5 Celsius) so it makes a fine choice for adorning balconies over winter.
You can also count on Christmas box aka Sarcococca confusa, is a bush looking plant, an evergreen with tiny, creamy white flowers in winter, followed by shiny black berries. Its perfume is incredibly sweet and helps freshen up indoor spaces even if cold.
Dwarf iris, winter anemone and amaryllis are other options you can turn to in order to freshen up the balcony over the cold season.
Sources: Lifeonthebalcony.com, Balconycontainergardening.com, Planthalia.ro