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Southern Wisconsin
balconygardener1212
May 13, 2018 8:32 PM CST
I would like to plant some pretty flowers and beautiful plants on my balcony. The only trouble is I live on the 8th floor and have never planted anything like this. There is no wind block and it is a southern exposure with no shade but the building. I bought 2 16" planters to plant in and some landscape fabric with staples to hold down the topsoil. I also got a weight to put in the bottom of the planter to prevent it from tipping over.

What kinds of plants could I plant in these conditions? I'm not looking to grow any food, just grow pretty things like flowers. I already have plenty of succulents inside my apartment, so I'd like to grow something else if possible, but am open to the idea.
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
Dog Lover Dragonflies
MindiHammerstone
May 13, 2018 10:38 PM CST
Hi and welcome Welcome!

It all depends on what you like. Petunias come in all sorts of shapes and colors and could trail over your pots and in my experience bloom like crazy. Marigolds are pretty and come in various colors.

Snapdragons are pretty!!

Go to your neighborhood gardening center and see what you like. You can also ask for help on what grows best in your area. And go from there.

There are all sorts of things you can plant. I gave you annuals which means they just put on a show until wintertime and then you'd probably have to replant the next spring. There are pretty plants that stick around for blooming time and come back each spring. Those are perennials.

Some of my favorites are gardenias and hydrangeas. But there are so much more. Those are examples of perennials.

I don't know how harsh your winters are. So some plants like gardenias and I believe hydrangeas would need to come into the warmth of your house to keep them alive for a harsh winter.

That's just my opinion and some examples 😀

Happy Gardening!!!

😀

Mindi

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