Balcony plants for the winter: Lists of suitable plants & ideas for arrangements in boxes or pots

Whether in the balcony box on the railing or in pots on the balcony, plants make the cold, dreary winter that much more beautiful. But how is that supposed to work? Living plant in this cold? Yes, there are beautiful specimens that last at least for a certain period of time even in a pot and are suitable for winter planting. Which balcony plants for the winter could you choose and combine?

It is not only important to choose the right plants, but also the right location for each specimen. Accordingly, flowers must be combined that have the same or at least similar requirements.

The right plants for a lush, hardy arrangement

Balcony plants for the winter in monochrome colors with ivy, grasses and green plants

For a beautiful arrangement, it is best to combine plants of different heights. Gap fillers are also required, after all, the plant container should be lavishly filled and appear natural. You also have the choice between evergreen plants that are hardy and decorative with their leaves, as well as flowering species.

The main plants for winter planting on the balcony

Skimmie in pot and stacked in wooden box for balcony and terrace

Choose eye-catching balcony plants for the winter, which are, so to speak, the main element in the arrangement. These usually differ in different leaf shapes and/or colors and also in their height. Which plants are suitable for this when it comes to winter planting?

Uncomplicated balcony plants as the main actors:

  • Bamboo (Bambooidae)
  • broom heather (Callunavulgaris) or all Gentiles
  • boxwood (Buxus)
  • Ferns
  • Double-flowering garden chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
  • Japanese spindle bush (Euonymus japonicus), conditionally frost hardy
  • Hardy camellia hybrid (Camellia)
  • Lower false berry (Gaultheria procumbens)
  • pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana)
  • purple bells (Heuchera)
  • Shadow Flower/Fleshy Berry (Sarcococca confusa)
  • Candytuft (Iberis)
  • silver bells (Heuchera micrantha ‘Obsidian’)
  • skimmie (Skimmia japonica)
  • holly (ilex)
  • cypress (Cupressus)

Balcony plants for the winter – create cascades

Stone pot with pansies and cypress in the background

Hanging and creeping plants usually grow low and also decorate the lower areas of the pot or box, below the surface of the earth. In this way you extend the flower arrangement downwards and it looks even more lush and creative. Hardy balcony plants for autumn and winter that you can choose for this can be found in the following list:

Hanging plants for the balcony that are hardy:

  • ivy (Hedera helix)
  • sedum (Sedum)
  • Evergreen (Vinca)
  • Carpet Wire Shrub (Muehlenbeckia axillaris)

Colorful gap fillers all around

Balcony plants for the winter - violets or pansies, purple bells and heather

Once you have found suitable balcony plants for the winter from the lists above, you will of course still need some gap fillers to fill out the container. You can opt for monochrome arrangements with simple white flowers, but also create colorful combinations. Here the choice is not less, but rather the opposite. Which balcony plants to choose in winter?

Flowers for balcony boxes to fill gaps:

  • cyclamen (cyclamen)
  • ash flower (Cineraria), frost hardy down to minus 2 degrees
  • broom heather (Callunavulgaris) or all Gentiles
  • Christmas rose (Hellebore)
  • Little Winterling (Eranthis hyemalis)
  • Upholstery phlox (phlox)
  • primrose (Primula), not all species are frost hardy
  • purple bells (Heuchera)
  • snowdrop (Galanthus)
  • silver leaf (Lunaria)
  • Barbed wire plant (Calocephalus)
  • pansies (viola wittrockiana)
  • thyme (Thymus)
  • violet (viola)

Balcony plants for the winter – inspiring arrangements to recreate

Barbed wire plant (Calocephalus), ivy, yellow primrose, skimmia and evergreen plant with berries

From all of the balcony plants mentioned for the winter, you can put together beautiful combinations for winter-hardy permanent plants for balcony boxes and pots.

  • Autumnal nuances in winter

Here you can see a combination of the barbed wire plant (Calocephalus), the ivy, the yellow primrose and the skimmia, while the bright orange berries belong to the coral bush. However, the latter is not frost hardy, so you should bring the balcony plants in in winter if you design the arrangement the way you see it. Alternatively, you can also replace the coral bush with a frost-hardy variant, such as the lower false berry (Gaultheria procumbens).

Red violets and heuchera for the balcony floor or for planting in flower boxes

  • Violet as the main element

The middle area is filled with purple violets, which you can also choose in a different color. You can also replace the beautiful balcony plant with pansies for larger flowers. In the background, broom heather or other heather adorns the plant container for the balcony and in the front area heuchera.

Beautiful arrangement for pots and balcony boxes with heather and cyclamen or violets

  • Ideas with heather

Common heather or similar species, combined with delicate cyclamen or with pansies/violets, creates a pleasant arrangement of winter flowers outside that are suitable for the balcony box as well as for a round pot on the floor or balcony table. Fill in as desired with cascading plants or silver leaf as in the examples. Instead of heather, other, taller plants can be chosen, such as grasses or green plants for the balcony (cypress or bamboo, for example).

Balcony plants for the winter - The Christmas rose belongs on every balcony

Once you have collected a selection of suitable balcony plants for the winter, you can let your imagination run wild when putting them together and create a wide variety of arrangements. It can be minimalist and monochrome, but also colorful with the help of the many colorful flowering variants. A green plant for the balcony can serve as a focal point or background, while lower specimens create the surroundings. Take your time when planning! We wish you lots of fun and success!

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