The Best Low Maintenance Balcony Plants

Does your balcony need a bit of sprucing up? A potted plant or two will quickly put that to rights. In this post, we will look at low maintenance balcony plants that you should think about planting for yourself. We have chosen a few different types so that you get a nice choice when it comes to foliage.


Plants that Require 8 Hours of Sunlight a Day

Fireworks Goldenrod

Those of you with allergies are probably not happy with this choice. There is a lasting misconception out there that these plants will give rise to allergies in the fall. This is actually not true – it is the Ragweed that also blooms in fall that has led to this misconception.

The display that this plant gives off is well worth any effort. It is also one of the easiest plants to grow. It does not require a lot of care and fares pretty well even in very dry conditions. Make sure that the soil drains well and you are set.


Elijah Blue Fescue

This plant ensures that you get a colorful show all year round. It has to be kept in full sunlight, though. The leaves have an unusual blue-gray tinge to them.

It prefers soil that drains well and will stand dryness better than overwatering.


Lemon Thyme

Lemon Thyme

This is a great little plant for color, and also for using in cooking. It needs full sunlight and will withstand a lot of neglect. Use a standard potting mix and ensure that the water can drain off quickly.

This plant will grow quite vigorously if you pick it quite regularly, so do take advantage and use it when cooking.


Cooking Lime

This is a great plant for your balcony. It needs to be pruned annually, but that is not that much of an effort. It will fruit eventually, but in the meantime, you can use the leaves in much the same way you would a bay leaf. This lime is a favorite in Asian cuisine.

It likes well-drained soil and a fairly large pot.

Marigold Privacy Plant


These flowers are annuals, but with their bright sunny faces they brighten up the area very quickly. They like well-drained soil and, depending on the type, prefer cooler weather. Calendulas are the type to plant if you have colder winters. Marigold Tagetes do well in warmer climes.


Plants That Will Survive on Four Hours of Sun a Day


If your balcony has limited sun exposure, here are some easy to grow options. These usually won’t need much fertilizer or special care. Simply buy as seedlings and watch them take over your balcony, giving you some privacy.


Begonias are pretty and will happily manage in a more shaded spot on the balcony. They can easily be grown by slip and so are an inexpensive way to fill up space on a larger balcony or deck.

They do like well-drained soil and can be pretty much left to their own devices. Don’t let them get too dried out, though.

There is a wide range of plants out there that are suitable when it comes to low-maintenance container gardening. The ones mentioned above are a good place to start, but there are plenty out there for you to discover on your own as well.

Ivy Balcony Plant

English Ivy

This is a very popular choice for gardeners with privacy concerns as it grows fast and can be controlled to grow around fences, trellis, and other structures.

It doesn’t require much light and is happy to grow in the shade. However, it does require some maintenace and pruning work as it has a tendency to grow at a fast rate if not kept in check.

This plant was also the subject of a nasa study, in which it was found to eliminate harmful bacteria from the air, thus improving its quality.

Final Thoughts

We hope we have helped you decide which species of plant to add to your balcony. Bear in mind that some of these species, such as the English Ivy, can be evasive, so if you’re not ready to regularly trim, consider purchasing less evasive species.

As always, we welcome further recommendations in the comment box below.