Trees and shrubs for terrace


On many occasions we find that we cannot have a garden, and that we have to settle for a balcony, patio or terrace where we can place our plants.

We tend to think that trees and shrubs are plants of grounds, but not from pots. Well, that is not entirely true, as there are many species that can live well in pots, thus being able to decorate our terraces.

What you do have to keep in mind is that the larger the pot, the greater its growth. For this reason, it is important that we choose slow-growing or small-sized species that tolerate both branch and root pruning.

The location in most cases should be in full sun, although there are trees that need to be in semi-shade.

Some of the most commonly used trees and shrubs are:

  • Abelia
  • Cypress trees
  • Boxwood
  • Many fruit trees, such as: orange, lemon, ...
  • Magnolia
  • Japanese maples (place in semi-shade if we live in a warm climate)
  • callistemon
  • Oleander (nerium oleander)

Without forgetting the bamboos. They are herbaceous plants of very fast growth, but potted are easily controllable. They are ideal for quickly covering an area that we do not want to be very visible, for example. There are many varieties, some with black stems (Phyllostachys nigra), others with variegated stems (Phyllostachys aureasulcata), others with very pretty green and yellow stems (Phyllostachys pseudosasa) ...

The substrate that we must choose will depend on the species of plant that we have chosen. A good one general mix It would be: 45% black peat, 45% blond peat, and 10% organic compost (worm castings, for example).

It is highly advisable to remove the water from the plate or tray, as this way we can avoid rotting of the root system of the plant.

Image - Ismael

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