Great Balcony Garden Ideas with a DIY Balcony Guide

33 Great Balcony Garden Ideas with A DIY Balcony Guide

Balcony Garden Ideas

Emma DowneyByEmma Downey
Updated on 6/30/2022

What is the first image that springs to mind when you hear "garden"? Do you want a green haven in your front or back yard? A flower bed next to a green lawn? A vegetable and fruit plot of land? Almost certainly not a balcony garden!

Balcony Garden

 

Have you considered adding all of that and more to your balcony? Why not, right? To turn your balcony into your fantasy garden, add railing planters, hanging baskets, freestanding posts, trellises, and crates and pallets.

Furthermore, as long as your plants have adequate sunlight, water, and love, you may grow anything in your balcony garden.

balcony flower garden

 

So, are you ready to start building your green balcony? Put your gardening boots on, grab your trowel, and keep reading for some fantastic balcony garden ideas.

We've also included a list of the best balcony plants and vegetables and a bonus DIY balcony garden guide.

Why Have A Balcony Garden?

To begin with, a little greenery never hurts. Balconies are simple to turn into green spaces and even simpler to maintain. A balcony garden can contribute to the overall appeal of your home by blooming all summer.

Balcony Garden Ideas 1

 

Besides, not everyone has a vast backyard in the country. A green balcony is an ideal answer for the apartment dweller who enjoys gardening.

A touch of nature can also be therapeutic and comforting in a concrete jungle.

small balcony garden space

 

A balcony garden can also help to cool the air, minimize pollutants, and block high-frequency sounds. So it appears that there are numerous compelling reasons for you to begin gardening on your balcony.

Balcony Gardening Vs. Terrace Gardening

Making the most of small garden spaces is a common theme in balcony and terrace gardening. On the other hand, Terrace gardens are larger and might encompass the entire roof space, whereas balcony gardens are more compact.

terrace garden space

 

Balcony gardens are usually enclosed or protected. Terrace gardens, on the other hand, are more open and airy. As a result, balcony gardens are less adaptable than terrace gardens.

On the other hand, Balcony gardens are more accessible because they are frequently connected to indoor living spaces such as the bedroom or kitchen.

Best Balcony Garden Ideas And Designs

A balcony is one of the most underutilized gardening areas. However, you can quickly transform it into a relaxing and flowering garden.

balcony garden with chair

 

You can grow perennials, beautiful plants, shrubs, trees, and even herbs and vegetables on your balcony. When you're satisfied with your space, add a couple of chairs where you may relax with a cup of tea, read a book, or nap.

Here's a collection of the best designs, ranging from an apartment to a container or vertical balcony garden.

Small Balcony Garden Ideas

Don't worry if your balcony is too small or narrow to accommodate a full-sized garden. You can quickly get started on a little balcony garden with these fantastic ideas.

1. Rail Balcony Garden Bed

Not sure how to greenify a long narrow balcony without making it even smaller? Consider using railing planters. They can be fixed to the rails or hung with metal hooks.

balcony garden bed

 

In your pots, grow seasonal blossoms or attractive plants. They'll give your balcony a great flash of color without making it look crowded.

2. Minimalist Freestanding Container

Who says minimalists can't have beautiful balconies? Add a few freestanding planters in various colors and forms to your balcony, and you're done!

balcony garden web

 

Grow attractive plants like the paradise palm and umbrella plant for the correct amount of greenery.

Idea: For added effect, use fake lawn grass and white river rocks to define it.

3. Deck-Style Balcony Garden

Turn your balcony into a tiny deck for a unique look. As shown in the image below, use wooden planks or deck tiles. To capture attention, use fake grass and rocks.

Deck-Style Balcony Garden

 

Planters can be hung from the railing, and potted plants can also be hung from a pallet wall.

Tip: Make decorative objects from gardening tools, including boots, shovels, hoes, and watering cans.

4. Balcony Floral Oasis

Even if your balcony space is limited, You can simply enjoy a  floral garden. Use pots and plants that can be hung from the railings.

Flowers Balcony Garden

 

Make your room look like it came straight out of an Italian rom-com, plant petunias, geraniums, and clematis.

5. Secret Rose Garden

On your balcony, create a haven for yourself. How? Roses, of course! They're incredibly stunning and will fill your home with fragrance throughout summer.

tips for balcony garden

 

While roses can be planted in colorful containers, the climbing kinds can be let to sprawl throughout your balcony.

Herb Garden On Balcony Ideas

Imagine having fresh basil, rosemary, lemongrass, and mint ready to be picked and used in your kitchen. Isn't it tempting? Even better, you can begin cultivating a herb garden on your balcony.

Herbs are less picky than flowering or decorative plants and can thrive in limited places. They'll also make your balcony smell fantastic!

Here are some ideas for balcony herb gardens to get you started.

