The Best Flowers to Grow on Your Balcony
Bring Mother Nature’s gifts to your balcony with these five easy-to-grow blooms, ideal for small spaces.
Tending to a garden can be therapeutic and rewarding in equal measure. If your indoor-plant collection has well and truly inspired a green thumb, turning your balcony into a colourful oasis in full bloom could be your next gardening project. Growing flowers at home may seem like a daunting prospect but your local nursery will be able to give you expert advice on what’s best. It is worth knowing a few key factors before your visit. Know the conditions your prospective petals will grow – whether your balcony or small garden plot is north-facing, for instance. Have an idea of what colours you’d like to see and how harmonious they are together in a palette. Think about hardier, studier blooms that can withstand the elements, while dwarf varieties may be the way to go as they’re easier to be maintained and contained. Here are a few of our favourite easy-to-grow flowers for your consideration.
A perennial favourite, lavender is striking not only for its elegant form of silvery-grey foliage offset by purple flowers. The fragrance is instantly calming and makes for a brilliant flower to grow at home. This low-maintenance flower requires a sunny spot and well-drained soil to reward you with aromatic blooms for much of the year. It’s well-suited to both warm climates and cool regions, and can even be placed in a pot or planter as a feature. Trimming dead growth will encourage new long-term blooms, too, and once established, is incredibly tolerant so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the enriching scent and pretty lilac flowers for years to come.
Another easy-to-grow at home flower is the friendly pansy. Annual flowers, pansies can be grown from seed or seedlings and tend to grow through one season but give so much bang for their buck, with a burst of blooms over from the latter end of winter through to even early summer. Suited for a garden bed, they’re also a great candidate to be planted in a pot or hanging basket, making your delightful petals easy to maneuver and feature when in bloom. They love a sunny position though can also grow in partial shade, but require well-drained soil to really come into their own and reveal beautiful full-faced petals in a kaleidoscope of hues.
The bold-yellow, full-fronted charm of a sunflower easily delights but did you know that these bright blooms are incredibly easy to grow at home? If you’re going to give your balcony a distinctively sunny disposition though, best to go with a dwarf variety as sunflowers can grow as high as three metres and will not do well on a windy balcony. The smaller varieties have the added bonus of offering a slightly different take on the traditional Van Gogh-depicted version – the ‘Teddy Bear’ variety offers a plume of tiny petals. Again, these blooms will reach for the skies in well-drained soil in a full-sun location.
For a hardy balcony flower, it’s hard to go past sedums with these close-growth spray of mini white, pink or yellow blooms backed by fleshy green trailing succulent foliage. There are more than 400 species of sedum so there’s bound to be one you’ll fall in love with. These low-maintenance, drought-tolerant plants can withstand the harshest of elements but need to be established in well-drained soil in a sunny or partially shaded spot to promote growth. Planted in a bordering garden bed, you could have a feature sculptural trail of succulent leaves hanging over your balcony edge.
Speaking of balcony edges, the vibrant blooms of a trailing bougainvillea is a nostalgic sight over the warmer months. You can conjure this same feeling on your balcony with a dwarf variety planted in a terracotta pot or a hanging basket with well-drained soil so it’s easily maintained; in a small garden plot, you can plant it directly into a bed and it’ll barely need any attending to. A sunny, sheltered spot is the place to pop it, and you could even train the bougainvillea against a sun-exposed wall for a real garden feature element. This robust flower is extremely adaptable to conditions, needing full sun and a bit of pruning to keep producing pops of colour.
Growing flowers at home on your balcony or in a small garden can be done with the right bloom choices to match the elements, conditions and vision of your garden oasis. Here, we detail a few easy-to-grow flowers that will reward you with colour, pretty petals and plenty of interest. If you’re keen on an indoor garden, have a look at our guide to the plants you should have within your place and if you’re looking for more gardening ideas for your balcony, here are our pick of edible plants to grow and cultivate.
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