Balcony Greening

With balcony greening, climbers often play a role. For particularly sumptuous greening, climbers as a visual cover for privacy are suitable plants which grow from down below upwards. If at all possible, it is preferable to plant in the ground and "lead" the plant upwards to the balcony. Thus, individual balconies, or even several balconies can be greened above each other. Often climbing balcony plants are also cultivated in tubs, and require special attention. In the greening of balconies and terraces, growing systems (trellis or cable systems) can be the perfect solution, such as the following pictures show.

Balcony with wisteria

In-Ground Planting - for one floor

Naturally it takes longer if 'balcony plants' are planted in the ground and then grow up to the balcony. However the expenditure is worthwhile because a balcony plant rooted in the ground is usually far superior to any potted plant. Stature, strength, and leaf mass is improved by ground planting. Balcony balustrades can become completely greened, a sumptuous privacy cover manufactured from nature. Watch as the balcony becomes a green arbour. 

Greening of balcony handrail in Schwerin / Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania
Thicket Creeper, ground planting
Greening of balcony in Bad Schandau / Saxony
Thicket Creeper, ground planting
Balcony with plants in Chemnitz / Saxony
Two Clematis Montanas as hearty balcony plants

In Ground Planting for Several Building's Floors

Hearty climbing plants, 'climbers,' can often green several floors. Then tenants or owners can cut and trim for their floor and form each greening individually. Such a greening has built up stablility for many years or decades, and annually forms the desired luxuriant leafy blossoms. However, with parched earth or in a dry zone it isn't possible to plant climbers in the ground (i.e. Honeysuckle), and the lower  balconies won't be greened. Strong growing plants like Wisteria in turn can have multiple summer trimmings in a normal climate.

A green balcony due to Thicket Creeper
Thicket Creeper, ground planting

Potted Plants

Climbing plants on the balcony also grow well in pots. Balcony annuals are ideal, because they need only small pots and no winter protection. For more detailed information, see potted plants. Classic flower boxes can also be an asset.

Balcony plant: Honeysuckle
Honeysuckle in the bucket onto wire according to System 2010
Balcony planting with annuals
Brown-Eyed Susan (Annual)

Climbing plant support systems on balconies

Climbing assistance can be had with existing railings, supports etc. used directly as the climbing assistance. Supplementing assistance with wires perpendicularly or horizontally for the plants is also easy to do. Usually easy, light and medium FassadenGrün kits are applicable. Sometimes an exterior attachment to the galvanized railing bars is needed because rails must or can not be 'drilled'. Then the ropes are fastened by means of special rubber bandage/belts (photo below) to the metal post. Simple bamboo trellises in turn can be installed directly into a bucket.

Bamboo clips for espaliers
Bamboo sticks with metal clips can create trellises on the balcony.
Plant support system balcony
Spalierleiter aus zwei Senkrechtseilen und quer eingesetzten Rankstäben gemäß Seilsystem 5050
Balcony greening with Akebia
Akebie in bucket similar to system 7010 with 2 wires, these are attached to the railing and held by means of pierced, horizontal 'shoring' at a distance.