Before setting up the various plants on the terrace, it will be good to evaluate its conditions of exposure to direct light. For a south-facing balcony, plant spoils that resist heat and drought will be perfect. Among them you can find the decorative and classic Hibiscus, or the evergreens Mirto and Viburnum, both white-flowered and with spring bloom. The Alzalea, the Camelia, the Forsythia and the Kerria are all plants to be set in a terrace facing east, which has a more direct solar exposure during the early hours of the morning, to then gradually decrease during the day, a condition that it facilitates precisely the growth of these beautiful evergreen acidophiles. Finally, if the terrace faces north or west, you will have to choose plants that are used to surviving with little light and heat, since the shaded areas have a predominant space here. Opt for strong shrubs with a rough character, such as boxwood, laurel or solanum, which can also be used for hedges and natural shielding. Although at first glance it looks like a fragile and delicate flower, the geranium instead adapts very well to this setting, as it originally developed in countries with a harsh climate. It boasts numerous species, does not need special care and will be very useful in the summer to hunt annoying mosquitoes thanks to its perfume. After this premise, keep in mind that whatever plant you are going to set, you will have to follow general rules to persevere its beauty and health. We will see below how to proceed according to the category of shrubs in question.
Certainly the balcony is the most suitable place, both for space and climatic factors, for the insertion of climbing plants, which are able to create natural shading and decorate architectural elements such as railings and columns in a truly extraordinary way. The most popular varieties for this purpose are the Jasmine, the Ivy, the Wisteria in clusters and the fragrant Passiflora. Another flower with a striking midnight blue color is the Climbing Bell, which has fast and luxuriant growth. If you live in a cold area, give up the albeit beautiful Bougainvillea, as it needs temperate and dry climates. All creepers must be sown so that the roots can receive sunlight and the leaves and branches remain in the shade. Regular watering is essential for their care, but never in the central hours of the day, to avoid the evaporation of water.