Both the balcony and the potted plants contain numerous specimens that can cope very well with intense sunlight or even depend on getting lots of light. Here you will find 21 plants that are suitable for the south-facing balcony.
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Balcony plants for the blazing sun
A considerable part of the balcony plants originally comes from the Mediterranean regions, the tropics or the subtropics. A corresponding origin is always accompanied by a particularly high light requirement. It is best to focus on the selection of Mediterranean plants.
The blue fan flower is a real eye-catcher with its bluish to violet colored and fan-shaped flowers and the wonderfully green foliage that forms a successful contrast. It grows almost 20 centimeters high. Their shoots, which reach a length of about 100 centimetres, take up significantly more space. Basically, the plant is perennial, but it is usually cultivated as an annual.
From June, the elfin spur forms an enchanting sea of white, apricot-colored, pink, red or violet flowers that appear extremely filigree and thrive on upright panicles. The green, heart-shaped leaves are also decorative. The plant initially grows herbaceous or creeping, with increasing height also slightly hanging. Commonly, the elf spur is 20 to 30 centimeters high.
The geranium is characterized by its enormous heat resistance and the above-average flowering period from May to the first frost. Depending on the variety, the flowers are white, pink, red or purple. There are also two-tone versions and specimens with dark stripes or spots. The foliage can also differ: sometimes the plant bears little, sometimes it comes with a lush splendor of leaves. The evergreen geranium is 25 to 40 centimeters high and has hanging shoots that are over 150 centimeters long.
Liver Balsam (Ageratum houstonianium)
Large-growing varieties of common liver balm are ideal for tubs. In contrast, “little people” cut a good figure in the window box. They are best combined with other annual plants. As for the color of the flowers, the hobby gardener can choose between white, light blue, lilac, pink and crimson. The flowering period extends from May to October.
Husarenknopf (Sanvitalia procumbens)
Numerous one to two centimeter small flowers adorn the hussar button. These are colored yellow and provided with a brown-black center. Due to its appearance, the annual plant is also known as a dwarf or miniature sunflower. It flowers from July to November. Fading should be removed regularly. Height and width are 30 to 40 centimeters.
The Cape daisy is also known as Cape daisy due to its visual similarity to daisies. It can’t get enough of the sun. Even in extreme heat, the plant blooms tirelessly on the south-facing balcony. It very quickly develops colorful carpets of flowers in white, yellow, orange, blue, purple or several tones. The growth height is 15 to 50 centimeters.
Like the geranium, the petunia inspires with a particularly rich and colorful bloom that shines from May until the first frost. The different types of the popular plant differ in terms of flower color (white, yellow, violet, purple, blue or multicolored) and in terms of size and habit (small with cushion-like growth vs. large and proliferating).
Verbena is a filigree, elegant plant. It is also known as Verbena. Depending on the variety and conditions, the beauty reaches 15-45 centimeters in height. Annual verbena grows upright or creeping. With its many-flowered umbels, which appear umbrella-shaped to rounded, it attracts attention. In addition, the flowers also beguile the nose, as they exude a slightly spicy scent. This attracts many butterflies. The color spectrum is varied. There is no such thing as yellow.
Magic bells (Calibrachoa)
The magic bell is a (pure) cultivated form – that is, the plant has no natural origin. The sun worshiper knows how to please with its small bell-shaped flowers in the brightest of colors. It is in bloom all summer long. Due to the strong and overhanging growth, the balcony plant resembles the small-flowered hanging petunia.
Potted plants for the blazing sun
One of the biggest advantages of potted plants is their great flexibility: Depending on the season and the individual taste of the hobby gardener, they can always be rearranged. Mediterranean specimens for full sun locations are particularly popular. However, they generally need to be protected from frost. That means: Before you buy, always think about a suitable winter storage option.
Small/low and medium-tall container plants for full sun
The noble violet flowers with brush-like stamens are the highlight of the exotic-looking milkwort, which shines from early spring to autumn – provided it gets the full sun it needs. It is an evergreen but not hardy plant for south-facing balconies, growing as a shrub or semi-stem.
African Lily ( Agapanthus )
Anyone who chooses the African lily can look forward to an easy-care classic. This is not the only reason why the perennial is one of the most popular potted plants; the blue, white or violet inflorescences, each with more than 100 funnel-shaped individual flowers and a truly magical aura, also contribute to its popularity. The only disadvantage: the flowering period only lasts from June to August. But the herbaceous growing African lily is persistent and perennial.
