Balcony Plants and Summer Flowers

By | February 17, 2024

Simply grow balcony plants and summer flowers from seeds

There is hardly a more beautiful garden decoration than plants and flowers: Now is the perfect time to sow bee-friendly balcony plants and summer flowers directly in the balcony box or in the garden bed, because there is rarely a threat of ground frost in May. By sowing flowers, you not only delight your eyes and create a colorful balcony decoration – summer flowers become real bee magnets, bumblebees also enjoy nectar-rich flowers in the garden. Some plants germinate particularly easily and are also suitable for beginner gardeners. In this blog article we will introduce you to some balcony plants and summer flowers that you do not need to buy as a fully grown plant, but can simply sow as seeds. See vaultedwatches for 22 great country house garden ideas.

Marigold (Calendula): Insect-friendly medicinal plant

Marigold was already used as a medicinal plant by Hildegard von Bingen in the Middle Ages. The plant’s beautiful yellow and orange flowers are also popular sources of nectar for insects such as butterflies, bumblebees and bees. The marigold germinates quite reliably and easily from seeds and is suitable as a flower in the balcony box, in pots and planters, as well as for the bed in the cottage garden, completely in keeping with the country house decoration in the garden.

Jewelry basket (Cosmea)

The delicate decorative basket can also be easily grown from seeds. The pretty flower is available in various shades of pink, red, white, orange and yellow, and two-tone varieties are also available from seed shops. As a balcony plant, it is best to plant your Cosmea in a pot or bucket instead of in the balcony box, as it grows a little taller and can sometimes lack stability in the balcony box when it is windy. As a flower for the cottage garden, for the colorful bed, or as a decoration for fences, the decorative basket also looks great in the garden, and it is also a bee-friendly plant.

Sunflower ( Helianthus annuus )

The sunflower is a star of the garden. As a garden decoration it can also be the giant sunflower, for the sunflower on the balcony we tend to rely on dwarf varieties. The flower of the sunflower consists of hundreds of individual flowers that bumblebees and bees can feast on, which is why it is also a great bee plant as long as it lasts you choose an unfilled version that is not pollen-free.

Sweet pea or sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus): climbing fragrant pleasure

The name itself says it all: the sweet pea is particularly impressive because of its beautiful scent. Also called flat pea, vetch is a legume, i.e. in the same plant family as peas and beans. This means that the sweet vetch has an advantage – it only needs to be fertilized a little, the plant simply gets the nitrogen it needs for its growth from the air and binds it to its roots, so the sweet peas are also considered to be soil improvers. However, sweet pea is not edible.

Sweet pea: Blooming privacy screen on the balcony

As a climbing balcony plant, sweet pea can also be used as a privacy screen on the balcony if you give the plant a climbing aid, which can also simply be the balcony railing. As a classic English cottage garden plant, the sweet pea (in the English area “Sweet Pea”) is a great addition to the cottagecore garden. As an attractive cut flower, it also brings its great scent indoors – here it can be presented together with other garden flowers in a bouquet in a vase.

Runner bean ( Phaseolus coccineus ) : Climbing balcony plant as a privacy screen

Would you like a climbing plant for the balcony? The runner bean, also known as runner bean, has something special: as soon as it gets warm outside, it germinates within a few days. Over time, the runner bean climbs up a climbing aid such as a trellis or bamboo sticks and can also be used as a privacy screen on the balcony. In addition to their dark green foliage, pole bean varieties also impress with their pretty flowers, which are inspired by butterflies and co. happy to be visited. As a bonus, there are beans to harvest in late summer. With a few bamboo sticks tied together, you can also grow a bean teepee in the garden, which is especially popular with children!

Nasturtium ( Tropaeolum ) : climbing balcony plant

Nasturtiums grow easily from seeds. The attractive plant is available in the flower colors orange, yellow and red. As a climbing balcony plant, the nasturtium can also be used as a privacy screen if you provide it with a trellis. In addition to its great appearance, the nasturtium is also considered a bee-friendly plant and is also edible for humans. You may already know it from salad mixes with edible flowers. You can use the nasturtium not only as a climbing plant, but also as a balcony decoration or hanging patio decoration if you simply sow the flower in a hanging basket. The vitamin-rich plant is also said to have positive effects on health and the unripe seeds can be used as a caper substitute.

Bee friend (Phacelia): A particularly bee-friendly plant

The purple-flowering Phacelia is also called a bee friend, which is no coincidence, because the plant is a real bee magnet! As bee pasture or quick greening for the garden, it can be spread widely in the garden and used as green manure or mulch after flowering. As insect-friendly balcony plants, the Phacelias fit best in a pot or bucket. The Phacelia does not have to be grown in a small pot either.

