The balcony is the sunniest and most delicate part of the house. Therefore, it is also the best place to grow flowers and plants. Raising some flowers and plants on the balcony will please the mind and body, and at the same time, it can also have an excellent soothing effect.
However, the orientation of the balcony is often different. So what flowers to select and grow according to the orientation of your balcony! Let’s take a look at what flowers are suitable for balconies with different orientations.
What plants are suitable for balconies with different orientations
East facing balcony
Let’s talk about the east-facing balcony first. This kind of balcony is generally a half-sun balcony, and the east-facing balcony can fully enjoy 3-4 hours of sunlight in the morning. In the afternoon, the sunlight gradually disappears.
The sunlight from morning to noon is not burning, so it is suitable for planting short-day and slightly shade-tolerant flowers, such as crab claw orchid, clivia, camellia, rhododendron, etc.
West facing balcony
In the morning, there is no sunlight on the west-facing balcony. However, the sun is getting more powerful in the afternoon. The sunshine time of the west balcony can reach up to 6 hours every afternoon. Especially in the summer, the sunlight is more severe.
If your potted plants are placed on the west balcony for a few days, they get sunburned. Therefore, the west-facing balcony is suitable for raising sun-resistant plants, such as grapes, wisteria, honeysuckle, melon, tuna, morning glory, and other climbing plants.
Sunlight can accelerate the growth of vines and form a natural shade. In addition, you can plant shade-loving flowerpots under the shade. Also, the west-facing balcony is a good place to grow flowers in winter.
South facing balcony
Sitting in the north and facing the south is a good position that people often say, and the same is true for the balcony. The balcony facing south has the most sunlight. It can receive direct sunlight almost all day, and it has good ventilation. Therefore, this is the most suitable place to grow flowers.
On the south-facing balcony, you can grow flowers and plants that love the sun, such as sunflowers, roses, crape myrtle, plum blossoms, and other flowers.
In autumn and winter, there is no need to worry about the problem that the flowers and plants cannot survive the winter due to the low temperature. Because the balcony faces south, although the angle of sunlight will gradually decrease, most parts of the balcony can still receive direct sunlight.
North facing balcony
In contrast to south-facing balconies, north-facing balconies receive the least sunlight. There is almost no sunlight here all day long, even in the warm season, which is suitable for growing shade-loving flowers and trees. Only in the summer afternoon, occasionally a few rays of sunlight drift in, forming mottled shadows.
On the north-facing balcony, you can choose shade-loving and shade-tolerant indoor foliage plants, such as asparagus, palm bamboo, monstera, cycad, rubber tree, etc. As long as you can guarantee a ventilated and humid environment, the plants can also grow healthy.
Balcony on the top floor
Due to the high position of the top floor, sufficient sunlight, and good temperature conditions, it is suitable for most flowers. But in summer, the temperature on the top floor and the balcony downstairs are high.
On the rooftop, you can only grow some flowers that like high temperature and light, such as water lily, bowl lotus, pomegranate, cycad, etc. And should take cooling and shading measures.
In addition, the wind on the top floor is more powerful, the air circulation is better, and the probability of flowers getting sick is low. For most flowers, the wind can easily cause the air humidity to decrease.
Therefore, if you plant foliage plants that require high air humidity, such as watermelon rind, peppergrass, etc., the leaves are prone to dehydration and curling, the leaf edges are scorched, etc. So be sure to pay attention to supplement the air humidity and spray more water around.
In winter, you must secure the temperature, and it should be transplanted indoors at night to prevent freezing.
What should you pay attention to when raising flowers on the balcony?
Don’t put flower pots on the edge of the balcony
Be careful! Be sure not to put the flowerpot on the edge of the balcony, especially without protection, because in case of strong wind, the flowerpot is likely to become a murder weapon!
Therefore, if you don’t put things casually on the balcony, you are responsible for yourself and others. In addition, you must take protective measures if you cannot put down the pots!
Pay attention to moisture
Due to the excellent ventilation conditions on the balcony, it is difficult for rainwater to enter when it rains, it is difficult for flowers to get natural rainwater, and the air is dry, so watering is the key. Pay attention to frequent watering and spray water on the leaf surface and ground.
The flowerpot should be large because it has more soil and water storage, so it is not easy to dry. Or put the flowerpot into a shallow water basin, and the water can continuously supply the needs of flowers due to the capillary appointment. You can also put a water basin around the potted flowers to make them evaporate naturally and improve the local microclimate.
The potted flowers on the balcony should pay attention to the appropriate density and be slightly dense. Because more potted flowers volatilize together, the moisture can increase the humidity of the surrounding air.