3 Types for growing on the balcony in winter

Planter in winter? That is possible ! It is true that we are more used to this question in spring or summer, but there are plants that adapt very well to growing in a garden box during winter. Here are 3 types of plants that will bring color to your balcony during the winter season.

1) Heathers

There are several varieties of winter heather, and here are two varieties that are suitable for winter planting:

  • “Springwood White” by Eric Carne
  • Erica x Darleyensis Kramer’s Rote

The first is a white heather, low to the ground and 25 cm high. The other has a compact, rounded habit and can reach a height of up to 35 cm. It also produces bright pink flowers.

The advantage of winter heather is that they bloom early, usually from the end of autumn. Blooms remain in place until the end of winter, and small pink or white flowers will bring light to your planter.

You can plant in autumn, but also in spring if you want to prepare them in advance. Do not forget to space each plant 30 cm apart. As for the substrate, it must consist of half heather soil, a quarter of potting soil and a quarter of perlite.

the heath
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2) Corn

Christmas rose is ideal for winter culture. Here are three types that fit well in a garden box:

  • Oriental corn “Double Verte guttatus”
  • Hellébore orientale Slaty Blue
  • Hellebore “Walberton’s Rosemary”

The first has rounded, double flowers. These are green and mottled with purple. Eastern Hellebore Slaty Blue blooms from February. Its original flowers are plum-colored, almost black, with a creamy green heart. However, be careful as it is a poisonous plant: take precautions before handling it. The last reveals pink flowers with a pointed end.

Choose a fresh substrate rich in compost.

hellebore rose de noel
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3) Cyclamen

Cyclamen are the stars of the winter season. Here are two varieties that fit well in a garden box:

  • Cyclamen coum
  • Cyclamen persicum (from Persea)

Cyclamen coum offers pink or white flowers. It is 15 cm tall on average and is particularly resistant. The second cyclamen is not the most resistant, but still survives temperatures down to -5°C. The flowers can be pink, white, red or purple.

The substrate must be well drained, and a shady position is preferred. Keep the soil cool, but watch out for excess water that will freeze the plant.

cyclamen
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