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Harsh Microclimate

Balconies and courtyards in Brisbane offer a very harsh environment or microclimate.

The factors involved include:

  • Wind:  A 19th-floor balcony can be a very windy place.  It is probably best if the plants are not taller than the railing.
  • Sun:  The direction the balcony faces is very important:
    • North:  A Northerly facing balcony gets a lot of winter sun but is probably the best aspect.
    • East:  An Easterly facing balcony will get morning sun, which can be very hot in the summer.
    • West:  A Westerly facing balcony will get the afternoon sun and cook some plant species.
    • South:  A Southerly facing balcony is the worst, it gets no sun and plants really suffer.
  • Rain:  Some balconies let the rain in and others are totally sheltered.

Type of Balcony Planters

Most indoor planters can be used on balconies but may need an overflow hole to prevent them from filling up with water from the rain.  Some people don’t like this because the planters overflow onto the tiles and may stain – but this is unavoidable.

Typically planters made for outside are made of Concrete, lightweight concrete (fibreglass composites) or terracotta and need to be configured for sub-irrigation with an overflow in case of rain.


Auchenflower Troughs. There are 10 in this range. They very from low to tall and short to long.
Three Yuccas on a balcony.
Concrete Planter. Sub-irrigated with a Strelitzia.
Concrete Planter. Configured with sub-irrigation. This planter is only watered every two weeks.
Contrete Planters with Philodendrons.
Mon-Komo Redcliffe. This display unit was serviced every two weeks.
Concrete Planter with a Golden Cane.
Beautiful Kauri Pine in a stunning Diva Planter.
Duffel Planter with NZ Umbrella Tree. Striped Chair.
Hendra Planter with Umbrella Tree.
Duffel Planter on a balcony with Monstera Deliciosa. The Monstera Deliciosa is an old-fashioned plant but is popular again, especially for balconies.
Balcony with a group of Duffel Planters.
Duffel Pots Port Side. Robust plants (newly planted) for a mostly South facing balcony.
Milton. There are 4 sizes in this range.
Newmarket 58 in concrete. Bromeliad on balcony with a harsh climate.
Concrete Stone Look. These are incredibly heavy. They have been configured for sub-irrigation.
Terrazzo Cube Planter on a balcony with Rhapis Palm.
Balcony with Terrazzo Cubes
Terrazzo Planter on a balcony with a Philodendron Zanadu.