Fall Flowers for Balcony Boxes: Beautiful perennial balcony plants that bloom from August to October

by Kremy

Summer is slowly coming to an end. Soon we will welcome fall. This season has a lot to offer to the hobby gardener: the autumn flowers fascinate with different shapes and colors, exude a gentle aroma and provide food for pollinating insects. We list 10 beautiful perennial fall flowers for balcony boxes that will delight the eye with their blooms from August to October.

Autumn flowers for balcony boxes: what you should consider when choosing the varieties

fall flowers for balcony boxes and flower pots

It is true that there are countless beautiful fall flowers suitable for the flower beds in the garden but also for your window boxes. However, when choosing the right balcony flower, you should also pay attention to the respective variety. The following questions are important:

Fall flowers for the balcony pansies and violets

  1. Do you want annual or perennial flowers? You can combine both for a stylish arrangement.
  2. Add accents with one or more fall flowers, then plant grasses and ornamental foliage perennials to fill in the gaps.
  3. Choose short cultivars with a compact shape.
  4. If you want to propagate the flowers yourself, you should get detailed advice on this from the garden center.
  5. There are many hardy varieties, many of which require additional frost protection such as mulching or laying down a layer of leaves.

Which beautiful varieties of chrysanthemums are perennial and hardy?

Chrysanthemums on the balcony various sorts

The chrysanthemums are probably the best known and most popular fall flowers. Depending on the variety, the flowering period can extend from August to the end of October. The fall chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum indicum) are perfect for the window box. Hardiness varies by variety. As a rule, varieties that are planted in the balcony box in autumn need winter protection.

Autumn ‘Swifty’ chrysanthemums: Can stay outside down to -16°C. Reach a maximum growth height of 70 cm.

Suitable planting partners: Japanese false myrtle, mercury, magic snow and shrub veronica.

Fall flowers for the balcony: which varieties of violets are suitable?

Autumn cyclamen for the balcony box

The autumn cyclamen “Cyclamen hederifolium” (Ivy-leaved cyclamen) is a very compact autumn flower. It can grow up to 15 cm high. Hardy and evergreen, it has attractive heart-shaped leaves and cuts a fine figure as an ornamental foliage plant even after the flowering period has ended in November.

Horned violets for flower boxes for balconies in autumn

The horned violet variety ” Halo Violet” not only scores with a very long flowering period – from May to October (second flowering starts in August), but also with attractive dark green leaves. Thanks to their compact shape (they grow to around 15 cm high and 20 cm wide), horned violets are the perfect way to fill gaps in balcony boxes.

Suitable plant partners: bud flowering heather, ferns, autumn crocuses.

The autumn anemone (Anemone hupehensis) as an eye-catcher in the balcony box: new bee-friendly variety

Fall Anemone variety bee friendly pink flowers

The autumn anemone (Japanese anemone) can reach a maximum height of 140 cm. But there are also small varieties such as “Little Princess”, which grow up to 50 cm high. This beautiful flower has flat petals and provides food for pollinating insects such as bees, butterflies and bumblebees during the cold season. Autumn anemones are usually planted in spring, but planting in September is also possible. When planting in autumn, you should protect them from frost with a layer of leaves.

Suitable plant partners in the balcony box: astilbe (False goat’s beard), sedum, hostas.

Plant Heleniums and enjoy a splendor of flowers in autumn

The autumn helenium (sneezeweeds) is a frost hardy flower that grows to a maximum height of 40 cm in the window box. Similar to the autumn anemone, it offers plenty of nectar and pollen for bees, bumblebees and butterflies.

The “Pumilum Magnificum” variety grows to an average height of 70 cm and has yellow flowers. In the balcony box, it can take on the role of filling in the gaps, as well as setting accents. It is the perfect addition to natural floral arrangements.

Suitable plant partners: Gypsophila, grasses

Bee-Friendly Fall Flowers for Balcony Boxes: A compact Caryopteris variety

bluebeard for balcony dwarf varieties

The Caryopteris (bluebeard) flower is a bee nutritive plant that feels at home both in the home garden and on the balcony. The growth height varies greatly from variety to variety.

The “Blue Cloud” variety grows up to 60 cm high. The flowers give off a sweet aroma.

The bluebeard cannot survive the winter on the balcony without frost protection. Cover the potting soil with a layer of leaves to protect it from freezing.

Suitable plant partners: Potentilla (cinquefoil), various small rose varieties

Fall flowers for balcony boxes: the dwarf dahlias

Caring for autumn flowers for balconies dwarf dahlias in window boxes

If roses are the queen of summer flowers, then dahlias are the queen of fall flowers. With their double flowers, they are a real eye-catcher, even in the balcony box. Most varieties grow to a height of between 100 and 130 cm, but the dwarf dahlias are suitable for keeping in containers. They score with a low and well-branched growth. The flowering period extends into October.

The varieties “Gallery Singer” and “Arabian Mystery” are around 40 cm high and fascinate with wine-red flowers. The flowers of the “boogie woogie ” variety are light yellow and very filigree, the flower is around 35 cm high.

Suitable planting partners: Different types of roses, Echinacea (coneflowers), sunflowers.


Also read: Hardy Perennial Plants for Outdoor Pots That Will Survive Winter: Plant Once, Enjoy for Many Years



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