Cornflower ( Centaurea cyanus )

The cornflower is one of the bee savers. As the name suggests, the cornflower used to grow in every field. Due to weed killers, their distribution has dwindled, making them a valuable food plant for bees, butterflies and bumblebees. The color of the cornflower looks great as a flowery balcony decoration, or in a natural cottage garden in combination with poppies.

Poppy seeds (papaver)

Poppies grow incredibly quickly from seeds. Not only the red poppy is an attractive summer flower – Californian gold poppies in golden yellow and delicate silk poppies (e.g. “Mother of Pearl” variant) in pastel colors complement the range of poppy seeds. Poppy is also popular as a bee plant. Poppies also grow on drier, sandy soil in the garden. On the balcony it is best to sow the poppy in a pot; in the balcony box it tends to collapse in the wind.

Stonewort Scented Stonewort (Alyssum)

The alyssum, or sweet stonewort, is a beautiful cushion flower and a good ground cover. The scent of the flower is intoxicating and magically attracts bees and bumblebees. In addition to the well-known white variant, you can now also find seeds for alyssum in yellow, purple and pink. As the name suggests, the stone herb is suitable for the rock garden, but it also spreads its sweet scent on the balcony. It’s best to grow the alyssum on the windowsill.

Delicious for humans and bees: plant tomatoes on the balcony

Admittedly, it is actually too late to grow tomatoes from seeds in May; the best time to do so is mid-March to early April. Tomatoes like it particularly sunny, you will harvest the most aromatic tomatoes on the south-facing balcony. There are particularly small varieties of balcony tomatoes that do not grow too tall, such as the “Czech bush tomato” or “Tiny Tim”, these tomato varieties do not need to be supported.

Growing herbs from seeds: basil on the balcony

Some herbs are particularly easy to grow from seeds, for example basil. As a light germinator, basil does not need to be covered with soil; the seeds simply need to be kept moist on the soil in the seed pot. There is not only the typical Genovese basil that you know from the supermarket – you can now also buy basil seeds for Greek bush basil, red basil and Thai basil. If you harvest more basil than you can use, you can simply freeze the basil as finished pesto cubes in ice cube trays, so you always have some seasoning ready for your pasta dishes.

Strawberries on the balcony: monthly strawberries and wild strawberries

Monthly strawberries and wild strawberries in particular are easy to grow from seeds. They fruit and bloom more frequently than other strawberry varieties and therefore offer more opportunities to snack; the flowers are bee magnets. Wild strawberries also tolerate partial shade well and do not only thrive on south-facing balconies. As ground cover, wild strawberries are also a great plant option in the cottage garden or forest garden. They become sweet shabby chic garden decorations or country house style garden decorations when planted in an old fruit box.

Tip 1: Growing flowers yourself means less poison

Many commercially grown plants are pre-treated with insect repellents such as neonicotinoids, which also harm bees. If you prefer your garden plants and balcony plants yourself, they are non-toxic to butterflies, bees and bumblebees.

Tip 2: Preferring flowers increases the chances of success

Growing flowers from seeds is actually not difficult: Seeds of phacelia, poppies, marigolds and nasturtiums are pretty easy going – once they are stuck in the ground or simply scattered across the bed, they quickly form many small plants. For Cosmea, wild strawberries or tomatoes, it is worth pre-growing them on the windowsill. Just look at the seed bag to find out whether pre-breeding is necessary.

Tip 3: Not all flowering plants are insect-friendly!

There are pollen-free species of sunflowers, some flowers have double flowers. Both variants are difficult for insects to use. Many seed manufacturers now note directly on the seed bag whether the plant in question is bee-friendly or insect-friendly. You can find more insect-friendly plants and bee-friendly plants, especially for wild bee species, on the great website Bienennutzgarten.de!

Tip 4: Seeds can be collected and exchanged

Growing plants from your own seeds also saves money: you can often collect and dry the seeds after flowering and plant them the next year. As long as you use so-called seed-resistant varieties and not hybrid varieties (F1), you can grow plants with the same properties every year. You can also make great gifts for gardening friends from seeds you have collected yourself, or take part in online seed exchanges. Pharmacy jar storage containers are ideal for particularly attractive storage. In this way, rare varieties are spread and with old varieties you can contribute to the preservation of the species.

Tip 5: Insect-friendly garden – make bee troughs

Insects are thirsty too! You can get some help from bees and co. If you fill shallow bowls on the balcony or in the garden with a few stones or marbles and regularly pour water over them. The marbles or stones allow the insects to land safely and get out of the drinking vessel easily.

Strawberries on the balcony