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Designing with flower boxes and balcony boxes

When the Ice Saints are over in May and frost is no longer to be expected, the balcony gardening season begins. Even if the balcony is still so small - the desire to create a cosy corner to relax is great.

In the warm season, a balcony is the ideal retreat, especially for city dwellers, to get some fresh air, enjoy the sun and relax. An all-round beautiful ambience increases the feel-good factor many times over.

Unfortunately, since there is usually only a little space available, the possibilities for gardening and beautifying on balconies are very limited. However, with a little skill and good planning, a green oasis can be created, especially with balcony boxes that can be hung on the balcony parapet to save space

Balcony box with irrigation system

Which is the right flower box or balcony box?

Balcony boxes and window boxes are suitable flower pots for balconies and terraces. Even in the smallest of spaces, planter boxes allow for many design options.

If you want to green a balcony, you should make sure that the balcony boxes attached to the balcony railing are not too large and have only a low dead weight. In addition, the flower boxes should be equipped with water storage.

The ideal material for balcony boxes is light, thin-walled but at the same time robust plastic. It is advisable to purchase a complete set consisting of a planter, plant insert, watering set and matching holder.

At fleur ami you will find complete sets that combine functionality with visually appealing design. The beautifully shaped balcony planters have a textured surface with an attractive wicker look.

Planter boxes for the terrace can be somewhat larger and heavier. Glass fibre-reinforced plastic has proved to be the material of choice for flower boxes. Plant boxes with a concrete look are also very popular. These planters, made of glass-fibre reinforced natural cement, not only look totally cool. They are also weatherproof, robust and relatively light. Take your time and have a look around fleur ami. Here you will find these stylish planters.

Other commonly used materials for flower boxes are wood, polyrattan and stainless steel. There is something for every taste.

Wooden flower boxes have a natural charm. Flower boxes made of polyrattan look tasteful and are also extremely weather-resistant. Planters made of hardy stainless steel look noble and elegant.

Different shapes, colours and sizes

Balcony and flower boxes are usually square, elongated planters. Some flower boxes, which are more suitable for patio areas, are also square.

To ensure that a balcony box does not offer too much of an attack surface even in strong winds, it must not be too high. A height of about 20 cm is ideal.

The length of the balcony box depends primarily on the length of the balcony. It is better to take two longer balcony boxes than four short ones. In order to ensure the growth of the plants, a certain volume of soil and thus a sufficient length is required. A length of approx. 50 cm to 80 cm is ideal. Lushly planted balcony boxes over 80 cm long could become too heavy and come loose from the holder.

Flower boxes are used without a holder and can therefore be somewhat longer and higher. On average, the length of a window box is 100 cm.

However, the length and height ultimately depend on the type of use. A herb planter box on the windowsill in the kitchen may of course not be as long and not as high as a planter box that serves as a patio border.

Since dark planters heat up more easily and allow water to evaporate more, you should prefer light colours, especially for smaller to medium-sized planters.

Grey or white is a popular colour for planters. If the planter box is large, it may also be darker in colour (e.g. anthracite).

Concrete-look flower box

What is the difference between a flower box and a balcony box?

A balcony box is a planter box that can be hung on the balcony railing or balustrade with the help of a holder. There is no more space-saving way to position a sea of flowers on the balcony.

If the holder is missing, it is a flower box. The usually elongated planter box is used, for example, indoors as a window sill flower box and outdoors as a patio border, on steps in the entrance area or even as an eye-catcher on dull walls.

Wie bepflanzt man Balkonkästen richtig?

Let your creativity run free. When planting your flower box on the balcony, pay attention to the height and width of the plants. Deep-rooted plants are not suitable for planting in a balcony box because they take up so much space.

There are no fixed rules about what you should plant in balcony boxes. You can plant flowers in the balcony box, but also fresh herbs. It all depends on whether you have a preference for colourful flowers or whether you prefer more of a miniature garden.

Before buying your plants, consider whether the flowers or herbs you are planting in the window boxes need a sunny position or a shady spot. If in doubt, seek advice on which plants will thrive best on your balcony. This will help you avoid unnecessary and expensive wrong purchases.

Your plants must be content with a minimum of soil. Therefore, make sure you use high-quality soil. A sufficient supply of nutrients should also be ensured. Regular fertilising and a sufficient water supply are the basis for your plants to grow and thrive in the flower box in only limited space.

Before you put your plants in, you should submerge the pot ball in a bucket of water. This ensures that the plants are well supplied with water from the start.

Make sure there is about a hand's width of space between the individual plants. The plants, which are only small at first, will quickly grow larger and otherwise take up space from each other.

Use the space available in the balcony box as economically as possible. Hanging plants - e.g. geraniums or fuchsias - look very pretty at the front or back edge of the planter box. In addition, plants growing upright in the middle of the box look very good.

Drainage for window boxes

Plants do not like waterlogging. Therefore, check whether your planter boxes have drainage holes through which excess water can run off.

Cover the drainage holes, which may have been opened with a pointed knife, with a few pieces of broken clay. Then fill some expanded clay or gravel into the planter box. The layer should be about 3 cm high.

Then cover the expanded clay or gravel layer with fleece. Finally, you can fill the planter box with soil. Your planter box is now perfectly prepared for planting.

Tip: It is easier if you have planters with a water reservoir. Then you don't need an additional drainage layer and can start planting straight away.

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