Summer Flowers For A Colourful Balcony

June 09, 2024

As the summer sun starts to shine brighter, there’s no better time to transform your balcony into a colourful, fragrant oasis. Whether you have a spacious terrace or a cosy nook, the right selection of summer flowers can bring your outdoor space to life. Be it fresh flowers or faux flowers, they add a pop of colour to any outdoor or indoor space. If you're seeking flowers that thrive in the summer sun and offer a kaleidoscope of colours, look no further. We’ve listed down some of our favourite summer flowers that will turn your balcony into your personal garden. Keep reading to know more.

10 Summer Flowers For Your Balcony

1. Marigold

Marigolds are the most popular flowers that are known for their vibrant orange and yellow blooms. They add cheerfulness to any garden or landscape. These flowers are a fantastic option for brightening up your balcony. These golden beauties are not only eye-catching but also easy to care for, making them perfect for novice gardeners. Marigolds are known for their ability to repel pests, making them a great addition to any balcony garden. Plant them in full sun for best results and keep the soil evenly moist, especially during hot, dry spells. Pinch back the stems to promote bushier growth and more flowers.

2. Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums, or mums, are a fantastic addition to your summer balcony garden. These flowers come in a variety of colours, shapes, and sizes, and they bloom later in the season, providing continuous colour into the fall. Mums thrive in full sun and well-drained soil. Plant in a sunny spot with well-draining soil. Water regularly but avoid waterlogging the soil. Pinch back the tips in early summer to promote bushier growth and more blooms. Fertilize every month with a balanced fertilizer to support healthy growth.

3. Pansy

Pansies are a member of the viola family and are beloved for their distinctive "faces," which feature a dark centre surrounded by five petals in shades of purple, yellow, white, orange, or blue. These charming flowers bloom profusely from late spring to early summer, adding a burst of colour to your balcony garden. Pansies are relatively easy to grow and care for, making them an excellent choice for balcony gardens. Pansies thrive in cool weather and prefer partial shade to full sun. Select a spot on your balcony that receives at least 4-6 hours of sunlight per day.  Plant pansies in well-draining soil enriched with organic matter, such as compost or aged manure. Space the plants 6-8 inches apart to allow for adequate air circulation. Keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Water pansies deeply whenever the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

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4. Bougainvillaea

Bougainvillea is a genus of flowering vines and shrubs native to South America, particularly Brazil, Peru, and Argentina. These showy plants are prized for their profuse and long-lasting blooms, which appear throughout the warmer months of the year. While the vibrant bracts are the main attraction, the true flowers are small and white, nestled within the colourful bracts. Bougainvillea is well-suited to balcony gardening, especially in warm climates. They thrive in full sun, so choose a sunny spot on your balcony where the plant will receive at least 6-8 hours of sunlight per day. Plant bougainvillaea in well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. If your balcony has poor soil quality, consider using a potting mix formulated for container gardening. While bougainvillaea is drought-tolerant once established, it benefits from regular watering, especially during the growing season. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings to prevent root rot.

5. Petunia

Petunias are a popular choice for summer balcony gardens, and it’s easy to see why. These hardy plants come in a wide range of colours, from soft pastels to bold, vibrant hues. They are perfect for adding a splash of colour to hanging baskets, indoor planters, or window boxes. Petunias thrive in full sun and well-drained soil, making them ideal for balconies that get plenty of sunlight. Water regularly but avoid waterlogging the soil. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming. Use a balanced fertilizer every few weeks to keep the blooms vibrant.

6. Zinnia

Zinnias are known for their bright, bold colours and long-lasting blooms. They are easy to grow and thrive in full sun, making them perfect for sunny balconies. Zinnias attract butterflies and add a cheerful touch to any outdoor space. Plant in well-draining soil and water regularly. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage more blooms. Space plants properly to ensure good air circulation and prevent powdery mildew.

7. Lantana

Lantanas are evergreen shrubs native to tropical regions of the Americas and Africa. What makes lantanas so appealing is their abundant clusters of small, brightly coloured flowers, which come in shades of red, orange, yellow, pink, and purple. These cheerful blooms attract butterflies and hummingbirds, adding to their allure. Lantanas thrive in full sun, so choose a sunny spot on your balcony where the plant will receive at least 6-8 hours of sunlight per day. While lantanas are drought-tolerant once established, they benefit from regular watering, especially during hot, dry weather. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings to prevent root rot. Prune lantanas regularly to promote bushy growth and remove spent flowers. This encourages continuous blooming throughout the growing season.

8. Hydrangea

Hydrangeas are deciduous shrubs native to Asia and the Americas. They are prized for their voluminous clusters of flowers, which come in a variety of colours, including white, pink, blue, and purple. The colour of hydrangea flowers can vary depending on the pH level of the soil, with acidic soil producing blue flowers and alkaline soil producing pink flowers. Hydrangeas prefer partial shade to full sun. Choose a spot on your balcony that receives morning sun and afternoon shade, especially in hot climates.  Plant hydrangeas in well-draining soil enriched with organic matter, such as compost or aged manure. Hydrangeas require regular watering to keep the soil consistently moist, especially during hot, dry weather. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot. Mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.

9. Geranium

Geraniums are a staple in many balcony gardens, thanks to their bold, bright blooms and pleasant fragrance. These versatile plants can be grown in pots, hanging baskets, or window boxes. Geraniums are relatively low-maintenance and thrive in both sun and partial shade. Water deeply but allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Remove dead leaves and spent blooms to keep the plant healthy. Fertilize every few weeks with a high-potash fertilizer to encourage flowering.

10. Impatiens

Impatiens are ideal for adding colour to shaded areas of your balcony. These flowers come in a wide range of colours and bloom continuously throughout the summer. Impatiens are perfect for hanging baskets, pots, or window boxes in shaded spots. Water regularly, as they prefer consistently moist soil. Use a well-draining potting mix to prevent waterlogging. Fertilize every two weeks with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.

Conclusion

Creating a colourful summer balcony garden has been one of the most rewarding experiences for me, and I hope it will be for you too. There's something incredibly special about watching your petunias bloom and inhaling the calming scent of jasmine after a long day. Your balcony transforms into a personal retreat, a sanctuary where you can unwind and reconnect with nature.

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