As with any garden, the amount of direct and indirect sunlight it receives will impact which plants are best for your balcony. North-west facing balconies will be very hot and will require hardy plants, wheras south-facing balconies will require shade-loving plants.
North-facing balconies that enjoy plenty of sunshine are suitable for a wide range of plants, including flowering annuals, herbs and even vegetables. South- and east-facing balconies will suit shade tolerant plants like camellias and hydrangeas. If you’ve got a west-facing balcony, look for tough, heat and sun tolerant succulents or dwarf bougainvillea.
Make sure your balcony will be able to support the weight of your garden, especially if you’re planning to include heavy pots. There are now lightweight pots made of plastic composite materials that are absolutely perfect for small spaces and apartment balcony living. These include the Tuscan Path Stone Art range, which are a stone and plastic blend and the Tuscan Path Stream Lite range, which are a concrete and plastic blend. There is also the Tuscan Path Abbey pot, which is a fibreglass pot that is a lightweight and incredibly stylish option for balcony gardens or indoors.
Ensure adequate drainage
Your plants will always need a good drink to stay healthy. Make sure you use a good quality potting mix as it drains a lot better than garden soil. It’s also important to make sure your pots, containers and the balcony itself can drain properly.
Pots are tops
Pots are a great way to build a garden where space is at a premium or where an in-ground garden is not an option. As well as being a functional way to add some greenery, they can add some visual interest to an otherwise plain balcony or courtyard.
Pots filled with plants or flowers can give the impression that your outdoor space is larger than it actually is. You can even use pots on their own as a sculptural element or centrepiece. Tuscan Path have a great range of pots to choose from in a wide variety of designs, colours and styles.
Large pots are an attractive and stylish way to frame a doorway or entrance. While placing pots of various sizes can add some colour and life to an otherwise plain wall or balcony railing. On large patios, balconies or decks, potted greenlife can provide a visual link between your space and the outside world.
Create your garden
For more great balcony and courtyard garden ideas, check out our full range of pots from Tuscan Path.