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Seven of the best balcony planters

Brighten up your balcony with Gardeners' World's guide to some of the best balcony planters.

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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. 

For more help, check out our guide to making a balcony garden, or be inspired with our guides to herb planters and living walls


Seven of the best balcony planters 

1

Argos Home Bright Pink Balcony Planters – Set of 3

Argos Home Bright Pink Balcony Planters - Set of 3 - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
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. 

Price: £12

Buy the Argos Home Curated Balcony Planter from Argos


2

Large Willow Wall Hanging Planter

Large Willow Wall Hanging Planter - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
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. 

Price: £26.99

Buy the Large Willow Wall Hanging Planter Notonthehighstreet


3

Elho Green Basics Easy Hanger S Flower Pot

Elho Green Basics Easy Hanger S Flower Pot - BBC Gardeners' World
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. 

Price: £10.99

Buy the Elho Green Basics Easy Hanger S Flower Pot from Amazon


4

Elements Tall Black Metal Trellis Planter

Elements Tall Black Metal Trellis Planter - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
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. 

Price: £70

Buy the Elements Tall Black Metal Trellis Planter from Dunelm


5

PlantyPlaces 6 Plant Shelf

PlantyPlaces 6 Plant Shelf - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine
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. 

Price: £64.76

Buy the PlantyPlaces 6 Plant Shelf from Etsy


6

Andrews Plastic Balcony Planter

Andrews Plastic Balcony Planter
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.

Price: £57.99

Buy the Andrews Plastic Balcony Planter from Wayfair


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This Product Guide was last updated in May 2021 and we apologise if anything has changed in price or availability.