6. Terra Cotta Balcony Herb Garden

In terra cotta planters, herbs like dill, rosemary, and basil grow. Why terra cotta, though? On the other hand, clay pots are appealing and porous, so you won't have to worry about overwatering your herbs.

tips for balcony garden

 

Tip: You can put the planters on the ground or hook them to the balcony railing.

7. Tin Can Planters

Make elegant planters for your balcony with old or unused tin cans. Make holes in them and use zip ties to secure them to the railing.

Tin Can Planters

 

Shallow-rooted herbs like basil and thyme can be planted in small tin cans, whereas parsley and lemongrass require more giant cans.

Tip: Use these pots to line the edges of your balcony to keep the floor clear.

8. Metal Staircase Stand

Make a multi-level metal platform for your balcony herb garden. These stands are available in various sizes and are also highly durable.

Metal Staircase Stand

 

They'll not only let you produce a variety of herbs in a bit of space, but they'll also help you showcase them tastefully.

9. Wood DIY Planter Box

Make your planter box out of wood scraps from used pallets. Fill your planter with soil once it's finished. Grow herbs like mint, basil, parsley, and oregano in your planter.

Herbs balcony garden


Use little chalkboards to label various herbs. You'll be able to tell which herbs you have in your small garden this way.

10. Wooden Crate Planters

To hold your herb garden, upcycle old wooden boxes. These planters have a rustic, country feel and aren't overly big.

herbs for balcony garden

 

You can also use wooden legs to lift them off the ground. You wouldn't have to squat to harvest fresh herbs this way.

Balcony Container Gardening Ideas

Container gardens are another excellent method to maximize your balcony space. Planters made of fancy plastic, terra cotta, and wood can be used. But why should you limit yourself? Metal buckets, pallets, tin cans, and crates can be recycled.

Here are a few container gardening ideas to get you started.

11. Multi-Colored Metal Buckets

With bright metal buckets, turn up the heat in your balcony garden. Choose vibrant colors like pink, red, orange, and blue. Even when your plants are bare in the winter, these containers will appear elegant.

Multi-Colored Metal Buckets

 

Dahlias, lavenders, roses, and pansies are all easy-to-care-for and colorful flowers.

12. Trellis Fairy Plater

A wooden trellis for hanging pots is far too lovely to leave off your balcony. You may attach various-sized planters to it and start gardening.

To attract pixies to your balcony, add a miniature fairy house and some fairy lights to your arrangement.

Trellis Fairy Plater

 

Place a café table on your balcony so you may retreat whenever you want.

13. Hanging Clay Pots

Hang terra cotta pots from the balcony ceiling for a striking aesthetic feature. If you want to maximize your vertical area, construct a chain of pots.

Hanging Clay Pots

 

Your balcony area will not be reduced any further in this manner. You'll also be able to appreciate the vibrant seasonal blossoms.

14. Urn Planters

Bring urn planters into your balcony garden for a show-stopping display. Paint them bright colors and line them up in neat rows.

Urn Planters

These planters have an unusual appearance that will make your balcony garden stand out.

Grow moss roses in magenta and yellow colors, as shown in the photo below.

Vegetable Gardening on Balcony Ideas

You don't need a vast backyard to cultivate veggies at home, and your balcony area is sufficient. You can easily reap the "veggies" of your labor if you take proper care of them.

Here are some great ideas for vegetable balcony gardens:

15. Garden Vegetable Basket

Plastic baskets are ideal for establishing vegetable gardens on balconies. They are compact, sturdy, lightweight, and easily transportable. Fill them with high-quality potting or planting soil.

balcony garden ideas vegetables

 

Plant easy-to-grow greens in your baskets, such as lettuce, spinach, kale, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, and coriander.

16. Crate-To-Plate Garden

Growing everything from spinach to strawberries is famous in old wooden boxes. They are not only an environmentally friendly and cost-effective method to get gardening on your balcony, but they also save space.

Crate-To-Plate Garden

 

Fresh vegetables in wooden crates make a beautiful display on your balcony.

17. Tomato Balcony Garden

Why are tomatoes used? They're easy to care for and grow, don't take up a lot of space, and are also rather attractive.

Tomato Balcony Garden

 

The best part is using your tomatoes to make salads, sauces, and delicious tomato chutneys.

18. Hanging Wicker Baskets

While you can use various materials to confine your vegetable garden, why not try hanging wicker baskets? Cover them with plastic, fill them with dirt, and start growing your favorite vegetables in them.

Hanging Wicker Baskets

 

Idea: Store your balcony garden tools, equipment, seeds, and other materials in a woven wicker basket.

19. Vegetable Deck Garden

Convert your balcony into a productive food garden. To increase your yield, you can use planters to cover the entire area. Only a thin passageway should be left between them for mobility.

