Few plants are suitable for the full sun. But colorful specimens can also be found for south-facing balconies and terraces.
Although many plants prefer a bright location, they cannot cope with direct sunlight or even get plant sunburn. This makes it all the more important to choose the right flowers for a balcony or terrace on the south side.
We present you five plants for blazing sun and enormous heat.
geraniums – perfect for the south balcony
Geraniums, also known as pelargoniums, have always been very popular with amateur gardeners. The colorful flowers are extremely heat resistant and therefore plants that thrive even in the blazing sun. They bloom in white, red and pink. Meanwhile, there are even bicolored varieties.
Pelargoniums are ideal for use in balcony boxes, pots or even hanging baskets. Another advantage of the plants: they bloom longer than average compared to other flowers – namely from May until the first frosts.
citrus tree as a plant for full sun
If you want not only colorful flowers on the balcony, you can resort to citrus plants. Whether lemon, orange or lime tree – they all tolerate a lot of light and full sun due to their origin.
What’s more, you don’t have to buy insecticide-treated citrus from stores that have been transported from far away. Instead, you can watch your own lemons, oranges and limes grow.
anemone: The insect friendly ornamental plant for the south balcony
In its homeland, tropical America, the wood anemone is considered an invasive plant: it spreads rapidly and thus displaces other species. In this country, however, it is used as a pretty ornamental plant. With its beautiful colors, the plant is a real eye-catcher – and is suitable for full sun on your south-facing balcony.
A plus point for the wood anemone: The flowers are very popular with insects, especially bees, bumblebees and butterflies. It is therefore ideal for an insect-friendly balcony.
the cape basket as a sun lover
Cape basket loves warmth and sun and quickly develops flowers. It grows between 20 and 50 centimeters high and combines well with other plants: For example, the already presented geraniums fit well with it, but also vanilla flowers or male chaff.
The flower color of the Cape basket offers many variations: It shines both unicolored and multicolored and inspires in white, yellow, orange, violet, pink and blue.
oleander: the Mediterranean plant for full sun
Oleander provides Mediterranean flair on the terrace or balcony. It comes mainly from the Mediterranean region, southern Spain and the Near and Middle East. That’s why it is perfect for full sun on south-facing balconies or terraces.
The Mediterranean plant bears flowers in pink, white or yellow from June to September and is planted in tubs. Important: All parts of the oleander plant are poisonous. It should therefore be kept out of reach of children and pets.