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The so-called "terrace plants" are species suitable for cultivation even on very small outdoor areas, as can be precisely the terrace or balcony. On the terrace, in fact, potted plants should be placed, both in flower and in green leaf. Among these you can also find wonderful climbing species, shrubs or herbaceous varieties. Although, theoretically, the choice of terrace plants can be very wide, in practice it must be limited to those that are best suited to the conditions of exposure and temperature of the terrace itself. An outdoor area facing north requires plants that like shady locations, while one facing south must be decorated with plants that are very resistant to sun and drought. The available floor area also affects the number of vases and the type of plants to be placed. In general the ideal plants for the terrace are the evergreens and the perennials. Easy to grow, these plants require little care and do not require annual repotting. Among the evergreen herbaceous plants suitable for the terrace we remember the rodiola, the lavender, the periwinkle, the hellebore, the lewisia, the sedum, the liripe muscari, the hypericum, the thyme, but also the passionflower, the plumbago, the clematis, l heather and honeysuckle. These last species, in winter, lose their leaves and tend to dry out, so, in terraces facing north, they must be moved to covered places. For a greater decorative effect and to create shaded areas, climbing plants can also be used. These species grow horizontally or upwards, climbing walls and falling on the balcony. To remain in a "climbing" position, the species of the same name also need supports, poles and pylons, which, in addition to guaranteeing their healthy growth, allow the creation of precisely shielded areas protected from the eyes of others and the sun's rays. Classic terrace climbers include ivy, bell, hydrangea, wisteria, rhododendron and bounganville. On a terrace, shrubby plants such as oleander, hibiscus, mimosa and leccino olive cannot be missed. The evergreens grow healthy and lush if planted in a soil with sand and peat. The shrubs resist drought well, but need to be abundantly watered. The vases on which to place the terrace plants they must be proportionate to the size of the roots. To avoid frequent repotting, it is better to choose fairly large containers.