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Balcony Gardening

Updated on June 8, 2014

Got a balcony? Got a garden!

Just because you live in a unit , flat or apartment and don't have much space doesn't mean you can't enjoy watching things grow. You can not only have your very own balcony garden but you can have an amazing one.

Although I have never really been a 'plant fanatic' (like my mother who was born with 2 green thumbs), I like my surroundings to be neat tidy and green and I love watching things grow. You don't need to know too much about plants to have a great balcony garden. I just enjoy entertaining and being outdoors.

Image by Fern at Life On The Balcony

*All images on this lens have been used with permission.

Choosing your plants - What is best for your balcony garden?

There really are no "right" plants for your balcony garden (although monstrous towering plants won't go so well). You can grow almost anything in containers on your balcony including herbs, vegetables, flowers and shrubs (and for the things you can't, make bonsai's!).

Growing plants which you can eat would be the best place to start if you are pressed for space and there really is so much satisfaction in growing, cooking and eating herbs and produce you have grown yourself.

Be smart with your space

Think outside the box when you start planning your balcony garden and remember, it will not matter what the size of your space but rather how you use the space!

  • Think up and down rather than flat bed gardens

  • Grow vines and climbers on an arbour, arch or trellis

  • Create your own piece of garden furniture which can help you create space

  • Choose the right colours for containers - the lighter, the larger

DIY pallet garden - Make your own - pallets are free!

Image by Fern at Life On The Balcony
Image by Fern at Life On The Balcony

If you are creating or making your own planters or furniture and don't want to spend much money (or any) on timber, use pallets! They are free and many home hardware stores want them to be taken away.

Build It! With Pallets
Build It! With Pallets

Get some great pallet garden ideas.


Gardens on all sides - Save space with innovative vertical gardens.

Image by Earth Friendly Landscapes
Image by Earth Friendly Landscapes

Growing herbs in your balcony garden - Just eat it!

Herbs are a great choice for you balcony garden. My top 10 herbs for everyday cooking are:

1. Basil

2. Parsley

3. Oregano

4. Rosemary

5. Mint

6. Thyme

7. Coriander (aka cilantro)

8. Chives

9. Sage

10. Taragon

Portable plant containers - Move your plants in and out of the sun as you please

Image by My Urbio
Image by My Urbio

Urbio is rather cool. Each pot is magnetic so can be detached and rearranged. If you would prefer to purchase rather than make your balcony garden containers this would be a great first option. You can move your pots inside and out convenient for easy watering.

Get your own Urbio system for your garden

Urbio Big Happy Family Wall Planters
Urbio Big Happy Family Wall Planters

Get one for yourself you give Urbio as a gift. You can also pick up smaller sets to fill your urbio wall.


Some great balcony gardening stuff

Jump Start 4' T5 Grow Light System (Stand, Fixture & Tube)
Jump Start 4' T5 Grow Light System (Stand, Fixture & Tube)

If you don't get much sun on your balcony, light it up with some full spectrum lighting. Also perfect for your indoor garden.

Backyard Expressions 72-Inch by 24-Inch Metal Gothic Trellis
Backyard Expressions 72-Inch by 24-Inch Metal Gothic Trellis

Gardening upwards just got easier. Place this Gothic style trellis in a rectangle pot so it can be moved to different areas of your balcony garden.

Panacea Products Narrow Forged Twig Trellis with Leaves, Black
Panacea Products Narrow Forged Twig Trellis with Leaves, Black

This leaf trellis is perfect for pots on your balcony.


More great planters for your balcony garden

Tell me about your balcony garden

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    • Kimdracula profile image

      Kimdracula 4 years ago

      @Ganool LM: Hi! :)

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      Ganool LM 4 years ago

      Hello there. Im newbie here. Just want to say "hi" by the way :)

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      LadyDuck 5 years ago

      Great Lens, these gardening ideas are great.

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      Genesis Davies 5 years ago from Guatemala

      I actually live in a house with a yard, but it is extremely tiny and has terrible soil. I want to do a vertical garden so the dogs won't get into it.

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      GardenIdeasHub LM 5 years ago

      I lived in an apartment years ago and the only thing that kept me from going crazy in a small space was the balcony garden.

      Since I used containers it was easy to move the garden when I moved into my home.

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      Kimdracula 5 years ago

      @RyanBlock: Agreed! Even if a balcony garden (or any garden really) does have a lot of space, gardening vertically looks great.

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      Kimdracula 5 years ago

      @captainj88: If you are going to turn a pallet into a garden, make sure it is near the spot you finally want positioned because once filled with soil they are VERY heavy!

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      Kimdracula 5 years ago

      @SusannaDuffy: The apartment we are in right now has extremely high ceilings so I cannot hang anything from the balcony roof. We are moving house soon so I will be looking for somewhere with 'hanging appeal' for our next balcony garden.

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      Kimdracula 5 years ago

      @oztoo lm: Yes, I absolutely love the Urbio system. It's pretty AND functional :)

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      Kimdracula 5 years ago

      @justmelucy: More balcony gardening to come!

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      justmelucy 5 years ago

      Another great lens. I don't have a balcony but know plenty who do. I love the reuse of the pallet. Don't forget tomatoes do great on a porch or balcony. Plus it's so nice to have a garden ripe tomato. Oh and herbs too.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      My parents have lovely warm-weather potted plants on their balcony in south Florida. I like the idea of converting pallets.

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      RyanBlock 5 years ago

      Being able to garden vertically is critical, at least it was in my last small apartment it is the only way to get a substantial amount of plants going.

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      oztoo lm 5 years ago

      Great ideas for balcony gardening. The Urbio system is quite unique. I,m afraid my garden is very neglected lately.

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      Susanna Duffy 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Mine is a front porch garden, with containers hanging from the top of the veranda, and pots sort of stuck all over the rest of the space. I've just supervised a thick screen netting over it all, warm weather is starting and my porch faces due west