The choice of plants for creating hanging flower arrangements for landscaping balconies and terraces is much wider than it might seem. At the same time, it will be much more interesting not to look at monoplants, but combined “mini-flower beds". The best result is given by a combination of flowering and ornamental-deciduous plants in one pot. In this article I will talk about the most interesting decorative and deciduous plants with ampelous growth.5 best decorative foliage ampels for landscaping balconies and terraces
One of the most unpretentious ampelous plants that was previously grown mainly only in room conditions - like a potted plant. According to the shape of the leaf blade plectrantus (Plectranthus) a bit like a coleus. And these plants are really the closest relatives of the labiate family.
The foliage of a plectrantus is medium in size, an average of 4-5 centimeters across. The surface of the leaves is densely covered with hairs, faceted stems are thick, but they are not visible behind the abundance of foliage. Sometimes a plant can throw out spike-shaped inflorescences consisting of small lilac or white flowers resembling coleus flowers. But the main decorative value is the foliage of the plant.
Hybrid Silver shield it is distinguished by a monophonic strongly pubescent silver-gray foliage, which gives the impression that the plant is made of metal or is densely covered with hoarfrost. Another variety of plectrantus "Variegata" has more expressive leaves, which are distinguished by a creamy white border on a dark green background. Elastic "shoots mustache" hang down about 60-75 centimeters.Plectranthus Silver Shield.
Conditions and care
Plectrant containers can be placed both in the sun and in partial shade. In this case, slight shading is preferable, since foliage is smaller in the sunshine of plants and the foliage tone noticeably turns pale.
For winter time, the plectrantus is best placed on the brightest window, the temperature range should remain within 15-25 degrees, moderate watering. If the air in the apartment is too dry, the plant will not be superfluous to periodically spray.
Toward the end of winter, you can trim the bushes and root the cut parts of the shoots. Plectrantus is rooted very easily. If you put the cuttings in a glass of water, they will very soon begin to form roots. Young plants are taken out to fresh air at the end of the threat of return frosts.
Plektrantus in design
In container design, plectrantus is usually used in combination with flowering annuals. The Silver Shield hybrid is excellent in compositions of cold colors, if you add flowers of violet and white shades, for example, petunia, alissum, heliotrope, verbena and others.
Plectrantus "Variegata" is suitable for almost any color of annual flowers. In combination with red, it slightly cools the expression of bright red annuals and creates very harmonious pairs with them.
Continuation of the list of the best decorative foliage ampelous plants for landscaping balconies and terraces, see the next page.