BBC Gardeners' World has covered the health benefits of gardening several times, and discussed it extensively on our podcast.
Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with a lot of green space. Though we can enjoy the many parks and public gardens the UK has to offer, many of us don't have access to a large private garden we can make our own.
The good news is that balcony planters make it easy for those in high-rises and flats to tend to plants. These pots and planters are designed to hang from your balcony railing, making them simple to care for while maximizing your growing space.
Whether you’re planting for colour or scent, or getting started growing fruits and vegetables, balcony planters offer a space-saving and affordable way to garden in places where it would be otherwise impossible.
The best balcony planters are relatively cheap and well adapted to fit on a range of railings and shelves, many can also fit a large number of plants in a small space to help you make the most of the space provided.
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Seven of the best balcony planters
Argos Home Bright Pink Balcony Planters - Set of 3
For a more uniform colour, try this set of simple, metal planters, great for holding a range of different plants. They're an unfussy, good-value way of developing mixed plant displays. The set is also available in yellow and aquamarine.
Large Willow Wall Hanging Planter
For a more natural look, this willow balcony planter is great for those who’d like to reduce their plastic consumption. The white willow blends into both contemporary and more classical balcony gardens.
Elho Green Basics Easy Hanger S Flower Pot
This hanging pot is ideal for a wide variety of plants. It’s UV-resistant and made of tough plastic and comes in a choice of bright and bold colours. If you’re worried about its green credentials, don’t - it’s made from recycled plastics.
Elements Tall Black Metal Trellis Planter
Although not specifically designed for balconies place this planter on one of the sides of your balcony and it makes a great trellis on which to hang plant pots or to train plants grown in the long planter in the middle. You could also hang the plant pots on your balcony railing as traditional balcony planters.
PlantyPlaces 6 Plant Shelf
We think this planter would be great for chefs; a wooden balcony planter with six little pots for growing small amounts of kitchen herbs. With six different potholes, you can grow all your essential herbs in one place.
Andrews Plastic Balcony Planter
A high-end balcony planter for busy gardeners, this has room for three standard nursery pots. What’s more, this pot comes with a wick irrigation system, so your plants will stay hydrated for up to 12 weeks.
This Product Guide was last updated in May 2021 and we apologise if anything has changed in price or availability.