Vegetable Deck Garden

 

Create a small greenhouse for vegetables that require extra attention to flourish.

Apartment Balcony Garden Ideas

Make your teeny-tiny apartment balcony green. Sure, you won't be able to grow a lot of veggies and plants in it, but you may still enjoy the benefits of gardening in a small space.

Here are some excellent balcony garden ideas for your apartment.

20. Balcony Lawn

Here's an idea for a grass enthusiast who lives in an apartment: use fake lawn turf to generate a lawn feel on your small balcony; and it is simple to maintain and inexpensive.

Balcony Lawn

 

Idea: Add a cozy swing chair and some potted plants to the space and relax with a cup of coffee in the evening.

21. Jungle-Inspired Balcony Garden

Your balcony can be transformed into an enchanted forest with many potted trees, luxuriant plants, and vines. It will make a stunning statement that will be noticed from a distance.

Jungle-Inspired Balcony Garden


In addition, your balcony will feel more private.

22. Micro-Park Balcony

If gardening is essential to you, you should make the most of every square inch of your balcony. Use everything from hanging baskets and trellises to clay pots and fence planters.

Micro-Park Balcony

 

It will transform your balcony into a mini-park and allow you to realize your gardening aspirations, even if you live in a small flat.

23. Rustic Apartment Balcony

To make a rustic statement on your balcony, you don't need a lot of plants, and a couple of potted plants will also suffice. Containers and pots of various sizes, shapes, and colors are required.

Rustic Apartment Balcony

Arrange them randomly on your balcony and fill them with various plants. You'll pull off the rustic appearance.

24. Floral Oasis

Create a floral oasis for a blossoming balcony that will make your room look warm and inviting. How? You can grow sweet alyssum, begonias, geraniums, and petunias in colorful pots.

Floral Oasis

 

Idea: For enhanced effect, use the image below as inspiration and create a carpet of fake lawn grass.

Home Balcony Gardening Ideas

Do you want to start your balcony garden? Vertical planters, hanging baskets, fence pots, and possibly even wooden crates are all worth going.

Here are some fantastic ideas to get you started.

25. Cheerful Balcony Garden

How about a rose and petunia-filled balcony garden? Hang plants from the roof or mount them on the railing for an old-world ambiance.

Cheerful Balcony Garden

 

Decorate your balcony with flowers in reds, pinks, and yellows for a bright and cheery vibe.

26. Balcony Corner Garden

Plants can be grown in a little corner of your balcony. Line the fence with colorful planters and add a few freestanding pots and trellises to green your space.

Sunflowers, marigolds, lavenders, and fuchsias are all excellent choices. Your small corner garden is now complete, and Marigolds might even help to keep mosquitos away from your garden.

Balcony Corner Garden

 

27. Repurposed Crate Garden

Using old wooden crates, create a raised flower bed on your balcony. They are a creative and economical way to cultivate plants and vegetables that take up very little space.

Repurposed Crate Garden

 

Tip: Simply line the wooden container with plastic to keep it from decaying.

28. Blooming Floral Garden

A bold and colorful balcony can make a strong impression even in a small space. Make the most of every inch of available space. Plants can be grown in trellises, rail pots, and even hanging planters.

Blooming Floral Garden

 

Idea: Plant a swath of red and pink petunias and surround them with ivy for a stunning green contrast.

Vertical Garden Ideas For Balcony

Use the walls on your balcony to your advantage. How? Vertical planting makes it simple! Use trellises, shelves, gutters, and pallets to hang pots on your walls.

Take inspiration from these balcony vertical garden ideas.

29. Trailers Plant Wall

With trailing plants in ceramic pots, create a green waterfall on your balcony. Metal or wooden holders can be used to secure the pots to a clean wall.

Trailers Plant Wall


You can get started with English ivy, golden pothos, a thread of pearls, and burro's tail.

30. DIY Pallet Hanging Garden

Make a vertical balcony garden out of old palettes. Install it on a naked balcony wall and hang pots of all shapes and sizes on it.

DIY Pallet Hanging Garden


This DIY project is both inexpensive and simple to complete. Old palettes are easily found in the small local supermarket or retail stores.

31. Living Wall Balcony Garden

Decorate a bare balcony wall with leafy plants of diverse shapes, sizes, and colors. It will add depth and richness to your decor without taking up a lot of room.

Living Wall Balcony Garden

 

Make sure all plants in your living wall have the same amount of sunlight and water.

32. Colorful Vertical Balcony Garden

Consider utilizing colorful pots and plants to provide a pop of color. Hang orange, yellow, white, and green spots on a wooden pallet that has been polished to look more sophisticated.

Colorful Vertical Balcony Garden

 

Then, in your pots, plant blooming kinds like petunias and geraniums and herbs like dill and rosemary.

