How to Choose Plants for My Balcony

How to Choose Plants for My Balcony

Not everyone can enjoy a garden at home, in which to plant trees and flowers that always bring life to a yard. Many houses or apartments only have a balcony or terrace that, in smaller dimensions, may act as a garden where plants serve as decoration. The most complicated part of this task is not usually caring for the plants on our balcony, but choosing them properly depending on the characteristics of the terrace or balcony. And that's because not all plants resist the sun or the lack of sun, few can resist longer without water than others, etc. So you can choose the right way, we have some tips on oneHOWTO so you can choose plants for your balcony.

Very sunny balconies

If your balcony receives direct sun for most of the day, you have to choose plants that require light and resist heat well. Some you can choose from are:

  • Geraniums: You can hang them on the railing of the garden or in planters.
  • Petunias: must be protected from wind.
  • Tulips: You can combine different colours and get a nice result. Check here how to plant and care for tulips.
  • Roses: There are climbing roses that can be put in bars and columns; shrubs, flower pots and pots to the rim, and miniature planters who prefer borders. We recommend consulting how to care for a rose and how to prune roses.
  • Orange Trees: If you have enough space, they look great in corners. Learn how to plant an orange tree from seed in this article.

Shaded balconies

If your balcony or terrace is not exposed to the sun, plants and flowers that serve as decoration can be:

  • Begonias: You can combine different colours in small boxes and put them on the rail or on window sills.
  • Balsam: must always be protected from cold winds.
  • Camelias: Require humidity and ventilation.

Partially sunny balconies

For those balconies that receive sun during part of the day and shade for the rest, you should decorate with plants such as:

  • Hydrangeas: It is advisable to protect them from the afternoon sun and cold winds.
  • Bellflowers: You have to place it on the east side of the terrace; that is, the one with morning sun.
  • Fuchsia: Spectacular hanging baskets are placed in the balcony railings.
  • Laurel: We can also opt for this shrub which we use in the kitchen. You have to protect it from the cold dry winds.


If you have a grill or place for vines to climb, you can decorate our terrace or balcony with:

  • Begnonias
  • Bougainvillea
  • Celestines
  • Ivy
  • Jasmines
  • Cape honeysuckle

Aromatic and culinary

Another option to decorate our balcony is with aromatic plants, they usually adapt very well to all conditions and also delight us with their smell and we can use them in the kitchen. Some examples are recommended and if you click on them you can see how to best grow these plants at home:

  • Basil
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage

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  • Choose the plants in your balcony or terrace depending on the features.