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Balcony Greening

Climbing plants often play a role in balcony greening. Plants that grow from below are suitable for particularly lush greening, e.g. as privacy screens. If at all possible, such a ground planting is preferable and the main stem (trunk) is to be led upward to the balcony. Thus, individual balconies, and even several balconies, can be greened at once. Climbing balcony plants are often cultivated in pots/tubs, and require special attention. In the greening of balconies and terraces, climbing systems (trellis or cable systems) can be the perfect solution, as the following pictures show.

Balcony with wisteria

In-Soil Planting - for 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 ground is correspondingly far superior to any potted (tub/bucket) plant in terms of vigor 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' (climbing plants), 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, no plants should be chosen that bare the lower part (e.g. honeysuckle leaves); 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)
Pergolas/Arcades with big kiwi
Pergolas with Actinidia Chinensis in Leipzig / Saxony

Potted Plants

Climbing plants on the balcony also grow well in pots. Balcony annuals (especially continuous bloomers) 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 a great addition.

hops as a balcony plant is drawn directly in the railing or on vertical wire according to the system in 1020.
Balcony greening with hops
honeysuckle in the bucket onto wire according to System 2010
Balcony plant: honeysuckle

Climbing Plant Support-Systems on Balconies

Existing railings, supports, etc.. can often be used directly as a climbing aid. To supplement, wire ropes are 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 galvanized railing bars is needed when "drilling" is not advised or possible. Then the ropes are fastened to the metal posts via special rubber bandage/belts (photo below). The simplest bamboo trellises, on the other hand, can be installed directly into a pots/tubs.

5 m out from the ground 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 50505050
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