Anyone living in a city apartment with a balcony is truly lucky. Especially if it’s a south- or west-facing one: A balcony facing south is bathed in sunlight almost all day long, and west-facing balconies get their best sun exposure when you get home from the office and stay that way until sunset. Wonderful! To make such a nice balcony really comfortable, you should have enough plants there. But not every flower or shrub can handle that much sunlight. Here, we let you know which plants are best suited for your sunny balcony.
A balcony that faces south gets sunlight almost all day long. That means it can get very hot here. Not every plant can handle the heat and strong sunlight. In these conditions, your best choice are popular plants from southern latitudes – you can hardly go wrong that way. They are easy to care for, can handle a day or two without water, and make your time on the balcony feel like a mini vacation. Lavender looks pretty in a pot on the balcony table, smells lovely, and even attracts bees. Rosemary also works great. Other popular flowering plants for southern balconies are African daisies and Swan River daisies. Classics such as geraniums are just as well suited for a south balcony as the colorful Calibrachoa or Million Bells.
West-facing balconies get the best sun exposure in the afternoon and evening. They are perfect for sunbathing after a day at the office. To make your afternoon outside even more relaxing, you should really add some kind of privacy screen. This could be a trellis planted with Black-eyed Susan vines. Clematis or nasturtiums also look beautiful. White and yellow plants look especially elegant on a west-facing balcony. They have a certain gleam that lasts until dusk, and the larger and richer their flowers are, the more beautiful your western balcony will become. Lilies and petunias are an excellent choice, but so are ornamental tobacco, Dame’s Rockets, or Marvel of Peru – especially because of their scents.
The bigger your balcony or roof terrace, the larger the plants you can put there. Oleander is perfect for a large, sunny balcony. It can grow up to two meters in height, which makes it a poor fit for small and narrow balconies. Its flowers bloom in July. Olive trees are also an excellent choice for large, sunny balconies. In a large enough pot, your olive tree can grow up to three meters in height. However, they grow very slowly. To keep its crown in shape, long shoot tips should be cut in July – but only the ones that won’t bear any fruit. Lemon or Mandarin orange trees are also very pretty. Just make sure your balcony is built strong enough to support the weight of these larger plants!
Even if there is not much space on your sun balcony, you can still have wonderful plants. Just make sure they are a good size for your balcony. After all, you still want to have room for a table and at least two or three chairs, maybe even a recliner. Making the most of a small space is easier if you attach window boxes to the outer side of the balustrade and hang some planters from the wall. You can grow West Indian lantana, bougainvillea, Dalmatian bellflowers, or zinnia in the window boxes. Mediterranean herbs such as thyme or sage don’t need much space either, but love the sunshine. One last tip: Mix the soil with two handfuls of clay pebbles to help retain moisture in the soil for a longer time. Your plants will be grateful.