Decorating your balconies with florals is a wise choice and also a unique way to welcome your guests. But do you have any idea as to which flowers can bring your verandah to life? Here are some of the options:
Plants in the Allium family, such as the dramatic Allium giganteum whose flower heads adorn stalks up to 6 feet tall, are regarded as a broad-spectrum natural insecticide. They repel numerous insects that plague vegetable gardens, including slugs, aphids, carrot flies and cabbage worms. Plants that will benefit from the proximity of alliums include tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi and carrots. They also will keep aphids off rose bushes. Alliums include small-growing herbs such as chives and garlic chives, leeks and shallots.
Chrysanthemums repel roaches, ants, Japanese beetles, ticks, silverfish, lice, fleas, bedbugs, spider mites, harlequin bugs and root-knot nematodes. The ingredient in chrysanthemums that makes them so effective as an insect-repelling companion plant is pyrethrum. Because pyrethrums can kill flying and jumping insects, they are used in Australia’s home and garden insecticides and are frequently used in indoor sprays, pet shampoos and aerosol bombs. Although chrysanthemum flowers can be used to make an insecticidal spray, pyrethrum can be carcinogenic to humans and care should be taken in using them in this form. Make sure you know the risks.
The scent from various types of marigolds repel aphids & mosquitoes. The roots of marigolds are well-known among farmers to repel nematodes, though those qualities require a year to take effect. Marigolds are grown annually in most parts of the country, mixed along the border of flower beds or interspersed throughout a vegetable garden as they can also spur on the growth of certain plants, especially roses. To decorate your balconies with bunch of marigolds contact with a florist in Trafalgar. Although marigolds are easy to grow in sunny locations, they can fall victim to gray mould, several types of leaf spot, powdery mildew, damping off and root rot.
Nasturtiums repel whiteflies, squash bugs, aphids, many beetles and cabbage loopers. They could be considered the poster child for companion planting, which is growing a variety of plants close to one another for the benefits each brings to the others. Nasturtiums release an airborne chemical that repels predacious insects, protecting not just the nasturtium but other plants in the grouping. Because many of the insects nasturtiums repel feed on vegetables — tomatoes, cucumbers, kale, kohlrabi, collards, broccoli, cabbage and radishes — nasturtiums are an idea choice for planting along the edges of mini vegetable gardens. Fortunately, nasturtiums do not repel the all-important pollinator — the bumblebee.
Petunias shoo away aphids, tomato hornworms, asparagus beetles, leafhoppers and squash bugs. Some people think of petunias as nature’s pesticide. They are popular mostly because they are available in a variety of bright colors, and require such minimal maintenance that they are almost foolproof to grow and can be grown in garden beds, containers or hanging baskets. Plant them in sunny areas.
Thus, choose from among these when decorating your balcony or even patio with flowers.