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How to Choose the Right Plant for your Balcony

06 Dec 2022

 

As big houses with conspicuous lawns and lush backyards make way for modern-day apartments, the balcony remains the only space that connects us with the outdoors. Since our frenzied lifestyles barely leave us any time for ourselves, we understand if you want to unwind by squatting down amidst lush greenery. So we cheer you to read on and discover how your balcony can truly be your gateway to the leafy island. (Yeah! We said it!)

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PLANTS FOR YOUR BALCONY:

You’ll surely love to have a thriving, modern garden on your balcony. One which delivers all the valuable perks of greenery without ever being messy and chaotic. It lends that additional blanket of sheer elegance, breathing freshness, and color that just sets your home apart. But what are the right plants to grace this dream balcony of yours? While it’s easy to fall head over heels for a plant at the nursery or online and buy it on a whim, it’s best to do some homework beforehand. Let us give you a quick rundown of the factors you would need to consider on your way to evergreen bliss!
 

Bearing the above pointers in mind, it’s time to find which plants fit perfectly into your balcony setting!

BEST PLANTS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR BALCONY 

From floor plants and vertical gardens to herbs and greens that can be hung on the grills, there are ample alternatives once you decide to revamp your balcony. Below we have carefully curated a list of beautiful balcony plants that will give your aerial garden a complete makeover! Take a look.

Hanging Plants

 

This bright, beautiful flowering plant is ideal for pepping up your balcony with color and fragrance. With their voluminous, cascading flowers petunias look incredible in hanging baskets or chic hanging planters.

 Boston Ferns- Hanging Plants- Leafy Island

These elegant ferns with frilly leaves and hanging fronds work wonders in baskets dangling from your balcony’s ceiling. While hanging from the grills in pastel containers, they make even small balconies look lush and vibrant with greenery

 Money Plant- Plants for Hanging Basket- Leafy Island

This easy-growing houseplant is a staple in every balcony garden. It comes in variegated shades of green and yellow, and also has air-purifying properties. Hang it in decorative baskets or planters to bring prosperity and good luck.
 

Floor Plants

 Dahlia- Flowering Plant- Leafy Island

The gorgeous and radiant Dahlia is a florist’s favorite. It blooms in a myriad of shades including red, orange, pink, white, and purple. Arrange a few dahlias on the floor together to create a scintillating visual on your balcony.

 Gerbera- Floor Plants- Leafy Island

Gerbera is a vibrant, low-maintenance daisy that brings a dash of color wherever it goes. The beautiful, prominent petals on this one make it a lovely addition to any apartment balcony. 

 Chrysanthemum- Floor Plants- Leafy Island 

One of the most popular and attractive flowering plants, chrysanthemums add oodles of dynamism to your balcony with a wide range of colors. These plants are perfect for creating a flower bed for your dream garden. 

Vertical Garden Plants

 English Ivy- Hanging Plants- Leafy Island

These evergreen vines are commonly used for covering stone or brick walls on building exteriors to impart a lush, sophisticated vibe to the surrounding. You can duplicate the same effect on your balcony by creating a beautiful ivy wall. 

 Syngonium- Vertical Gardening- Leafy Island

Syngoniums are hardy, miniature plants that can grow into long vines over time. With their variegated dense foliage, these plants are keen on decking up your balcony garden walls.

Alocasia- Vetrtical Gardening- Leafy Island

Alocasia draws instant attention as vertical wall plants with their bold, arrowhead-shaped leaves. Find a warm, bright spot for these stunning tropical greens and mist them regularly for the best growth.

Succulent/Ornamental Plants

 Haworthia- Succulents- Leafy Island

Compact and elegant, Haworthia reserves the distinction of being a fantastic conversation starter. Similar to the beloved aloe plant, this charming polka-dotted succulent shows a red tinge when placed under full sun. 

Echeveria- Succulent- Leafy Island

Bring home a set of these tiny, adorable plants to evoke a chirpy vibe in your balcony garden. These make for truly alluring displays when planted in bright-colored mini-pots along the parapet of the balcony.

Sedum- Succulent- Leafy Island

This long-trailing succulent is grown widely as an ornamental plant in terrace and balcony gardens. Sedums have thick, fleshy leaves and bear yellow flowers during summer and spring. Drape them in large hanging baskets and accompany them with other colorful succulents.

Herbal/Kitchen Garden Plants

Rosemary- Kitchen Garden- Leafy Island
 

Extremely aromatic and sun-loving, the rosemary thrives in balcony gardens. It is a versatile herbal plant that is used as a culinary seasoning and has a lot of medicinal properties. Add some spice to your home (and life;)) with this kitchen essential!

 Mint- Kitchen Garden- Leafy Island

What kitchen garden is complete without the savory Mint herb? Mint is widely used in cuisines, herbal teas, and medicines. It is also an excellent air freshener and mosquito repellent. You're doing yourself a huge favor by growing this handy plant on your balcony!

BUILDING YOUR OWN BALCONY GARDEN

Yes! Now you have all the necessary ingredients to begin modeling your ultimate green escape. But don’t rush to get it done! The pitfalls you might encounter on a balcony are different from the traditional garden landscape. Here, we bring you a step-wise guide to circumvent the challenges of transforming your balcony from a dull, dreary wasteland into a lush, fragrant, and lively garden.

  1. Just like designing any other space in your home, it’s imperative to first visualize the structure or the appeal you’re looking to build. This way you’ll be able to choose the right color palette and plant arrangements to get the aesthetics on point.
  2. Depending on your vision and the space you’re endowed with, make a rough estimate of the investment required for your balcony makeover. Now you’re in control of your dream project!
  3. Put together a list of hanging plants, floor plants, wall pants, or herbal plants that you’ll need. You can go for low-maintenance plants if you want it easy. Or if you’re feeling ambitious, you can go for the fancier varieties!
  4. Pick containers and pots made of plastic, metal, or ceramic, since earthen pots tend to dry out faster. Acquire your fertilizers and garden supplies to ensure healthier, longer-living plants.
  5. Lastly, be careful not to add too much weight to your balcony garden. Strong winds or heavy showers may call for moving your plants to shelter. Also, keep in mind that your plants will grow. So make sure you bring them home smaller than the ones you ultimately want. 

You’re good to go – it’s time to get planting! Initially, you may want to pick just a couple of plants, but once these conquer your heart, your balcony will want more. We recommend keeping tougher varieties like Echeveria, Money plant, or Syngoniums first and gradually start introducing flowers to the mix. You can raise the bar by adding stylish hanging baskets and aesthetic planters. Slowly but surely, this will become the most alive and happening spot in your home!

Author: Siddharth Sharma

About the Author: Siddharth is a budding economics enthusiast and fervent admirer of the written word. He would love to see the world filled with innovative ventures and restore its pristine habitats to their once dignified glory. When he's not writing, you can find him whipping up a delectable, wholesome meal. Siddharth is also a devoted plant parent and feels blessed to call Jaipur home.