Hanging Plants for a Balcony

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Hanging Plants for a Balcony
Fuchsia make a colourful statement when hanging on a balcony. (fuchsia image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)

Balconies are nice places to hang plants when you want some colour. The type of plants used will depend on whether the balcony has sun or how many hours the balcony receives sun. There are plants for shade, sun and partial shade, and plants for hanging baskets that will attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

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Sun-Loving Plants

Ivy geranium plants make nice hanging baskets on a balcony. The trailing ivy has colourful flowers that appear at the ends of the stems. The ivy geranium is not a true geranium, it is a sun-loving plant unlike its geranium namesake. Other plants for hanging in baskets in sun include the wave petunia, trailing strawflowers or scaveola, which have blue flowers.

Partial-Shade Plants

Plants that do well in partial shade include impatiens, begonias and geraniums. Geraniums make colourful hanging baskets and will do very well in partial shade. The colourful flowers in red and pink continue to bloom until fall. Trailing begonias, tuberous begonias and wax begonias enjoy partial shade and will continue to flower until fall. Begonias have a sweet fragrance. Impatiens make nice hanging basket plants and come in a variety of colours including purple, pink and red.

Shade-Loving Plants

Fuchsia plants provide an explosion of colour. The green foliage and red and purplish flowers on the ends of the vines make a nice attraction to the balcony. The plants need to have shade so the hot sun doesn't wilt the flowers. Asparagus ferns are shade-loving plants that will spruce up the balcony with feathery fronds growing to 2 feet long.

Attracting Wildlife

Black-eye Susan, which needs full sun, will attract butterflies in a hanging basket on a balcony. Other plants for hanging baskets that attract butterflies and hummingbirds include Cypress vine, coral honeysuckle and cardinal climbers, which are partial-shade and full-sun plants. When you keep the flowers growing all summer, the hummingbirds will keep returning. Butterflies appear in midsummer.

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