What Can I Grow On A Windy Balcony?

What Can I Grow On A Windy Balcony

If you live in a flat apartment, but you have a balcony, you might be using that small piece of outdoor space to grow your various different plants. However, the conditions that the balcony faces can be a very important determining factor as to what you can or cannot grow.

If you have a very windy balcony, growing plants will be a bigger challenge. This is because strong winds can easily cause damage to your plants, hindering their growth and throwing the entire process into chaos. 

So if your balcony is windy, you will have to choose to grow plants that are more wind-resistant, so that they can continue to thrive despite the circumstances.

These plants will have more flexible stems, and stronger root systems, so that wind damage is significantly minimized. They will also be plants that are able to withstand dry soil, as wind will dry out the top layer of soil very quickly, leading to water loss. 

Basically, a windy balcony can only house plants that are wind-resistant, with traits that make them tougher and more able to survive in a windy setting. The question is, which plants are wind-resistant and suitable for a windy balcony? We’ve got you covered! 

The best plants for a windy balcony

As we have mentioned, the only plants suited to a windy balcony are those that are wind-resistant, with flexible stems, strong roots, and ideally, self-watering properties to withstand the dried-out soil. 

Here are our top favorite picks for plants that would be ideal for a windy balcony: 

Bamboo:

Bamboo plants are one of the best options for windy balconies, not only because they can survive in windy conditions with ease, but also because they will protect the rest of the balcony from the harsher winds, therefore acting as a sort of shield. 

They can be easily grown in containers or pots that have a good drainage system, and they will require plenty of water. During the winter, bamboo plants are at risk from the cold, so they will need to be wrapped in burlap so that the roots are protected and don’t get frostbite.

If it gets especially cold, then you will probably have to move your bamboo indoors for a while, until it gets a bit warmer again. 

Butterfly and Bee mix:

This mix of Butterfly and Bee can include a variety of different flowering plants, which is perfect for creating a colorful and bright basket of nature on your balcony.

They require quite a lot of sunlight, so it is necessary that your balcony is situated somewhere sunny, but they will be able to withstand windy conditions with ease, as they are pretty tough and self-watering. With some fertilizer, they can grow to be pretty big, all while being low-maintenance. 

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Caryopteris:

Also known as the Bluebeard, the Caryopteris is ideal for a windy balcony as it is incredibly tough, able to resist diseases, the cold, and water loss. It loves the sun and will thrive in sunlight, but it can also survive in temperatures that go as low as -5 degrees celsius. 

There are a few different varieties of the plant, mainly the Summer Sorbet, the Autumn Pink, the White Surprise, and The Dark Knight. All of them are beautiful in appearance, and they also attract plenty of bees and butterflies, so your balcony will be a little haven from nature. 

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Catmint:

Catmint is a very visually appealing plant that has blue flowers, sometimes referred to as Nepeta. It is very wind-resistant thanks to the extra strong root system, and thanks to the self-watering and enduring properties it showcases. 

Catmint plants should be planted in a container that is 200mm wide and deep, with high-quality soil, and some fertilizer. 

Cornflower:

Cornflower plants are tough and resistant, with beautiful bright colored flowers, a native to Europe. They need quite a lot of sunlight in order to thrive properly, but they will be able to resist the windy environment of your balcony with ease. 

They need rich organic matter, and other than that, they are able to retain moisture for long periods of time by themselves. They should be planted between March and may so that they can then be in full bloom during the summer months. 

Dwarf Sunflower:

Sunflowers are visually striking and a favorite to many people and the dwarf version of the plant just so happens to be perfect for windy balconies. These are best grown after the winter season, to avoid the frost.

Seeds will take between 7 to 14 days of germination, and then they can be transferred to a bigger container and left to grow. They need quite a lot of sunlight, as they are sunflowers, but should resist the wind no problem. 

Gaillardia:

The Gaillardia is a beautiful flower plant of bright colors that can be grown in a pot and left on a windy balcony, no problem. They don’t need to be watered regularly and can survive in dried-out soil, which is why they are so good with strong winds. 

They need to be planted in containers that are at least 10 inches big, and the soil should be well-drained. 

Gazania:

Gazanias are beautiful flowering plants that are able to withstand the conditions of a windy balcony. They need warm weather in order to thrive, which means they won’t be able to survive outdoors during the colder winter months. However, the wind is completely fine! 

Lady’s Mantle:

The Lady’s Mantle is a low-growing herb that produces groups of bright yellow flowers, ideal for making your balcony somewhat more stylish.

They require a lot of sunlight, so you will have to make sure that the balcony gets enough sunlight, but as they are low-growing they are able to withstand the wind really well, plus they can retain moisture relatively well. You will have to water them often, to ensure they are thriving, but other than that they are pretty low-maintenance. 

Poppy:

Poppies are incredibly beautiful flowers, which are also highly sought after for their popularity and significance. They are very easy to grow, and they are pretty self-watering, which is why they are ideal for placing on a windy balcony, as they will be capable of withstanding the conditions. 

They do, however, need quite a bit of sunlight, so make sure you’re placing them in a good spot where the sun can reach them for most of the day. 

Sempervivum:

Sempervivum plants are highly capable of surviving in very windy conditions, as well as through drought conditions, which makes them a perfect candidate for your windy balcony.

They are a beautiful addition, with leaves that change color throughout the year. Plus, they can withstand the cold with ease, meaning you can leave them outside all year round. 

They just need a container with a good enough drainage, and that is able to hold around 1 liter of compost. 

Vegetables and Herbs:

There are many different types of vegetables, fruits, and herbs that can be grown on a windy balcony, as they are able to withstand the conditions. You can look out for wind-tolerant seeds, and choose those which appeal to you the most.

Usually, the best route is to plant them indoors, wait for them to germinate, and then move them outdoors ensuring they are in an appropriate container. However, you should avoid placing typically indoor vegetables and herbs on your balcony, as these will be less likely to withstand the wind successfully. 

How to make your balcony less windy

There are plenty of plants and flowers that can be grown on a windy balcony, as demonstrated by the list above we compiled for you. However, if you want to grow other types of plants that aren’t as good with the wind, there is another route you can take: make the balcony less windy. 

Sure, you can’t outright stop the wind or redirect it, but you can put certain measures in place in order to shield and protect your balcony space from the wind so that different types of plants can grow there in peace. 

Here are some of our favorite options for blocking out the wind from your balcony: 

Deck Screens:

Deck screens can be easily installed and are very heavy-duty, meaning they will be able to withstand strong winds with ease, as they are attached to the structure of the balcony itself. They will not only protect and shield from the wind, they will also provide shade, privacy, and much more. 

Bamboo Screens:

Most bamboo screens can be installed horizontally or vertically, and can even have the option to be rolled up when not needed. This is a great option for when you want to shield from the wind at times, but allow sunlight through the rest of the day. 

Wood or Resin Privacy Screens:

These are freestanding screens that do not require any installation, meaning they are a lot easier to set up, and ideal for temporary situations. They are often used in order to provide privacy on the balcony, but they can also be used to shield plants from the wind. 

Outdoor Shades:

There are many different types of outdoor shades, to suit plenty of different needs and preferences. It’s all about choosing what works best for protecting your potential plants, taking everything into account.