Plants for West and East Facing Balcony Garden

Do you own a West or an East facing balcony? What are the plants you should grow there? Learn about plants for both East facing and West facing balconies in this article.

Plants for East Facing BalconyPlants for east faced balcony

East facing balcony receives 6 to 8 hours of sun, often between 8 am. to 1 pm., benefit of such balcony is that you can save your plants from harsh afternoon sun.


East facing balconies are better to grow flowers that loves tender sunlight. If exposure of sun is about 6 hours, you can grow geraniums and hollyhocks. Daisies, daffodils, lilies, cosmos and verbena are good choice too.
Pansies love these growing conditions, nemesia is one more flower that you can grow in hanging baskets.
Petunias and lobelias can be grown too, except north facing balconies, which remain shady all the time, most of the flowers are common. Miniature roses can be tried too.

Some beautiful blue flowered plants you can grow are Stretocarpus (cape primrose) and butterfly pea vine (for tropics)
One more everblooming perennial is catharanthus, it blooms in many colors, throughout the spring, summer and fall. In warm regions it blooms year round and likes the eastern exhibition.

Also Read:  Flowers for Balcony garden


On east facing balcony, where sun shines from morning to early afternoon, you can grow almost all the herbs you like, in wide planters and window boxes.
Eastern exposure of sun provides the favorable growing conditions to herbs and if you own such balcony, .

Also Read: Windowsill herb garden


Main benefit of east facing balcony is that it doesn’t receive harsh sun.
Among the vegetables, it is best to grow miniature (cherry) tomatoes, peppers, garlic, green onions, peas, zucchini and spinach.

Also Read: Balcony Vegetable Garden


Grow common morning glory, its blue colored large cup-shaped flowers looks exquisite when open up to greet the morning sun.
Other climbers you can grow are Black-eyed Susan, bleeding heart, clematis and sweet pea vine.

Also Read: Tips for Balcony Garden


For the greenery, grow dwarf conifers, these will cover up the exposed space of your balcony and provide an amazing look.

Plants for West Facing Balconyplants for west faced balcony

West facing balcony garden is quite similar to south facing balcony, here sun shines in its peak for about 6-8 hours and except tender shade loving plants, you can plant almost anything.

On the west balcony you can grow lot of sun loving Mediterranean and tropical potted plants. Lot of planting options is available for west facing balcony. For more info see South facing balcony garden plants.

Also Read: South Facing Balcony Plants


  1. I have a south facing balcony two blocks due east of the Atlantc.This summer’s heat has caused my geraniums to not do well.Do you thing Morning Glories will survive in hot,sunny,sometimes salty breezes on my wee balcony?Thank you.Sarah

    • Sarah, as someone who planted morning glories because my Mother said her Mother loved blue morning glories. I can swear they can grow in the north, south, east or west. I didn’t have a balcony, I had a very big yard. I fought morning glories for 15 years until I sold my house. I have pictures. But they are real pictures and I don’t know how to post them. If they are your only flower on your balcony they will work just fine. Just don’t stand still very long or they will curl around your legs. Other than that they do make a showy vine. Carrelll

  2. Sarah, I have grown morning glories for years and years on my blazing hot balcony. They’ve done quite well except for the last 2 summers where they’ve died because, I believe that, our summers are getting much hotter and it takes a toll on the plant. In fact, this year I’m looking for a replacement for my morning glories. :-(

  3. My deck is face south west but has a top cover, so not sure about 6 hours of sun bc shade from “roof” over deck?? Same with front porch flowers.. which faces north east?

    It’s a seashore area maybe 7 blocks from ocean and 1 block from bay.

    Can you help with what flowers might do best.


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