Growing a planter on your balcony is often thought of in spring and summer. But winter also brings its share of flowers and colors!
Discover our selection of winter flowers for planters!
Read also :
- List of 10 winter flowers for the garden
- Heather, colors in the heart of winter
Heather in bloom all winter
Winter heather begins to bloom in late fall and continues until late winter. Thus, this sub-shrub offers white or pink flowers for several months! It has erect branches populated with flowers in the shape of small bells. The flowers cover most of the plant, which is a nice splash of color.
Here are two low varieties ideal for planters.
- Erica carnea ‘Springwood White’: white heather measuring 25cm high at the port rather ground cover.
- Erica x darleyensis Kramer’s Rote: compact cultivar with a rounded habit of 35cm high, covered with a bright pink bloom.
You can plant heather in a planter in autumn or spring, excluding periods of frost. Do not hesitate to install several varieties to fill the planter, leave 30cm between each plant. Soak the clods in a basin of water before planting, so that they are well hydrated. Prepare a draining substrate with a bed of clay balls and a mixture of half heather soil, a quarter of potting soil or garden soil and a quarter of perlite.
Cyclamen, small colorful touches
Some cyclamen have the advantage of blooming in the dead of winter. They form a rosette of oval leaves, dark green, plain or marbled with white. From this foliage emerge erect green or purple stems. The solitary flowers are composed of 5 white or pink petals, rounded and curved. Here is a selection of cyclamen that bloom in winter.
- Cyclamen coum: pink or white flowers and purple stems. Reaches 15cm high and resists up to -20 ° C.
- Cyclamen persicum (from Persia): depending on the cultivar, the flowers are pink, white, red or purple. The plant reaches 15cm to 30cm and resists only down to -5 ° C.
Cyclamen appreciate a well-drained substrate and shade or partial shade exposure. Place them in a planter filled with light potting soil over a layer of drainage. Slide the tuber 1cm deep, top up, between July and October. Water regularly to keep the soil cool but not soggy in winter. Remember to add a little liquid fertilizer when watering throughout the flowering period. From spring to summer, gradually stop watering.
Hellebores, pretty cut flowers
The Christmas rose is aptly named since it blooms from December and until March-April depending on the variety. These flowers brave the cold to offer us their pretty colors in the heart of winter. A tuft of evergreen leaves emerge from the stems topped with solitary 5-tepal cup flowers and long stamens. The colors are different depending on the variety and are sometimes original: green, black, pink, white ... The tepals sometimes have darker edges and veins as well as small spots in the heart.
All hellebores bloom in winter, here is a selection of original cultivars.
- Oriental hellebore ‘Double Verte guttatus’: from February to April, its double rounded almond green flowers are speckled with purple at the base of the tepals.
- Eastern Hellebore Slaty Blue: from February to April, this variety is distinguished by the almost black plum of its downward-facing cup flowers. Its green and cream heart contrasts well with the tepals. Be careful, it is toxic!
- Hellebore ‘Walberton’s Rosemary’: from November to April, this hellebore offers open pink flowers with pointed tepal tips.
Hellebores love cool, deep and rich soils. Place them in a mixture of potting soil and compost and in a large container. The planter should be installed in the shade or part shade as these flowers dread full sun. Remember to add compost twice a year and keep the soil cool.