Return to the Balcony Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

West facing balcony in Virginia in August/Sept.

Posted by lunarmoth 8 (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 10, 06 at 11:30

Hello everyone! I have been off the garden web for 3 years but now Im back so I have some catching up to do.

I am offering some suggestions for those of you who have balconies facing due west (sun from 1 pm until sunset). The following plants have done well on my 2nd story balcony for 3 years:

Carolina Jasmine: no drainage holes in pot and will drink a two gallon bucket of water a day when it gets hot. (grows up the railing and shades the pot. Blooms in spring. Only problem are the finches who clip the new growth for nesting material. (root prune if possible)
Autumn Clematis: with drainage holes and drinks 1 gallon a day. ( In full bloom now) Stressed out on the west side of the balcony but is thriving shaded side. Cut back in winter and root prune in spring.

Miscanthus grass: hangs out on the western side of the balcony: does well.

Springerii (spelling?)

Two hanging baskets wtih grape Ivy (dont know the latin name) and verbena. Has done very well. I have to add that since I am on the second floor I cheat on the hanging baskets (GASP!)The verbena is still blooming but has gotten that hot summer legginess (grape ivy loves the heat) so I went and got some Walmart fake greenery (spider plant) to add a little bit of texture and fill in the holes. Looks great from the parking lot and is not two objectionable from the deck.

I really think the key to all of this is that the roots in the pots are shaded from the sun by the greenery.

I have pictures that I will share when they are developed.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: West facing balcony in Virginia in August/Sept.

Look forward to seeing the pictures!

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Balcony Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here