Do you love flowering plants and want to grow them on your balcony? Follow all these Tips to Start a Balcony Flower Garden!
If you live in an apartment and don’t have a usual gardening space to grow flowers, then do not let it stop you from growing your favorite blooms. Have a look at some Essential Tips to Start a Balcony Flower Garden to make one for yourself!
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Tips to Start a Balcony Flower Garden
1. Three Important Factors
What kind of plants you would like to have in your balcony depends on three essential factors:
1. The Climate You are Living in – If you live in a tropical climate, you can’t grow flowers suitable for cold climates. You have to grow flowers that will do well in warm weather. For example, Hibiscus!
Similarly, for cold climates, you cannot grow flowers that are suitable for hot climates. Pick the ones that do well in cold weather like Camelia.
2. The Direction of Your Balcony and its Exposure to the Sun – If you have a south or west-facing balcony, it’s going to receive full sun, which is great for almost all flowering plants.
If you have an east-facing balcony, it’ll have partial daylight due to morning exposure to the sun. In that case, you can grow flowers that prefer part sun like Astilbe and Bleeding-Heart.
For a north-facing balcony, plant flowers that tolerate full shade like snowdrops, lily of the valley, hydrangea, and hostas.
3. How Much Time You Can Devote – This is another crucial factor that you must keep in mind before selecting plants.
If you are a working person, who often don’t find a time to stay at home, go for low-maintenance plants, you can even grow flowering succulents.
However, if you are someone who work from home or find time to be in home, then you can try growing demanding plants as you will have sufficient time to take care for them.
2. Start Small
If you have started recently, do not immediately fill up your balcony with so many plants. Give some time. Begin with 3 to 5 plants at a time. Once you have a green thumb, add more or else you’ll feel overwhelmed.
3. Choose Right Plants
In the beginning, buy 2-3 annuals and 2-3 perennials. Perennials that are native and most suitable in your climate are the first ones you should try. A rose is an all-time favorite though it requires maintenance, consider adding it.
Annuals are pretty easy to grow. Unlike perennials, they live for a short time and bloom prolifically. You can choose them according to the season, start with popular ones, and experiment.
Here are the best flowers you can grow in a balcony
4. Don’t Grow Annuals from Seeds
Unusual advice? Well, no! First, growing plants from seeds is not easy – it requires effort and time. Second, plants (annuals) take time when grown from seeds, and if you have not started the seeds at the right time, they will begin to flower late, maybe at the end of the season.
So for a small space like a balcony, it is better to buy potted plants, especially if you’re a beginner. Once you learn a bit, you can start growing plants from seeds.
5. Grow in Combinations
Don’t grow all your flowering plants alone, especially annuals. To make things interesting, create beautiful combination! The best way to start is to combine plants with colorful foliage plants and flowering species to add more drama to the space.
For a balcony flower garden, make one of the containers that follow Thriller Spiller Filler concept. Apart from flowers, you can also add succulents, foliage plants, and ornamental grasses with similar growing requirements.
Discover more about thriller-spiller-filler method here
To have a year-round flower garden on the balcony, choose plants that bloom at different times of the year. Buy annuals for every season and remove them once their blooming period ends. Keep perennials that bloom in different seasons.
You can even select a color palette having tones or shades of the same color or try contrasting colors to create a more beautiful vista.
See our guide on how to choose colors for a garden for help
9. Types of Pots
Buy containers of different size and use plant stands to create vertical interest in your balcony flower garden. When selecting containers, prefer not to have them in every other color you can find.
It’s important to have beautiful pots but they should always accentuate the beauty of plants.
10. Buy Accessories
Buy one or two small garden accessories to adorn your balcony flower garden. You can also mulch your plants with pebbles and colorful stones.
Adding a bird feeder or birdhouse in the balcony will invite different birds and the butterflies that will get attracted to the flowers.
11. Grow Flowers Vertically
One more balcony flower garden idea you can implement is starting a vertical garden–This will look modern and create more space for you to grow your favorite flowers. Check out these ideas here for inspiration.
12. Grow Aquatic Flowers
13. Add Fragrant Flowers
If you love scented plants, do not forget to add fragrant flowers like rose, lavender, jasmine, gardenia, and geranium to treat well one of your five senses!