European Flower Window Boxes
If you’ve ever been to Germany, Switzerland, or Austria you will have noticed something… many of the houses and buildings have window boxes full of beautiful flowers. Other European countries have mastered the window box, but not quite like those living in the Alpine region!
They are also called balcony flowers, as seen below on the balconies:
|in Tirol, Austria|
Aren’t they beautiful? I took all of these pictures on my trip to Germany, Switzerland, and Austria in 2013.
|the world’s largest cuckoo clock!|
The flowers in the boxes are typically geraniums and ivy.
There are several types of “balcony geraniums”. The ones below are part of the “minicascade” type of geraniums. They trail about 2 feet and bloom like crazy.
The ones featured below appear to be part of the “midcascade” type. They are a little bit fluffier than the ones above!
|in Strasbourg, France|
The ones below are part of the Balcon series. They are large, up to 4 feet! As you can see, they create huge masses of color!
|isn’t this house super cute? It is in Bavaria.|
I love how every little window gets a planter box! It takes a house from drab to fab!
Red is the favorite color, but sometimes people plant other colors. Pink is below!
|in Triberg, Germany|
The great part about these balcony geraniums is that they survive the heat of Summer when others can’t.
I wish more houses in America would have planter boxes in front of every window!
I love the double layer of flowers on this building below
The hotel we stayed at in Austria even had balcony flowers for every room! I still can’t believe I visited this place!
|Interalpen Hotel, Austria|
I found this pretty house on houzz, which is a modern interpretation of French Provencal style. I love that it incorporates everything that I love… French style, German window boxes, European working shutters, AND it is single story!
You can’t find these special geraniums at every nursery. You have to do a special search for them. Look for “balcon geraniums”, “cascade geraniums”, or “alpine geraniums”