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Flowers for terraces: choose the vases
The first thing to do when you find yourself decorating terraces, will be to think about the placement of the vases, which will be more or less large depending on the space you have available. You can position them along the perimeter or opt for a central island, but only if your terrace has a shape that allows it. Keep in mind that, even if the terracotta pots are better from the perspiration point of view, they are also very heavy to move so, at least for the larger ones, perhaps it would be better to prefer plastic.
If you want to get a more rustic effect you will have to opt for terracotta-colored vases, while for a more modern terrace white is an optimal choice. If you use different shapes and sizes you will surely get a more dynamic effect, while all the same vases will give the feeling of a tidy terrace, but certainly even more boring.
Flowering shrubs for terraces
In the panorama of terraces and balconies there are numerous flowering shrubs which, with due care, will be able to adapt perfectly to life in the vase in an environment that is not always too favorable. Their inclusion in the terrace helps to move the decorations, raising the flowering vertically. Among the most suitable to be cultivated in pot we find for example the oleander (Nerium oleander) which, besides being a hardy and very resistant plant, also offers an abundant and lasting flowering. Unique, but not negligible, a defect attributable to this Mediterranean shrub is that of being strongly poisonous, therefore its use is not advisable if the terrace is frequented by small children or pets. Other flowering shrubs with copious spring flowers capable of adapting to life in pots are, for example, Forsythia (Forsythia europaea), Deutzia (Deutzia sp.) Or sweet broom (Spartium junceum) while, if you want to enjoy the colors of flowers also at the end of winter, you cannot miss a beautiful heather bush (Erica arborea). In choosing flowering plants it is however necessary to take into account the flowering period to evaluate the purchase of this or that shrub. It is indeed desirable to have a terrace that has flourished for most of the year. Among the small trees always welcome is the evergreen magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) with its magnificent and fragrant summer flowers. However, keep in mind that, as far as trees and shrubs are concerned, it would be better not to isolate them, unless space issues prevent it. Therefore, try to arrange the shrubs in groups of a single species, and the trees perhaps in pairs. If you are admirers of the queen of flowers, you can think of reserving a special space on your terrace for this marvelous flower that has about 150 species, each one with many varieties. Roses (Rosa sp.) Can easily be grown in pots, but they should be placed in a point that is not exposed to the wind. You can choose bush or alternatively, if you have a wall on which to fix the anchor grating, a climbing variety. Personally, I prefer the latter, because it gives abundant and lasting blooms. The vase should be quite deep, at least 60 centimeters and 40 centimeters wide. Roses, especially in pots, are subject to attacks by aphids. A completely natural remedy to prevent these bothersome and harmful pests is to plant several cloves of garlic together with the rose. Match the roses together by choosing different colors and, if climbing, guide the branches making them cross, you will get an extraordinary effect.
Succulent Plants for terraces
From the middle of the nineteenth century, many new varieties of cactaceae began to be introduced into Europe, collected in the desert areas of Mexico and neighboring regions, but some even arrived from the Andes. Today these plants are back in fashion and it is easy to see them in modern terraces, mainly in seaside areas or in rather dry areas. It must be said, that in coastal areas, succulent plants are really a great comfort, as they do not need to be watered because they absorb the night dew. First of all is the Prickly Pear (Opuntia ficus) which does not require any kind of intervention except the harvest of the fruits. In the terraces it grows well in all types of soil but grows little. The flowers of this plant, which emerge at the end of spring, are a beautiful bright yellow and orange. In general, even the other cacti, require little care due to their remarkable ability to adapt; the only risk is related to excess humidity, so it will be essential that the land in which they are planted has an excellent drainage capacity to ensure the rapid and complete drainage of the water. Moreover they will be wet very little and exposed in order to guarantee abundant light, except for some tropical varieties such as the so-called Christmas cactus (Epiphyllum sp.) Which blooms in full winter and which in nature lives as an epiphyte, therefore in darkness. They may remain outside above 10 ° C.
Seed and bulb flowers
Among the various possibilities of choice that the nursery garden offers, you can really indulge in creating colorful and scented compositions according to your preferences. The flowers make it possible to make a considerable number of combinations that make the most of every single variety. Visiting the large gardens and leafing through the pages of specialized magazines, many ideas can be drawn for the shapes and color combinations that meet our aesthetic needs. The practical side is not to be neglected, some species are more demanding than others and if you do not have the time to treat them with a certain frequency you will end up with clusters of decidedly unpleasant withered flowers. Carefully choose both bulb flowers and sowing flowers in order to diversify the varieties as much as possible, thus making the overall view more dynamic. One of the rules for arranging the flowers is to reserve a backward position for the taller and upright ones. Among these, for example, you can choose many shades of color among tulips (Tulipa sp.), Whose bulbs are to be planted in a sunny or slightly shady position in autumn or at the end of winter. The tulip pots must be prepared with a soil with good drainage capacity and the bulbs must be buried 10-15 centimeters deep and at least 10 centimeters apart. Obviously those planted late will also have a delayed flowering. These can be combined with other bulbous plants such as narcissus (Narcissus poeticus) and hyacinths (Hyacinthus orientalis), the latter paying attention to color. To complete the magic of colors, violets (Viola tricolor) lend themselves well to the variety you like best, perhaps combined with splendid daisies (Chrisanthemum frutescens), placing both species in front of bulbous plants. Keep in mind that white, in this case of daisies, turns out to be very useful to "tie" the other colors present. Finally, if you want to enjoy the magic of seeing elegant twirls among the flowers of the beautiful butterflies you will have to try to attract them for example with the scent of aromatic plants (rosemary and sage are ideal), or with the nectar of nasturtiums. Your terrace will be further enriched.