Best Balcony Plants: 8 Outdoor Plants To Spruce The Space

Balcony plants can add a touch of color and an exotic feeling. Whether it is a big or tiny balcony space, you can extend the beauty of your indoors to outdoors.

Balcony plants

However, there is a lot to consider when picking the best plant for a balcony. Knowing how much sunlight the balcony receives in a day is an example of such. 

Lavandula angustifolia 

Lavandula angustifolia 
Botanical Name Lavandula angustifolia
Common Names English Lavender, True Lavender, Lavender
Origin Mediterranean 
Family Lamiaceae
Plant Type Perennial, Flowering plant 

The English Lavenders are perfect plants for a sunny balcony, as they do love exposure to full sun to produce their stunning blooms. 

They are easy to take care of as they also possess little watering needs and are and do well in small balconies where they don’t take up too much space. 

With proper access to direct sunlight, the Lavandula angustifolia produces beautiful light purple flowers that are blessed with a nice scent.

Be careful when planting them on your balcony, as they could be harmful to children and pets when ingested in large quantities.

Any well-draining potting soil should be great for the English Lavender flowering plant. 

Hardy Fuchsia

Hardy Fuchsia
Botanical Name Fuchsia magellanica
Common Names Hardy Fuchsia, Hummingbird Fuchsia
Origin South America
Family Onagraceae
Plant Type Flowering plant, Trailing Annual

Hardy Fuchsia is an annual, trailing flowering plant that would require more of a hanging basket than a balcony planter box.

It can be found growing in the lower regions of South America, however, there countries like Tahiti and New Zealand are known to produce some species of the Fuchsia magellanica. 

It features eye-catching reddish pink blooms that are surrounded by stiff, tailing dark green stalks.

When growing the hardy Fuchsia, provide adequate access to bright but filtered sunlight and regular watering would be needed. 

Fertilizing should be done once a month except for winter seasons when the plant goes into dormancy.  

Marigold

Marigold
Botanical Name Tegetes
Common Names Marigold, English Marigold 
Origin Guatemala and Mexico
Family Asteraceae
Plant Type Perennial , Flowering plant

Members of the Tegetes genus are often regarded as full sun balcony plants as they require direct exposure to sunlight to produce their gorgeous blooms. 

Known for their brightly colored flowers that range from yellow to gold to red. Their dark green leaves produce a pungent aromatic scent and they are the best plants for apartment patio spaces. 

They require a well-draining potting soil that retains little moisture and is rich in compost. It  should be watered once a week or perhaps 2 weeks.  

When growing the Tegetes plants, ensure you keep them away from the reach of pets and children as they are toxic when eaten. 

Crassula ovata

Crassula ovata
Botanical Name Crassula ovata
Common Names Jade plant, Money plant, Money tree
Origin Mozambique and South Africa
Family Crassulaceae
Plant Type Succulent, Evergreen shrub

The features of the Jade Plant is short oblong foliage that is dark green and fleshy when touched. It hangs on woody stems that are thick and resembles a small tree. 

It should be grown in outdoor balcony planters or a mid-sized pot and placed on a small balcony as it doesn’t take up too much space. 

Considered a low-maintenance plant as little watering is required during all seasons except for spring. It can survive in any light intensity (full or filtered), however, ensure it is bright and adequate. 

Whatever soil type used is acceptable to the Crassula ovata, ensure it is well-draining and rich in organic compost. 

Keep the potted Crassula ovata plant away from the reach of kids and pets as they contain calcium oxalate crystals that are toxic to them when eaten.   

Tropaeolum

Tropaeolum
Botanical Name Tropaeolum
Common Names Nasturtium
Origin South America
Family Tropaeolaceae
Plant Type Herbaceous Flowering plant 

Tropaeolum genus is home to over 50 different species of attractive plants that flourish in mountainous terrains in the South American continent.

Known for its eye-catching bright colored blooms of orange, red and yellow that are carried by thin dark-green colored stalks with dark-green leaves to match. 

The flowers produce sweet nectar and are known to be edible, being used in salad dishes to offer a peppery taste. 

They are good balcony plants that grow in compact balconies with sufficient access to direct sunlight. Frequent watering is a must and it is recommended that you keep the soil moist and well-draining.  

Staghorn Ferns

Staghorn Ferns
Botanical Name Platycerium
Common Names Staghorn Ferns
Origin Australia and New Guinea
Family Polypodiaceae
Plant Type Bifurcatum, evergreen plant 

The Staghorn Fern plants are the best plants for balcony railing planters. This is because they do well growing off irregular surfaces.

They don’t possess roots and feature leathery dark green fronds with white coverings that are thin like hairs.

Grow them in humid conditions and ensure that they are provided with enough access to bright but filtered sunlight.

Watering should be kept frequent and all the nutrients they would require would be absorbed through their leathery fronds. 

Staghorn Ferns aren’t toxic to pets and children, however, avoid eating them in large quantities to keep safe from stomach upset. 

Lemon Tree

Lemon Tree
Botanical Name Citrus Limonia
Common Names Lemon Tree
Origin Asia
Family Rutaceae
Plant Type Evergreen small tree

Lemon trees are suitable terrace plants that would do well with proper access to direct sunlight. It’s a small tree so be sure to have enough balcony space before growing it.

It is known for its bright yellow fruits which are edible and offer a sweet scent. It also features green oval-shaped leaves with little thorns and young branches. 

The Citrus limonia requires average maintenance with frequent watering and good light, well-draining soil, and plenty of liquid-soluble fertilizer. 

Humidity should be kept high as they hate cold climates and might suffer during the winter season. 

Mint

Mint
Botanical Name Mentha
Common Names Mint
Origin Mediterranean 
Family Lamiaceae
Plant Type Herbaceous evergreen shrub

Pairing the Mint plant with your Lavandula angustifolia would produce a nice mix of sweet aromatic scents that would be very relaxing. 

Mints feature green stems that are square-shaped, their foliages are also green, and they produce tiny blooms that are purple in color. 

Considered a low-maintenance plant, grow your mint in a small pot and provide them with access to direct sunlight. 

Regular watering is needed, so keep it at once or twice a week. Picking a variegated mint plant could offer some unique aesthetics to your balcony. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can indoor plants be kept on the balcony?

Not all indoor plants can be grown on the balcony as light intensity would need to be regulated. 

Can I put pothos on a balcony?

The Golden pothos does require protection from direct sunlight, so a shaded balcony should be good. 

Which tree is best on the balcony?

A few trees like a Lemon tree, Olive tree, and crepe myrtles are perfect trees for the balcony

Do succulents need sun?

Depending on the succulent, adequate sunlight would be required. 

Which plants don’t need soil?

Aside from Staghorn Ferns, Spanish moss, lucky bamboo, and some philodendrons can survive without soil.  

Marijke Puts
About Marijke Puts
Marijke Puts has Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Science and is from The Netherlands. She has a certified master gardener and loves everything about houseplants and gardening.

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