There is room for nature throughout the city – even on your own balcony! Balcony gardens are places to relax, but you can also grow herbs and vegetables in them and increase species diversity. They also filter harmful particulate matter and improve the microclimate. Our sample balconies show three different planting types: a planting which is not very close to nature; one that enriches our kitchen while looking good and one that primarily offers animals a food source and a habitat. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to get more nature near your living room.

Balcony A: Simple conventional greening

When growing geraniums and petunias, appearance is everything. The flowers often lack pollen and nectar and have no food to offer bees or butterflies attracted by the bright colours. Only the use of elaborately produced mineral fertilisers ensures lasting flowers.

Balcony B: Culinary delights

Balcony boxes are very suitable for growing seasonal vegetables or fruit plants. These plants always offer something to snack on, from spring to autumn. Insects can feast on nectar and pollen, and the scent of aromatic herbs evokes Mediterranean holiday feelings. The culinary balcony garden even contributes to improving the urban climate.

Balcony C: Colourful bee pasture

Variety is balm for the soul! The colours and shapes of the plants change from week to week. Insects find food and birds find nesting material as well as the occasional snack until autumn. Since many plants are perennial or self-seeding, you only have to fill in the gaps on your balcony box the following year rather than completely replant it.

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