A balcony filled with flowers

A balcony filled with flowers really lifts your mood! You can easily create a cheerful balcony with flower bulbs of different shapes, sizes and colours.

Suitable flower bulbs

Any type of bulb can be planted in a balcony planter. The only thing you need to consider is the growing height. Balconies often catch more wind, so tall flowers will blow over more quickly. And that would be a shame. So, choose varieties that grow less tall (the packaging of the bulbs will tell you how tall they grow).


Plant your bulbs in autumn, before the first frost. Spring-flowering bulbs need a period of cold to achieve beautiful blooms. If you plant flower bulbs in a balcony planter, make sure that excess water can drain away via holes at the bottom of the pot.

  • Place a layer of old pot shards, hydroponic clay or gravel at the bottom of the pot.
  • Sprinkle a generous layer of potting soil on top.
  • Plant the bulbs in the potting soil, making sure they do not touch.
  • Cover the bulbs with a layer of potting soil and press down firmly.
  • Next, water them just once or twice.
  • You can water the bulbs again in spring, when they start to grow. This method will promote growth and flowering.


  • Low-growing bulbs that are suitable for the balcony are crocus (Crocus), Scilla, glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa), grape hyacinths (Muscari) and small-crowned daffodils (Narcissus).
  • If you plant pansies, heather or other winter bloomers on top of your bulbs, your balcony will look inviting in autumn and winter as well.