Your balcony can be a garden of Eden if you purchase plants fitting your growing conditions and lifestyle at our apartments near DC. Although we’re all in USDA hardiness zone 7, each apartment possesses slightly different sun exposure, and varying wind conditions. This must shape our selection of what to grow on our private patios or balconies.
Several herbs are both drought and cold tolerant and enhance our cooking. Try rosemary, with sun-loving, glossy, needle-like leaves that resist both cold and drying. These are both possible around our apartments near DC, especially since containers dry out swiftly.
Small specimens are often available at Whole Foods in the winter – acclimate it early on. Another fragrantly colorful patio/balcony herb is lavender, multiply useful for Provencale cuisine, and aromatherapy. Hyssop, specifically Agastache aurantiaca “Just Peachy”, is a sought-after Southwesterner that draws hummingbirds and tolerates some missed watering, available locally .
Daylilies, especially petite Stella D’Oro, bloom for weeks and self-propagate. The spent blooms are even edible! Find Hemerocallis plants and expertise at Thumpers Daylily Farms.
If you are willing to bring some pots in, or at least root some cuttings, indoors for the winter, begonias, geraniums, and impatiens (available attractively priced at Craven’s) are very rewarding container plants.
Got any other favorite potted plants? Comment and let us know!
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