There are few things so serene as spending time on a beautiful balcony garden. We’ve rounded up eight of the most stunning small balcony gardens from around the world. Because a lavish rooftop garden is not a reality for most renters, all are under 300-square-feet. Each of these beautiful balcony gardens is blooming with inspiring ideas.
- Leafy oasis balcony garden in Toronto
Landscape architect Stanley Luk transformed his 300-square-foot condo terrace into a lush garden oasis. As featured in Toronto Life, Luk explains that his secret lies in using plants of different heights to create a continuous wall of green. He explains that the advantage of container gardening is that you can adjust the soil composition of each pot to grow plants that would not normally be found together.
- Outdoor living room balcony garden in Stockholm
Sewdish real estate website Bosthlm.se posted this shot of a Stockholm apartment balcony. Minimalist and low-maintenance, it’s perfect for those who love to read, entertain or snooze on their apartment balcony. The balcony measures approximately 50-square-feet. The furniture exactly fits the available space and the table is perfectly proportioned. Different textures and tonal colours were used to create a calm and cozy feeling that makes it easy to imagine curling up with a glass of wine and a good conversation with an old friend.
- Living wall balcony garden in Spain
This balcony garden is a living-wall lover’s dream. Ferns are ideal for this sort of wall as they are shade-loving and drought tolerant. The contrast of the lush jungle garden against the crisp white and teak couch makes this an ideal urban balcony design. Please get in touch if you know the original source so we can credit.
- High style balcony garden in Singapore
This stunning Singapore apartment balcony from Apartment Therapy is light on flowers but high on style. The black and white checker floor is the centre of attention here, with a few fig and palm trees strategically placed to add height and colour.
- Shaded balcony garden in Melbourne
This Melbourne balcony from the Aussie blog The Design Files is full of lush foliage. Although the wrap-around portion of this balcony makes it larger than we’d promised, the same effect could be achieved with multiple pots of palms, succulents, and and climbing vines. For example, a Japanese grapevine has been trained on wires here to provide natural shade above the seating area.
- Private balcony garden in Sydney
Created by landscape designers at Adam Robinson Design, the bamboo background creates a privacy screen that could be used by many apartment dwellers. Create a bamboo wall as a backdrop to garden furniture or layer within a larger multi-height garden. Just make sure your balcony can bear the weight of so much soil before making your bamboo dreams come true.
- Bouquet balcony garden
Use plant stands and railing planters to position simple terra cotta pots at different heights. Plant with a beautiful collection of brightly coloured flowers for a balcony garden that you and the neighbourhood pollinators will fall in love with. If your balcony does not possess those beautiful clay tiles, temporary deck flooring should do the trick. The secret to this garden is a simple background colour palette of the green and terra cotta, which makes the bright flower blooms look that much more beautiful.
- Romantic balcony garden
An pergola, also known as an arbour, is the perfect way to support creeping vines and hang whimsical fairy lights. The vines provide shade, fruit, and/or beautiful flowers. The lights and mix-matched vintage furniture make this space ideal for entertaining. The pergola approach could easily be modified for a apartment balcony with an overhang, avoiding the need to fix anything to the walls.