The presence of decorative flowers provides a home with a relaxing atmosphere. The plants that can be used to flower a terrace, balcony or even a window are numerous. They grow just as well in containers as planted in-ground in a garden. A blend of flowers of various colours enhances the aesthetics of the house and estate and contributes in granting this property a certain sense of distinction.

Flowers are decorative plants par excellence. Ornamental flowering plants can be grown in a garden or in solid containers such as bowls, pots or planters. These can be made from cement, terracotta, plastic or wood.

Growing flowering plants

To put your plants in the ground, put clay paste in each of your containers. Afterwards, cover up the clay with a mixture of gravel, coarse sand and fine potting soil. Pour a little water on the whole then, using your finger, make small 1-inch (3 cm) holes in which you will sow your seeds before closing up the holes with a thin layer of sand. As soon as the first shoots appear, move the individual containers in place that receives little sunlight for a period of 15 days. This time will allow the plants to grow and take root. Finally, place your plants on your windowsills, balcony or in any one of your home’s rooms.

Maintenance and general recommendations

A house may be flowering regardless of whether it is located in the countryside or in town. The flowers that decorate it must be maintained to preserve the setting. Indeed, even when they are planted in tubs or other containers, plants need to be pruned and watered. The flowers’ containers must be spotless and cleaned with bleach. As for the flowers, do not choose them randomly because they each have their purpose. For example, those with dark colours are a source of heat, while climbing plants are suitable for decorating large walls or doors with flowers. When watering flowers hanging from the balcony or window, be careful to avoid water overflow due to irrigation in order not to break the condominium’s rules. Be sure to cut the long branches that reach the neighbouring courtyard. It is also recommended to securely fasten the hanging baskets because sand gets heavier when wet.

Ornamental flowering plants

To decorate windowsills with flowers, you can choose several plants namely Surfinia, ivy-leaf geraniums, garden geraniums, verbenas, scaevolas, etc… But forget-me-nots, pansies, petunias, and impatiens are the most recommended species. The forget-me-not is a plant with pink, white or sometimes blue flowers. With its sparkle and smell, it gives value ??to rooms and gardens. It grows best on moist soil in partial shade. Pansies produce beautiful flowers with bright-coloured aerial petals that often bloom again. In case of drought, they need to be watered and kept in partial shade. Petunias, with their thick blue or violet flowers, enhance most homes’ decoration. These plants love being in the sun, but are very sensitive to wind and rain. In addition, the soil should be enriched with fertilizer. To stimulate their bloom, the dead leaves and flowers need to be removed. With a size between 8 and 12 inches (20 and 30 cm), the dwarf marigold takes part in embellishing the setting with its beautiful round flowers ranging in colour from apricot to yellow or even red. Semi sunny spots are its favourite locations. The touch-me-not pleases itself the shadow, and produces green leaves that decorate bouquets wonderfully. Tuberous begonias are the most suitable species for windows and balconies. They provide potted flowers with a certain aesthetic. To grow properly, they prefer to be in partial shade.  The soil needs to be enriched and watered once it becomes too dry.

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Published in Home by Alexander on 06 Jul 2011