New planting and garden design for Upper East Side, Manhattan balcony garden. The plants needed to be shade tolerant and make the most of this small outdoor space. We used larger shrubs such as Pieres Hydrangea and Azalea; along with under plantings of Japanese Forest Grass, Huchera, and Ferns. Unfortunately there was no water source for a drip irrigation sprinkler system, so these plants will rely on hand watering. Good thing its a shady spot!

With the right plants, you can transform your balcony into an inviting space that thrives year round. Balconies are one of the most challenging spaces to grow plants, and that’s why the secret to a successful balcony garden is to choose the right plants for the conditions. Whether your balcony is shaded or drenched in sun all day, you’ll find the right plants for your space below. Most of these plants only require minimal watering and little or no fertilising. If you have failed at bal…