33. Balcony Trellis Garden

Consider a painted trellis to support your balcony garden. You might wish to utilize pots with dark grey or brown tones. The setup will be pretty simple.

Balcony Trellis Garden

 

Idea: Include a box in your trellis, as shown in the figure below. Please fill it with dirt and grow strawberries in it!

Best Balcony Plants and Vegetables

To grow plants and veggies, you don't need a large backyard. You may turn the little space on your balcony into a thriving garden with the correct container and plants.

Best Veggies for Your Balcony Garden

Vegetables may give your balcony garden a touch of country charm. Furthermore, growing them organically ensures high health and flavor. You'll need to perform the same things you'd do in your backyard to grow them.

vegetables on balcony garden

 

Some simple balcony vegetables include:

Chives
Radish
Lettuce
Beans
Tomato
Spinach
Pepper
Kale
Potato
Cucumber

Best Flowers For Your Balcony Garden

Bring flowering plants to your balcony to create a relaxing atmosphere. In pots, most plants are simple to grow, and you might want to stay with hardy plants that can withstand partial sun and drought.

Best Flowers for Your Balcony Garden

 

Here are some of the most fantastic flowers for your balcony:

Petunia
Fuchsia
Rose
Sweet Alyssum
Pansy
Geranium
Hibiscus
Salvia
Hydrangea
Marigold

flower balcony garden

How To Create a DIY Balcony Garden

Is your balcony in desperate need of some color? Get a DIY project for your balcony underway.

With our step-by-step instructions, you can simply get started on this accessible DIY balcony garden, whether you're a gardening master or this is your first time.

Step 1 – Consider Your Space

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Take a thorough check at your balcony before getting your hands dirty. Examine the direction it faces, the amount of light it receives, and the available space.

That way, you'll know what kind of garden to make.

Step 2 – Choose Your Design

Choose Your Design

 

You have an almost limitless number of design options. Depending on your area and preferences, you can use railing planters, containers, plant pockets, vertical gardens, or a combination of these.

If you reside in a high-rise building, avoid hanging pots, and it can be hazardous if a pot falls off your balcony.

Step 3 – Choose Your Plants

different plant seedlings for a balcony garden

 

Now comes the fun part: deciding what to grow. Install a floral balcony garden to make your property look bright and flourishing. Alternatively, you might create a more practical garden with herbs and vegetables.

Whatever you choose, bear your plants' needs for sunlight, water, temperature, and soil.

Step 4 – Select Your Planters

different plant pots on a balcony garden

 

The growth habits of the plants you grow in balcony planters should be compatible. For vegetables, for example, you'll need long and wide planters.

Make sure the planters you attach to the rails are made of lightweight material, such as plastic.

Step 5 – Add Some Furniture

Add Some Furniture

 

After work, you'll most likely want to relax on the green balcony. Perhaps read a book or have a cup of tea there?

Don't forget to include a pair of foldable chairs, a lightweight swing, or a mattress with some pillows in your balcony garden.

Step 6 – Safety and Maintenance

Safety and Maintenance

 

Last but not least, ensure that all of your planters are appropriately fastened and will not fall over in heavy gusts. Check any weight limits that your apartment balcony may have.

When it comes to upkeep, make sure your plants are watered regularly, get enough sunlight, and are clipped now and then.

Balcony Garden Frequently Asked Questions

Are you ready to turn your balcony into a lush garden? Before you start bringing pots, crates, and trellises to your balcony, read through these critical FAQs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Vegetables Can Be Grown On A Balcony?

Almost any vegetable that you can plant in your backyard can also be grown on your balcony. Begin with low-maintenance, simple-to-grow vegetables such as beans, green onions, peppers, eggplants, or cucumbers. Your vegetable planter must be deep, comprehensive, and well-drained.

What Do I Need For A Balcony Garden?

It's simple to start a balcony garden. You'll need a balcony with at least three hours of sunlight. Plants or seeds, as well as planters, are required. Finally, gather essential gardening tools such as a trowel, watering container, and shears, and you're ready to go on your own balcony gardening experience.

How Do I Build A Small Balcony Garden?

To create a small balcony garden, first, determine how much room you have and how you can make the most of it. The rest is straightforward: bring in some planters and get gardening. Read our step-by-step guide to a DIY balcony garden above for a more extensive "how-to."

Less Is More

Sometimes, when it comes to gardening, less is more. You may grow plants on your small balcony space without investing time, energy, or money.

You'll have plenty of time to get creative with no grass mowing or weeding. Grow plants and veggies in the space and occasionally entertain guests.

organized balcony garden

 

You can turn your cramped balcony into a miniature Eden with some forethought. And all with minimal effort.

So, are you all set to open your balcony oasis? Please share your thoughts in the comments box below!

Happy balcony gardening until next time!

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