We must take into consideration:
- extension of the terrace
- weather conditions
- type of sunshine
- size and constituent material of the containers to be used
- coexistence between plants
- any harmful factors
The fundamental difference between a terrace and a garden consists in the fact that the plants cannot be housed in the ground, but have vessels or jars, with variable dimensions.
Another diversifying factor is represented by the type of irrigation, which could cause damaging phenomena of water stagnation; for this reason it is advisable to alternate watering with nebulisations and to equip the gravel or pebble pots.
Finally, it is always preferable to use earthenware containers or made of porous material that is able to ensure correct transpiration of the soil.
Plants to furnish the terrace
- arboreal plants (if the terrace is very wide)
- shrubby plants
- climbing plants (to enhance vertical areas such as espaliers or partition walls)
- evergreen plants (to keep the terrace alive even during the winter months)
- herbaceous plants
- flowering plants (for ornamental purposes)
- succulent plants (if weather conditions permit)
Terrace furniture with surfinia
It is a flowering herbaceous plant, with a hanging habit, very suitable for forming flower cascades on window sills or in ornamental vases.
It has a sticky, slender and hanging herbaceous stem, covered with viscous, oval-shaped leaves, covered by a thick layer of light green-colored down.
The flowers have a funnel-shaped corolla that ends apically with 5 lobes, very fragrant and brightly colored, in shades of white, pink, red and purple.
Flowering is very abundant and persistent.
It requires a soft and well-drained soil with a non-calcareous component, fertile due to the addition of peat and chopped bark.
The plant prefers sunny areas with mild temperatures
Water must be watered every 2 days, without soaking the soil, and fertilize with liquid fertilizers.
It is an evergreen bushy plant, which has squamous rhizomes from which an erect stem with flexible and hanging branches, of an intense green color, originates.
It is used to fill hanging vessels, for ornamental purposes.
The leaves are shiny, elongated, dark green.
The flowers are equipped with a funnel-shaped corolla that ends at the top with 4 petals, white, yellow, pink, blue.
Flowering occurs throughout the summer until early autumn.
It requires a fertile, soft and well-drained soil, enriched with peat and sand.
It must be exposed in areas with indirect solar lighting, at mild temperatures, and often watered as it prefers damp environments.
It is a bushy plant, with a succulent appearance, commonly known as "Coda di topo". It has a thin and elongated stem, with a fleshy consistency, covered with pungent yellowish thorns. The flowers, positioned at the base of the stem, are very showy and show bright colors in shades of pink and red. The plant prefers a loose, fertile and well-drained soil due to the addition of sand, peat and perlite. It should preferably be housed in clay pots to facilitate breathing.
It lives well in bright places, even if it is preferable not to expose it to the direct rays of the sun.
It prefers temperate and mild climates, with temperatures never lower than 5 degrees.
It is a perennial herbaceous flowering plant, very suitable for creating ornamental vases as it presents an abundant and very early flowering (from January).
It has a thin and erect, light green herbaceous stem.
The leaves have an elongated shape with a rounded margin, a bright green color with evident veins.
The flowers have a corolla with petals of fleshy consistency and are gathered in umbrella or cluster inflorescences, with bright colors varying between white, yellow, red and purple.
The plant requires a light, fertile soil with a moderate acidic component, well drained.
It must be housed in bright areas, but preferably not under direct sunlight which could damage the corollas.
It requires frequent watering and fertilization with fertilizers rich in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
Violet for terrace furniture
It is a perennial herbaceous plant, flowery, small in size and widely used to fill ornamental pots. It has a herbaceous stem with a semi-prostrate shape, with a height of between 15 and 30 cm. The leaves are ovoid and roundish, of an intense green color. The flowers have a corolla with well-separated, rounded petals, with a characteristic purple color. The plant requires a very light soil, well drained and fertile due to the addition of peat and humus. It must be housed in shady and very cool areas as it fears the heat. We must water frequently, taking care not to soak the soil. It is advisable to fertilize with mature manure alternated with liquid fertilizers.