5 Great Planting Ideas for Balconies

5 Great Planting Ideas for Balconies

Short on space but still dreaming of a lush garden oasis? If you have a balcony or patio, this guide is for you! Here are five tips and tricks for creating your perfect balcony garden.

Tips for Gardening on a Balcony

  • Pots filled with wet compost can be heavy, so take care not to overload your balcony. Use plastic or fibreglass pots rather than terracotta, firmly secured so that they won’t blow away. Mixing vermiculite with compost will make it lighter and also improves drainage.
  • Use drip trays to stop your pots from dripping onto the balcony below when you water them.
  • Balconies are often exposed to sun and wind, meaning plants can dry out fast, so choose drought-tolerant plants and water them regularly. Putting up a windbreak such as bamboo matting will also help protect your plants from drying winds.

Five Great Planting Ideas for Balconies

  1. Herbs are a good choice for balcony gardens, as many are small enough to grow happily in pots. Lavender, thyme, rosemary, and sage are all Mediterranean plants that can cope with drought and are ideal for sunny balconies. For shady balconies, try mint, chives, and parsley.

  2. Strawberries grow well in pots on a sunny balcony, or in our 13" Everbearing Strawberry Hanging Baskets. Their three-lobed leaves are attractive even after you’ve eaten all the fruit! Once the fruit starts to ripen, you may need to protect the pots with chicken wire to stop birds from stealing all your strawberries before you can get to them. 

  3. Bedding plants flower for months and are very easy to care for. On sunny balconies, pots filled with Geraniums will give colour all summer and well into autumn. Begonias and Impatiens are great for shady spots. Replace your summer bedding with winter-flowering violas or cyclamens to give your pots colour through the colder months.

  4. Hostas will do well on a shady balcony in pots, and their bold leaves will add a lush tropical feel to your planting. On a balcony, you’re also less likely to have problems with slugs and snails eating your hostas, although these indefatigable creatures can climb surprisingly high, so keep an eye out for them!

  5. Add a tropical flair with hibiscus, bougainvillea, or Mandevilla. These sun-loving, heat-tolerant shrubs thrive in pots. Just remember to bring them indoors before the first frost.

You’ll find everything you need in our centre to turn your balcony into a haven of flowers and fragrance, come for a visit today!