Terrace plants

Question: plants for the terrace

I have to plant shrubs in 100x40x40 planters on a terrace exposed in full sun. How can I combine the various plants so that they can live together? We live in Lombardy. Thanks for your attention

Plants for terraces: Answer: plants for the terrace

Dear Maria Luisa,
when choosing plants for the same vase, follow a few simple rules, the first of all is your taste: choose plants that you like, since the terrace is yours and every single day you will come out on the terrace and enjoy your own plants; often this simple trick is left out, and listening to the nurseryman, we return home with plants that convince us little. So, first of all I suggest you go to a nice nursery full of plants and take a look at what you like, the colors you prefer, foliage and textures of the various plants. Once this is done, among the various plants you have chosen, make a selection of plants that have similar needs: to stay in the same pot two plants must necessarily share cultivation needs: first of all they must love direct sunlight (since your terrace it is very well exposed), and then they will need a similar soil and similar watering. For example, if you find gaultheria to be beautiful, choose other plants that like acid soil, like heather or azaleas. If, on the contrary, you decide for plants that prefer a not particularly acidic soil, forget about any acidophilic plants, because the acidic soil is a fundamental condition for these plants. Since your plants will live on a well-exposed terrace, but at the same time protected by the house, even if you live in Lombardy, consider that you will be able to plant a beautiful jasmine (and I mean a real jasmine, not a trachelospermum) in the pots, if you are concerned that can suffer, you can think of the trachelospermum (also called jasmine evergreen), they are climbing plants (so you will have to have the space to make them grow, like a trellis) that give us splendid blooms and do not fear frost too much, so they will not need winter covering . If you choose jasmine, you can combine it with what you prefer: cotoneaster, pyracantha, roses, viburnum, calla lilies, shrub jasmine with yellow flowers, nandina, pittosporum. If you decide for plants of a certain size, consider that in each vase you will put at most two, because over the years they will tend to expand; or ask if in the nursery they have at their disposal some dwarf varieties, which are better suited to life in pots. Once you have chosen a couple of shrubs for each vase, you can accompany them to some small ground cover plants, such as little roses or most of the perennials that you find in the nursery, they will cover the surface of the vase, guaranteeing even a little protection from the insolation and giving vessels a more natural appearance. Remember that your plants will only have the earth contained in the pots, so choose it with excellent quality and good drainage.