Balcony friendly plants

Balcony friendly plants

With more and more apartment complexes popping up, traditional gardens are a luxury that many citydwellers
don’t get to enjoy. If you don’t have a garden and want to make the most of your balcony, check out these great
tips from Robyn Gray, head of business development at Tétris South Africa.

Robyn advises that water-wise, hardy plants are the way to go in drought-hit areas. If you like a pop of
colour, she suggests geraniums. ‘They love the sun and don’t need much water – great plants to have
if you’re the forgetful type when it comes to watering.’ A colourful option for full-sun balconies is bougainvilleas. ‘Their gorgeous bright colour will spill over your balcony, and they won’t require intensive care.

‘Azaleas work well on balconies with dappled sun or morning sun and afternoon shade, and they wow when in full bloom! ‘If your balcony is in full shade, ferns will give a lovely soft feel to the space.’

15 more blooming great balcony friendly plants


Walter Jacobs, landscaper for Milp Design, shares more plant suggestions for your balcony garden.

Full sun

  • African daisies (Osteospermum barberae, Arctotis x hybrid)
  • Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)
  • Spanish blue flax (Linum narbonense)
  • Mexican creeper/coral vine (Antigonon leptopus)
  • Mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus)

Full shade

  • Forest bell bush (Mackaya bella)
  • Swedish ivy/Swedish begonia (Plectranthus verticillatus)
  • Purple spur flower (Plectranthus ecklonii)
  • Bird’s eye bush (Ochna serrulata)
  • Bush lillies (Clivia miniata)

Partial sun/ shade

  • Flaming Katy/widow’s-thrill (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)
  • Watsonias Snake flower/cat’s tail (Bulbine frutescens)
  • Treasure flower (Gazania rigens)
  • Agapanthus/African lily (Agapanthus africanus)


Tip: If you’re going away, or even just a bit forgetful when it comes to watering your pot plants, fill an empty glass bottle with water and pop it into the soil upside down. Your plants will soak up water as they need it.

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