Posted: 31/08/2017 at 18:09
Hosta! Had to resist the urge to say autumn frocks and trousers.
I don't get the magazine either so don't know if it's talking about flowering plants or edibles but, for a balcony, I'd have permanent pots of herbs such as rosemary, sage, thyme, French tarragon and maybe bay if it doesn't get too cold and then next spring I'd sow parsley, basil and coriander in window boxes.
For vegetables, I'd try cavolo nero, curly kale, Swiss chard and rocket plus some other salad leaves and maybe even pak choi.
I wouldn't sow flowers now for a balcony but I'd be looking for spring bulbs in containers with hardy cyclamen and/or winter pansies or violas for colour and maybe some foliage interest from heucheras. Nothing too tall or fragile if the balconies are exposed to winter winds and cold.