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Whether your balcony is on the ground floor or 20 stories up, container plants can make your outdoor space feel cozy and charming! Window boxes or containers full of flowers also will attract pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds, and planting flowers with fragrance adds another level of enjoyment to your balcony. And there's no rule that says you can't grow edibles, too! Why not make the most of your space by raising a few herbs or compact veggies?

Before purchasing plants, pay attention to how much sunlight your balcony receives at different times of day. Full sun means six or more hours of direct sunlight, while part sun is about half that. Some balconies also may be full shade. Make sure you read the plant label or description so you'll know if a plant will thrive in your lighting conditions.

If your balcony is sheltered by an overhang, don't forget to water plants on regular basis. Be aware that containers or pots made of porous materials, such as terra cotta or coco fiber, dry out fast because water evaporates from them quickly. Pots or containers made of less permeable materials, such as plastic or metal, dry out more slowly. Poke your finger in the pot to feel the soil moisture level; if it feels wet, hold off. If it's bone dry and the soil is pulling away from the sides of the pot, give your plant a good drink.

Now, consider 15 beautiful balcony flowers to make your sky-high garden complete:

1.Geranium

2. Impatiens

3.Lavender

4. Dianthus

5. Zinnia

6. Sweet Alyssum

7. Petunia

8. Lobelia

9. Fuchsia

10. Caladium

11. Begonia

12. Lobelia

13. Chrysanthemum

14. Pansy

15. Mandevilla

Top 15 Most Beautiful Flowers For Balcony Garden

1.Geranium

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Geraniums are one of the best-looking plants because of their flower spikes! This plant has scented foliage, making it quite different from the other fragrant indoor plants in this list.

Grow scented geraniums in a bright spot protected from drafts. Water and feed regularly with a general-purpose plant food.

2. Impatiens

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Impatiens are one of the rare flowers that can grow in shade. Therefore, if your balcony is shady, impatiens are your best choice. This does not mean that you can totally shade it from sunlight. It needs exposure to sunlight to produce flowers. Plant this flower in moist, well-drained soil and it will give a scenic view.

3.Lavender

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Sunny balconies beg for potted lavender! These perennials bloom for a long time and offer a wonderful perfume that will transport you to the Mediterranean. Lavender needs full sun.

Tips to Start a Balcony Flower Garden

-Start Small

If you have started recently, do not immediately fill up your balcony with so many plants. Give some time. Begin with 3 to 5 plants at a time. Once you have a green thumb, add more or else you’ll feel overwhelmed.

-Choose Right Plants

In the beginning, buy 2-3 annuals and 2-3 perennials. Perennials that are native and most suitable in your climate are the first ones you should try. A rose is an all-time favorite though it requires maintenance, consider adding it.

Annuals are pretty easy to grow. Unlike perennials, they live for a short time and bloom prolifically. You can choose them according to the season, start with popular ones, and experiment.

-Don’t Grow Annuals from Seeds

Unusual advice? Well, no! First, growing plants from seeds is not easy – it requires effort and time. Second, plants (annuals) take time when grown from seeds, and if you have not started the seeds at the right time, they will begin to flower late, maybe at the end of the season.

So for a small space like a balcony, it is better to buy potted plants, especially if you’re a beginner. Once you learn a bit, you can start growing plants from seeds.

-Grow in Combinations

Don’t grow all your flowering plants alone, especially annuals. To make things interesting, create beautiful combination! The best way to start is to combine plants with colorful foliage plants and flowering species to add more drama to the space.

-Thriller-Spiller-Filler

For a balcony flower garden, make one of the containers that follow Thriller Spiller Filler concept. Apart from flowers, you can also add succulents, foliage plants, and ornamental grasses with similar growing requirements.

4. Dianthus

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There are over 300 varieties of dianthus, including Sweet William, pinks, and carnations. Many types of this genus have flowers with a fragrant, spicy smell similar to cinnamon or clove and most dianthus have pink, red or white flowers with notched petals.

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5. Zinnia

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Zinnias love warmth, so they are reliable summer bloomers, filling the garden with long lasting flowers in jewel colors.

You have the choice of small, single-flowered daisy-type zinnias and large pom-pom types, with everything in between.

The hybrid variety Profusion Zinnias are a great choice since they keep blooming into fall. The dwarf types make good bedding plants and borders. Grow these annuals in a sunny location. They flourish in hot weather but appreciate regular watering and feeding.

6. Sweet Alyssum

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If you’ve never planted this darling annual, you’re missing out! Sweet alyssum has delicate, sweetly scented blooms and flowers from spring to frost. Best of all, pollinators adore it! Give it room to cascade down the sides of planters or hanging baskets, and keep it watered. It needs sun but tolerates some shade.

7. Petunia

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Petunias grown as annuals have one of the longest flowering seasons, right from mid-spring to late fall.

Set them out in well-draining beds in a sunny location once all danger of frost has passed, or grow them in containers. They are excellent for hanging pots. Keep them happy with regular watering and feeding.

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8. Lobelia

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Photo Ali Express

This is another beautiful flower to decorate your balcony. Lobelia usually comes in blue but it is also available in white and pink colors. This eye-grabbing plant is not only easy to grow but also low maintenance. This plant loves warmth and sun but it can grow in partial shade too.

9. Fuchsia

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Fuchsia is a shrub that gets beautiful bell-shaped flowers that are striking to look at. The color is bright, and the plant is easy to maintain. It will grow in hardiness zones six through 11, and they will do best with well-draining soil and partial sunlight. This is a plant that will not do well with full sun.

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10. Caladium

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Caladium is grown for its striking heart-shaped leaves and vibrant lime green and hot pink or red markings. Caladiums range in height from about 10 inches tall to 2 feet tall, which is why it's important to read the label first so you give it a pot that’s large enough for it to spread out. It needs part shade to shade.

11. Begonia

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Photo Gardening Soul

This is one of the most fascinating flowers for balcony garden. Begonia features thick heart-shaped foliage that looks great even without flowers. Begonia comes in different colors such as red, pink, orange, white, and golden. This adorable flower can tolerate both heat and cold. However, when it comes to soil it is very picky and it needs fertile soil.

12. Lobelia

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Low-growing blue, purple, or white lobelia looks amazing cascading from containers and baskets. It blooms best before nighttime temperatures get too warm. If the plant stops flowering, trim it back and it'll rebound when cool weather returns. Lobelia likes morning sun and afternoon shade, but it will also do okay in mostly shade.

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13. Chrysanthemum

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Chrysanthemum or Mums are one of the most favorite flowers for gardeners as they are easy to grow as well as very scenic and beautiful. This sturdy plant can be grown anywhere in any climate. Mums require a good quality soil, sunlight exposure, and regular watering.

14. Pansy

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Pansies are garden favorites precisely because they are so easy to nurture – and come highly recommended for beginner gardeners.

To make their care even easier, purchase these bright and beautiful flowers as bedding plants and transplant them directly into the ground. From then on out, they only require a minimum amount of attention to thrive.

15. Mandevilla

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This tropical climber loves the heat! It comes in shades of pinks and reds and needs a trellis to grow upright. In cold climates, you can bring it indoors (though it tends to shed leaves with lower light levels). Mandevilla needs mostly sun, but shield it from hot afternoon sun in warm climates.