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Balcony Greening

You can use climbing plants to make a balcony bloom to life! To create a privacy screen with dense and abundant foliage, it is ideal to plant in the garden/earth just below the balcony rather than in a pot or container and then guide the trunk to the balcony with a support. If the roots have enough space to grow, it is even possible to reach reach several balconies (several floors) with a single plant. To green a balcony, plants are often cultivated in pots, so they require special care. One or more stretched steel cables can be the perfect support for helping the plants to climb. See photos.

E. A. Fischer-Coerlin: "Auf dem Balkon", ca. 1920

In-Soil Planting - for one level above ground (balcony)

Naturally, it takes longer if 'balcony plants' are planted in the ground and only then grow up to the balcony. Nevertheless, it is worth the time and effort, because a balcony plant rooted in the earth is correspondingly far superior to any potted (tub/container) plant in terms of vigour and leaf mass. Balcony balustrades and railings can become completely greened- a thick, lush privacy 'screen' created from nature. Watch as the balcony becomes a green arbour...

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

In-Soil Planting for Several Stories

In the case of particularly hearty and vigorous 'climbers,' one specimen can often green several 'stories'/floors of a building. Tenants or owners can then individually cut and shape the green on their respective floor. Once established, such greenings are stable over many years or decades and form the desired lush foliage annually. If the soil is rather dry or there is a lack of water for whatever reason, avoid choosing plants that will lignify and no longer develop foliage on the lower part of the trunk over time (like honeysuckle); otherwise, the lower balconies will have nothing of the greenery. Within a normal climate, strong climbing plants (like wisteria) may require multiple summer trimmings per season.

Thicket creeper, ground planting
A green balcony with wild climbing vine (thicket creeper)

Potted Plants

Climbing plants on the balcony also grow well in pots. Balcony annuals (continuous bloomers), like Mandevilla, are ideal, because they need only small pots and no winter protection.  For more detailed information, see potted plants. Classic flower (window) boxes can also be a great addition.

Hops as a balcony plant is drawn directly onto the railing or on vertical cable according to the system in 1020.
Balcony greening with hops
Honeysuckle in pot led onto wire rope, per our system 2010
Balcony plant: honeysuckle

Climbing Plant Support-Systems on Balconies

Existing railings, columns, and pillars are often themselves already fit to serve as the climbing support for plants. To supplement, wire ropes can be laid vertically or horizontally for the plants. Usually, easy and medium FassadenGrün construction kits are sufficient; for potted plants, also light kits. Sometimes an exterior attachment to the galvanised railing bars is needed, as "drilling" is gernally not advised or possible. The wire ropes can rather be attached to the metal posts via special rubber bandage/belts (photo below). The simplest bamboo trellises, on the other hand, can be installed directly into pots/containers.

Guided from the ground 5 m high, grapevine on three horizontal wires, fastened with rubber belts on steel posts.
Balcony greening with grapevine
Balcony landscaping with potted plants using wire system 5040; rubber ropes on insulated walls of a house
Balcony greening on insulation
Bamboo sticks with metal clips can create trellises on the balcony.
Bamboo clips for espaliers
Trellis ladder consisting of two vertical ropes and horizontally-inserted climbing bars, as per the wire rope system 5050
Plant climbing system: balcony
Akebia 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.
Balcony greening with Akebia
Balcony with wisteria
Balcony with wisteria