If you’re looking for the best low maintenance balcony plants and need a few ideas to transform your outdoor space, you’ve come to the right place.
No back garden? No problem! We believe that these low maintenance balcony plants are a fantastic way to transform your outdoor space and really add a wow factor to the area.
The convenience of a balcony
Let’s face it, balconies are trending. They are wonderful uses of space that don’t come with the burden of having to cut the grass or trim the hedges.
You can just have all your pots and seating area (if you can) looking exactly how you like all year round.
When it comes to plants for the balcony, there are so many options you can choose from! From vertical plants to pots that can be hung on the grills of your balcony. It all sounds really boho, right?
Transform your space with
low maintenance balcony plants
The dream of having a balcony filled with plants and textures. But, with the nature of a balcony being on the smaller side, it does limit us as there is little room on a balcony, so we need to be smart with what plants we choose.
My first thought is that we don’t want to have to tend to the balcony every day so having a selection of low maintenance balcony plants is starting to sound ideal.
Having a balcony garden would suggest that you live in a city with quite a demanding job. Now you probably don’t have an awful lot of time if this is the case and therefore I don’t want to add a lot of stress on top of what you already have tending to this garden. So therefore I suggest that we need to look at low maintenance plants for your balcony.
Get Started with these Low Maintenance Balcony Plants!
We need low maintenance balcony plants to start with as our lifestyles may not be equipped for looking after a whole bunch of young plants. So when deciding on what plants, we need to think about the plants individually, such as how they will grow. For instance, there are vertical plants, plants that climb and plants that need a lot of space. So you will need to plan out where all the plants will go.
You will also need to think about how much sunlight you need for each plant. If one plant doesn’t like too much sunlight, you will need to have it in a place where it gets a little shade throughout the day…
Here are a few examples of what I know works best and will flourish on a balcony.
Check out my top low maintenance balcony plants below!
The Aloe Vera is probably in your home already, if not, get one! It does wonders for your hair and skin and being able to treat minor grazes the kids come home crying about or you come home crying about.
This Aloe Vera plant will only need attention when the soil gets dry.
Once dry, give it a drink of water and then you can leave it until the next time. Therefore making the Aloe Vera a low maintenance plant and low attention needed.
The Devils Ivy is somehow known as the money plant.
It might be the old wives tale. ‘If you have this plant in your home, there will never be a financial crisis’. It is a pretty plant and will need to stay out of the direct sunlight on your balcony, to stop its gorgeous heart-like-shaped leaves from drying out.
You will literally only have to water it once a week. But be smart with where you place The Devils Ivy, growing it vertically can also work for you if you have limited space.
Spider Plants! These plants do look wild and untamed and can add that texture to your balcony. You’re going to want to get the soil damp during the summer and refrain from watering it in the winter, until the soil is dry.
Spider Plants get their name from the long, slender plant growths that come from the main plant like tiny spiders.
These mini-plants are known as spiderettes. You can identify them from the light green edges and cream white center. Which is such a cool way to add colour to your balcony.
Basil. Another great use of space on your balcony is herbs! Useful, tasty and they smell delicious. Basil plants need sunlight, but not too much. They don’t require watering too often either. If you are thinking about having a Basil plant, I’d start with seeds. With Basil seeds you will need to start their life indoors, until the soil reaches 70 degrees. After that they can go outdoors and flourish.
You can definitely plant other herbs as well as basil. Mint is also a great choice.
Did you know that the Indian Variant of Basil has medicinal benefits?
Our top pick low maintenance balcony plant
Jade Plant. The Ultimate plant for your balcony. It’s so pretty in the summer as the green leaves will feature a magenta edge. Just like a sunset. The Maintenance on this plant is also great and low. You will not have to water the Jade Plant very often and it loves the sun, so it does not burn in sunlight. Which is great for when the other plants, you have eventually decided upon, need a little shade.
They can be placed more towards the back and this beautiful jade plant can come up front and centre stage. The Jade Plant has been given the name of ‘the friendship tree’. As it can stand the roughest of situations, just like that rocky patch you went through with your best friend last month.
The Jade Plant is also an air purifying plant; it will clean the pollutants from the air!
choosing pet SAFE plants
There are other conditions that you will need to think about when having this chic balcony garden. And that is if you have a pet. Pets are such wonderful additions to our homes, and we don’t want them getting sick. It is well known that Dogs and Cats like to have a good munch on plants every now and then. Now that’s where PET SAFE PLANTS come in. There is a great list of plants that are pet safe in that article, which will help you in deciding what you want for your balcony.
Now go forth and design that balcony garden that you have always wanted. Now that you are equipped with the knowledge that these plants will be low Maintenance, useful and also beautiful.