The Q&A Archives: balcony plants

Question: I am looking forward to spring and have only a balcony to decorate. I would like to put some hanging baskets out, but I am unsure of what would survive out there. I get mid day to evening sun on my side of the building...any suggestions? Oh if possible not a fan of flowers/plants that attract bees.

Answer: Most flowering plants attract bees but the more fragrant and the brighter the color, the more likely bees will visit. How much activity will also depend upon whether you are on ground level or higher up in a building. With that said, here are some suggestions for hanging baskets in full sunshine:

Annual vinca, portulaca, verbena, pentas, and nasturtiums as well as the small black eyes Susan vine (Thunbergia) or perhaps the new decorative potato and sweet potato vines make attractive baskets. Herbs can also make attractive foliage plants, so you might consider the trailing forms of thyme or perhaps fragrant herbs such as curry plant for a less traditional touch.

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