At first glance, a balcony garden might seem no different than a typical container garden: you have a small outdoor space and a few potted plants to let everyone know that this is where home meets nature. Then you recognize the challenges of balcony gardening:
Which flowers survive gusts of wind and changing shadows?
Can the balcony support the weight of the containers and their contents?
How can I water the plants without drenching the tenants downstairs?
Does my garden look as appealing to passers-by as it does to me?
What happens when winter comes?
Learn more about how to create a successful flower garden when you don’t have a planting spot in the ground, and how to turn a few potted plants into your urban paradise.
Flowers for balcony gardens
Flowers that thrive in alpine or rock gardens are also ideal candidates for balcony gardens. Like alpine environments, balconies are exposed to unbuffered winds, and these flowers’ succulent leaves and low profile protect them from drying out and breaking. Alpine flowers also require less water, making them low maintenance and less likely to drip onto the neighbors below. Use Armeria Sea Pink for a cushion of bright pink blooms in late spring. Delosperma, the hardy ice plant, produces daisy-like flowers over a long period of time. Dianthus blossoms will cheer you up with a spicy scent. Penstemon can attract passing bees and butterflies.
If you’re not willing to use perennials, choose drought-tolerant annuals that don’t need a fuss to thrive. Vinca are self-cleaning plants; there is no need to kill them. Millions of bells look like miniature petunias and can withstand a downpour.