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Balcony garden in autumn: tips and ideas how to create one in the apartment with limited space

When summer is over, you need to refresh and beautify your balcony garden for autumn, so that you can enjoy your only outdoor space in the city all season until the onset of winter. To that end, you can plant fall flowers in containers, put together attractive fall plant arrangements, and add some autumnal decorative elements. And if you like homegrown organic vegetables and herbs, you can choose the right varieties. In this article, you will learn how to create a balcony garden in autumn and which autumn plants, flowers and vegetables are suitable.

Grow fall flowers on the balcony

Autumn balcony garden - tips and ideas on how to create one.

Some of the most popular fall flowers for balcony are featherbush (Celosia), chrysanthemums, heather, pansies, carnations (Dianthus), aster and stonewort (Alyssum).

Chrysanthemum: Beautiful chrysanthemums create a cushion of color in festive, seasonal shades of red, orange, yellow, peach, white and contrasting shades of pink. Because of their popularity, you can find these fall flowers in a variety of sizes. For a balcony garden in the fall, you can find petite mini mums in tiny 5 cm wide pots. They are perfect for table decoration.

Fall Flowers for Balcony – Featherbush: Hardy and easy to care for, featherbush is a natural fall plant, as many varieties appear in the traditional color palette. Celosia offers bright yellow, warm orange, scarlet and deep burgundy purple accents for your balcony garden. Plus, the flame-like flower clusters add fun vertical structure to other fall flowers on the balcony.

Fall planting for balcony – pansies: Pretty pansies offer delightful cool-season color in nearly every shade of the rainbow. Pansies are wonderfully versatile and heavy bloomers. They may be the perfect fall flower for the balcony. Old-fashioned varieties grow in neat clusters. Also look for new varieties that grow runner-like and are ideal for hanging baskets.
Tip: If you plant pansies in the fall, in many areas they will bloom again in the spring.

Fall Asters: You can grow asters as beautiful fall perennials in many regions, but they are also excellent annuals. Asters bloom in shades of purple, pink, white and blue and are an ideal change from the traditional end-of-season color palette.
Tip: Asters are one of the best plants to feed hungry bees and butterflies in the fall.

What autumn flowers with purple flowers are suitable for balcony garden! Find out here !

Do not miss leafy plants

Create autumn balcony garden - do not miss foliage plants

Plant vigorous foliage plants that sing the praises of autumn! After all, this is the season of red, brown, orange and yellow plants. Some of the best foliage plants for fall are purple bellflower ( heuchera), wonder shrub (croton), ornamental grass, New Zealand flax (Phormium tenax), begonia, oakleaf hydrangea, variegated nettle (coleus), stonecrop ( sedum), etc. You can also grow herbs with them!

Autumn plants for balcony: wonder shrub is ideal for autumn. It is an indoor plant in cold regions (or a shrub in frost-free areas), but also grows well as an annual. Enjoy its flamboyant foliage in rich reds, oranges, yellows and purples on your balcony. Look for several varieties to find the perfect croton for your fall planting.

Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum): Although not a flower, purple fountain grass is the ideal accent for other fall flowers on the balcony. Its burgundy-purple foliage blends perfectly with other colors. It also brings wonderful texture to your fall plantings.

Yellow fall flowers should not be missing from your fall garden. Here are some examples of suitable species!

Balcony garden in autumn – plant seasonal vegetables

Create balcony autumn garden - plant seasonal vegetables

Plant fall vegetables in late summer and early fall for harvest in late fall and early winter. You can grow greens such as lettuce, spinach, kale and arugula. You can also plant other vegetables such as carrots, beets, radishes, beets and even tomatoes. Choose cool and early-maturing varieties for fall tomatoes.

Lettuce: Whether it’s for flavor or vitamin content, homegrown lettuce is better than store-bought. Since it’s grown in the cool season, it can easily grow in the fall. Plant it at least eight weeks before frost for fall lettuce. It can also tolerate light frost!

Pak Choi: A member of the cabbage family, bok choi is also known as pak choi. It is a cold-weather crop and can be sown in late summer and early fall. Baby bok choy is ready for harvest in 30 days, while the larger varieties take 4-6 weeks. It is rich in nutrients and a perfect addition to any low calorie diet.

Pak Choi recipe ideas can be found here !

Beet: You can grow beet in late summer and early fall for harvest in late fall and early winter. If you live in a temperate climate, you can also grow beets in the winter. Not only the roots, but the greens of the beets are edible and tasty. Learn all about growing beets in pots

Create balcony garden in autumn – More tips & ideas.

Create interesting combinations of plants in the outdoor area


  • Create interesting plant combinations: Create interesting container combinations of popular fall plants. You can even grow them vertically in a pallet garden.

The colors of autumn belong to the warm tones - red, brown, orange, yellow, bronze and others.

  • Opt for fall colors: Fall colors include warm tones – red, brown, orange, yellow, bronze, tan and copper. Try to bring these colors into your autumn balcony garden with plants, pots, furniture, accessories and fabrics.
  • Use autumnal decorative elements: to enhance your fall decor, use autumnal decorative items such as a pumpkin, cozy candles, rustic furniture and pine cones.