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Your balcony looks so friendly and colorful in the warm season. Does he have to be bald and dreary now in autumn and winter? Absolutely no way! Because there is a good solution for this - hardy balcony plants. This keeps your little balcony oasis full of life, even on frosty days. Fresh greens, berries, red leaves and even purple and pink flowers abound in these hardy plants. Below are 10 fabulous plants that are frost defying and easy to care for. These thrive both in the garden and in the tub. Most of them can be perfectly combined with each other and, together or alone, provide wonderful eye-catchers in winter.

The Common Spice Bush (Calycanthus floridus)

This delightful plant originally comes from the eastern regions of North America and was very popular with the Cherokee Indians as a spice and medicinal. Its strange, reddish-brown flowers enchant with a sweet, spicy aroma of cloves and strawberries from May to late summer. You can even smell the heavenly scent on the broad green leaves and dark stems.

The real spice bush is fairly easy to care for and tolerates very low temperatures. However, it is advisable to place it in a wind-protected place. You should also be careful and shield yourself from direct sunlight, otherwise the fine flowers of the plant are threatened by drying out.

The Snow Heath (Erica Carnea)

This type of heather is particularly hardy and can easily withstand temperatures of around -30 degrees Celsius. The Schneeheide has fully earned its name. Depending on the variety, it delights us with delicate flowers in white, purple or pink from December to April and is preferred by many as a winter plant and living decoration. Even after flowering, the snow heather looks nice and fresh and attractive with its green, pointed leaves. An excellent choice for garden and balcony planting for all seasons.

The Japanese golden sedge (Carex morrowii)

This evergreen ornamental grass, as the name suggests, comes from Japan and usually grows in damp and sparse places. In this country you can often see the plant in natural and Japanese gardens as well as on balconies. Thanks to the narrow shape of its leaves, the golden sedge looks very dainty and elegant and also looks very good in combination with other balcony plants. It blooms from the end of May to June with hardly noticeable, small flowers in yellow and brown and likes shady and semi-shady places. You should water the plant moderately and provide it with humus-rich soil.

The Himalayan Cranesbill (Geranium himalayense)

This plant's warm cups of purple-blue flowers can be admired from May to July. This species of cranesbill is extremely hardy and doesn't even mind temperatures below -35 degrees Celsius. It grows in many Asian highlands (Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan, Afghanistan etc.) at an altitude of more than 3000-4000 m. Here in Germany it is suitable both as a perennial plant in the garden and as a robust container plant for the balcony.

Phlox (Phlox subulata)

This purple, pink or white flowering beauty also comes from North America - the cushion phlox. The plant grows on humus-poor, sandy and even stony soil and is therefore quite robust and easy to care for. It blooms in spring through June and displays its fabulous star-shaped flowers. Sunny and semi-shady spots on the balcony or in the garden are ideal for the cushion phlox to thrive.

The Gaultheria (Gaultheria procumbens)

Also called red carpet berry, this hardy plant is a real gem for the balcony and garden. It loves acidic, lime-poor soils like this one in the forest, as well as partially shaded areas. The cloudberry is not only good as a ground cover, but also as a container plant. It has its delicate pink and white flowers in summer from July to August. The bright red berries then adorn the plant in late autumn and winter. These are inedible because they contain strong essential oils, but make for a magical, living decoration that creates a cheerful mood.

Ornamental cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. acephala)

As a chic relative of kale, the colorful ornamental kale is simply too good for the saucepan. That's why you can find the useful plant more and more often as a decoration on balconies, in gardens and parks as well as in effective flower bouquets. It loves sunny spots and nutrient-rich, loamy soil. In autumn, ornamental cabbage gets its wonderful yellow or violet colouration. Although the plant is very robust and easy to care for, you should provide it with a light winter protection in colder regions.

The Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger)

The wonderful plant shows its full splendor in white in winter of all times and is therefore also called snow rose. The Christmas rose feels particularly well on a calcareous, alkaline soil with moderate moisture. If there is also a penumbra, the conditions would be optimal. As a typical perennial, the plant can be combined with other hardy plants such as snowdrops, sedges, winter cultivars or early spring cyclamen.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

In July and August, the beautiful, fragrant lavender shows itself in all its purple splendour. This hardy medicinal plant is world famous and so versatile that almost everyone knows it. It likes a sunny spot, prefers gravelly and sandy soils that are slightly alkaline and tolerates lime fairly well. Although the plant can withstand the frost, you should cover it with some mulch, leaves or fir twigs in lower temperatures. To keep the flower and foliage in the best condition, it is best to cut back lavender by about one-third after flowering and two-thirds in spring.

Rosemary (Rosmarinum officinalis)

Sunny, rocky and loamy with the popular spice. Freshly scented, rosemary has green, needle-shaped leaves and delicate lilac flowers that appear in March and April. The plant is a typical Mediterranean plant and therefore only partially hardy. So, like lavender, give it enough winter protection. It is best to put the rosemary on the windowsill in winter and enjoy its culinary and healing properties in delicious dishes and soothing tea more often.

Other popular hardy balcony plants: Evergreen candytuft, silverbell, Irish ivy, double chamomile, scarlet fuchsia, heather lavender, pansy, snowball, the Purple bells and some herbs like thyme and peppermint.

Hardy balcony plants give the balcony more Color and freshness even in winter

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