Flowerboxes & balcony boxes
Not everyone has a large garden or outdoor area with plenty of space for planting, but this does not mean that you have to do without a nice greenery. Balcony boxes and smaller flower boxes are ideal - also for small terraces, balconies and other areas with limited space.
You are still unsure which planter box to choose? Read on here...
Design with flower boxes and balcony boxes
When the ice saints are over in May and frost is no longer expected, the season of the balcony gardeners begins. No matter how small the balcony may be - the desire to create a cosy corner for relaxing is great.
In the warm season, a balcony is the ideal retreat, especially for city dwellers, to get fresh air, enjoy the sun and relax. An all-round beautiful ambience increases the feel-good factor many times over.
Since unfortunately there is usually not much space available, the possibilities for gardening and beautifying on balconies are very limited. But especially with balcony boxes that can be hung on the balcony parapet to save space, a green oasis can be created with a little skill and good planning.
Which is the right flower box or balcony box?
Balcony boxes and flower boxes are the suitable flower pots for balcony and terrace. Even on a very small area, plant boxes allow many design possibilities.
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 a low dead weight. The flower boxes should also be equipped with water storage tanks.
The ideal material for balcony boxes is lightweight, thin-walled but robust plastic. We recommend the purchase of a complete set, consisting of a planter, plant insert, irrigation set and matching holder.
At fleur ami you will find complete sets that combine functionality with visually appealing design. The beautifully shaped balcony boxes have a structured surface with an attractive wickerwork look.
Plant boxes for the terrace can be somewhat larger and heavier. Glass fibre reinforced plastic has proven to be a good material for plant boxes. Planters in 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 frequently used materials for flower boxes are wood, polyrattan and stainless steel. There is something to suit every taste.
Wooden flower boxes have a natural charm. Polyrattan flower boxes look tasteful and are also extremely weatherproof. Planters made of hardy stainless steel look noble and elegant.
Different shapes, colours and sizes
Balcony and flower boxes are usually square, oblong planters. Some flower boxes, which are more suitable for the terrace area, are also square.
To ensure that a balcony box does not offer too much surface to attack even in strong winds, it must not be too high. A height of about 20 cm is ideal.
The length of the balcony box primarily depends on the length of the balcony. It is better to use two longer balcony boxes than four short ones. In order to ensure the growth of the plants, a certain volume of soil and therefore a sufficient length is required. A length of approx. 50 cm to 80 cm is ideal. Over 80 cm long, lushly planted balcony boxes could become too heavy and come loose from the holder.
Flower boxes are used without a holder and can therefore be a little longer and higher. The average length of a flower box is 100 cm.
However, the length and height ultimately depend on the type of use. A herb plant box on the window sill in the kitchen must of course not be as long and not as high as a flower box that serves as a terrace border.
As dark planters are easier to heat up and water evaporates more easily, you should prefer light colours, especially for small to medium-sized planters.
Grey or white is often chosen as the colour for flower boxes. If the flower box is large, the planter box may also be darker (e.g. anthracite).
How does a flower box differ from a balcony box?
A balcony box is a planter box that can be hung on the balcony railing or parapet with the help of a bracket. 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 mostly elongated plant box is used for example indoors as a flower box on the window sill and outdoors, as a terrace border, on steps in the entrance area or as an eye-catcher on dreary walls.
How to plant balcony boxes correctly?
Let your creativity run free. When planting from your window box on the balcony, make sure you pay attention to the height and width of the plants. Deep-rooted plants are not suitable for planting in a balcony box because of the large amount of space they take up.
There are no fixed rules as to what you should plant in balcony boxes. You can plant flowers or fresh herbs in the balcony box. It all depends on whether you have a preference for colourful flowers or whether you prefer a miniature kitchen garden.
Before you buy your plants, consider whether the flowers or herbs you are planting in the flower boxes need to stand in the sun or need a shady spot. If in doubt, ask for advice on which plants will thrive best on your balcony. This will help you avoid unnecessary and expensive mistakes.
Your plants must be satisfied with a minimum of soil. Therefore, make sure you use high-quality soil. A sufficient supply of nutrients should also be guaranteed. Regular fertilisation and an adequate water supply are the basis for your plants to grow and thrive in the flower box in limited space.
Before you start using your plants, you should dip the pot ball in a bucket of water. This ensures that the plants are well supplied with water from the start.
Sorgen Sie für etwa eine Handbreit Abstand zwischen den einzelnen Pflanzen. Die anfangs nur kleinen Pflanzen werden nämlich schnell größer und nehmen sich sonst gegenseitig den Platz weg.
Use the space available in the balcony box as economically as possible. Hanging plants - e.g. geranium or fuchsia - look very pretty on the front or back edge of the planter box. In addition, plants growing upright in the middle of the box look very nice.
Drainage for flower boxes
Plants do not like stagnant moisture. Therefore, check whether your planter boxes have drainage holes through which excess water can run off.
Cover the trigger holes, which may have been opened later with a sharp knife, with some clay fragments first. 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 pebble layer with fleece. Finally, you can fill soil into the planter box. Your planter box is now well prepared for planting.
Tip: It is easier if you have flower boxes with water storage. Then you do not need an extra drainage layer and can start planting right away.
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