Strauchmargerite (Argyranthemum frutescens)
The shrub daisy is one of the subshrubs. It grows strongly branched and bushy. In addition, the plant can easily be raised as a standard. The most important characteristics are the white ray florets and the yellow tubular florets in the middle. The former can be seen from afar, even at dusk. In addition, the flowers of the container plant smell intense.
Lantana (Lantana camara)
There is a good reason that the Lantana is called what it is called. In fact, the flowers of the plant change color. The special feature among the potted plants blooms from May to October. The tubular flowers change from a rich shade of yellow to a bright orange, for example, and then take on a crimson nuance in autumn. The Lantana is primarily offered as a balcony flower or as a standard and grows as an overhanging shrub. This plant for the south-facing balcony must be wintered frost-free.
Mediterranean pot plants for the blazing sun
In the wild, Mediterranean pot plants inhabit only the sunny and warm parts of the world. Given their origin, it is not surprising that they lack any hardiness. For this reason, they are kept in buckets in this country. Mediterranean plants enhance every balcony and terrace with their rich colors and elegance. They also beguile with their wonderful scent.
Brasilianische Guave (Acca sellowiana)
The Brazilian guava reflects exactly what is associated with Brazil: a lot of exoticism and happiness. With the red and white brush flowers that house edible petals, she wraps everyone around the finger. In addition, the bluish-green fruits fascinate, which sometimes appear elongated, sometimes spherical and smell delicious. Since the Brazilian guava is an evergreen plant, you can enjoy it with all the trimmings all year round. The South American beauty grows as a multi-stemmed shrub that can easily be raised as a half-stem or standard.
Hammerstrauch (Cestrum elegans)
Very few plants can come up with star-like tubular flowers. The hammer bush is one of them. Shades of white, orange or crimson, the flowers, arranged in clusters, are a sight to behold from summertime to autumn. In addition, they smell extremely pleasant. The berry decoration in the autumn season is also one of the advantages of the plant. Commonly, the hammer shrub grows – as the name suggests – like a shrub. Depending on the cut, it grows one and a half to three meters high.
Oleander (Nerium oleander)
The evergreen oleander is characterized by its pink, yellow or white flowers, which are numerous and arranged in cymes. Under optimal conditions – full sun is essential – the plant flowers continuously from June to September. Incidentally, the flowers also come into their own thanks to the contrast to the dark green, leathery leaves.
Roseneibisch (Hibiscus syriacus)
As one of the few potted plants, the rose mallow – better known as hibiscus – can also spend the winter outside. Of course, he needs suitable protection for this. The perennial, herbaceous plant grows as a shrub or as a standard. Up to seven centimeters large, funnel-shaped flowers (single or double) adorn the rose mallow from July to September.
citrus plant (citrus)
There are plenty of citrus plants – from lemon to lime to orange trees, the south-facing balcony can be embellished with various plant highlights. All varieties share fragrant flowers, glossy green foliage, and bright fruits. So they have a lot to offer all year round.
Climbing shrubs bring something wild, voluminous and mysterious to the balcony or terrace. There are also several attractive species for sunny locations. Three are briefly portrayed here.
With its funnel-shaped flowers, the graceful Dipladenia is a real feast for the eyes in the outdoor zone. As a creeping and climbing plant, it needs a suitable climbing aid. However, if desired, it can also be cultivated hanging, in which case the climbing aid must be kept away. The Dipladenia is in full bloom as early as May. Until the first frost, it always presents white, pink, red or yellow flowers. Some of these have different shades.
The magenta (classic variant), white, yellow, orange or red flowers make the triplet a star among flowering pot plants. Due to the gigantic abundance of flowers, the green leaves are almost completely displaced. The noble plant can also be raised as a standard for the south-facing balcony. This requires a consistent cut.
However Jasmin (Jasminum officinale)
It blooms with impressive energy from June to September and is THE classic among the twining jasmine species: the real jasmine, whose pure white splendor is simply inspiring. In addition, the star-shaped and umbel-like flowers exude a unique fragrance. They develop from dark pink colored buds. The deciduous leaves on the thin, fast-growing and climbing shoots of the plant form a dense pile – one of the typical characteristics.