Sometimes there can be a lack of greenery for those living in the city. We have chosen 10 plants that would be perfect for an urban balcony and city conditions. These plants handle versatile weather conditions, sun exposure, and mild pollution. 


1. Lilly Pilly Resilience 

Water:  3 times a week in summer and once a week in winter.

Placement:  Sun or Partial Shade.

Lily Pilly
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2. Gardenia 

Water:  3 times a week in summer and once a week in winter.

Placement:  Sun or partial shade and outdoor sheltered position. 

Gardenia
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3. Liriope ‘Giant Evergreen’

Water:  3 times a week in summer and once a week in winter.

Placement:  Sun or partial shade and outdoor sheltered position. 

Liriope ‘Giant Evergreen’
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4. Rosemary Tuscan Blue

Water:  1 time a week in summer and once a fortnight in winter.

Placement:  Outdoor full sun, outdoor partial sun and outdoor exposed position. 

Rosemary Tuscan Blue 
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5. Citrus Tree

Water:  3 times a week in summer and once a week in winter.

Placement:  Outdoor full sun and outdoor exposed position. 

Citrus Tree  
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6. Black Eyed Susan Vine

Water:  3 times a week in summer and once a week in winter.

Placement:  Outdoor full sun and outdoor exposed position. 

Black Eyed Susan Vine

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7. Boston Fern

Water:  2-3 times a week in summer and once a week in winter.

Placement:  Outdoor indirect or partial sun. 

Boston Fern
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8. Succulents and Cacti

Water:  Once a week.

Placement: Outdoor full sun.

Succulents and Cacti

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9. Salad Planter

Despite living the concrete jungle you can still grow fresh and organic foods on your balcony. Grow a variety of lettuces, edible blooms, tarragon, and spinach. 

Water:  Once a week.

Placement: Outdoor, indirect or direct sun. 

Salad Planter
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10. Culinary Herbs

Having a little herb garden is great when living in the city. It is a quick and inexpensive way to avoid going to the supermarket and makes your urban balcony look even better.  Grow parsley, basil, chives, mint, dill, and coriander (cilantro). 

Water: Once a week.

Placement: Outdoor, indirect or direct sun. 

Herbs Garden
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Extra Tip:

If you live amongst several buildings and your apartment looks directly into another try putting up Bamboo Screening. 

Bamboo Fencing

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Happy Gardening!