Vertical gardening for balconies

When you’re short on space for a garden, sometimes the only way to go is up! Vertical gardening is ideal for balconies, making use of walls, upright supports, and cleverly designed planters to turn even the smallest space into a little green piece of paradise.

Tips on balcony gardening

  • Spend some time watching where the sun hits your balcony over the course of a day, so that you know where the sunniest and shadiest spots are. Most fruit and vegetables will need at least six hours of direct sunlight a day to do well.
  • Balconies can be very windy, and this means plants will dry out fast. Putting up a windbreak of cane matting will make things easier for your plants.
  • Be careful not to overload your balcony with heavy pots. Remember that soil and compost can weigh a lot when wet.
  • Use drip trays under pots to stop water overflowing onto your neighbours below!

Vertical balcony garden

5 vertical gardening ideas for balconies

  1. Balcony railing planters are specially designed to sit over or hang from a balcony railing. They take up hardly any space at all, and they’re perfect for small plants like herbs and strawberries or trailing summer bedding plants like petunias and begonias.
  2. Stackable planters are another clever solution for small spaces. These modular planters can be stacked on top of each other to whatever height you choose. They have planting pockets at each level that are perfect for flowering plants or herbs like parsley, basil and mint.
  3. Grow climbers in pots, trained up an obelisk or a trellis fixed to your balcony wall. Miniature climbing rose like ‘Warm Welcome’ will grow happily in a pot and produces masses of bright orange flowers all summer. You could also combine flowers and food by growing a climbing bean like the French bean ‘Blauhilde’, which has gorgeous violet flowers in summer followed by tasty purple beans that turn green when cooked.
  4. Tiered plant stands are great for small spaces like balcony gardens, letting you grow three or four times as many plants in the same amount of floorspace. On a balcony, the lower levels are likely to be shaded for part of the day, so put the sun-lovers on the upper levels and the plants that prefer shade lower down.
  5. Add height to your balcony garden with an ornamental tree in a container. The dwarf Japanese maple called ‘Wilson’s Pink Dwarf’ has gorgeous variegated leaves and prefers to be sheltered from hot afternoon sun, making it ideal for balconies that often only get sun for part of the day. You can even grow a small fruit tree in a container. Ballerina apples like ‘Samba’ and ‘Flamenco’ produce fruit in short spurs off the main trunk, so they have a very narrow, upright shape that takes up very little space, and they have beautiful flowers in spring.

Vertical balcony garden

However big or small your garden is, we have everything you need to make it look fantastic this year. Visit us today and get gardening!


You might also be interested in:

Top 5 climbers

Many climbers can be great to encourage insects for birds and bats to eat plus provide resting and nesting spaces as well. Whichever climber you choose, it is sure to add interest and delight to your garden. Here's our top 5!

Five tips to get kids gardening

Children are always excited about being in the natural world, and express awe and curiosity. This natural affinity with the garden can keep children entertained for hours as they learn how to sow seeds, nurture and watch plants grow and learn where their food comes from. There are some really easy ways to get started and here are our top five.

Create the ultimate outdoor living room

Making an outdoor living space in your garden gives you the best of both worlds – a place to enjoy being in nature and all the comforts of your living room at hand! There are many ways to turn an outdoor area into an extension of your home and here are a few of our favourite ideas.

Six low-cost garden makeover tips

After a long winter, our gardens often need a bit of sprucing up, but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With these six makeover tips, you can give your garden a new look without breaking the bank!