7 Planting Ideas To Create a Private Balcony

When my wife and I moved into our flat, we wanted a way to enjoy our small balcony space without feeling looked at during our moments of relaxation. After exploring various options, including buying a balcony screen, we decided to use strategically chosen plants to block out prying eyes and add extra colour to our outside space.

In this article, we’re going to cover our 7 favourite plants that can help transform your balcony into a private space for you to relax in.


Jasmine is an excellent choice for making your balcony more private, thanks to its abundance of dark green foliage which can be trained along your balcony railings to provide great coverage. In addition to its privacy benefits, jasmine has beautiful flowers that give off a delightful fragrance, especially in the evening, which makes it the perfect plant to help you relax after a hard day of work.

Growing jasmine is really easy. You just need a large enough container and a trellis or your balcony railings for it to climb up. If you’d like to learn more about choosing the right container for your balcony plants, click here.


While we’re on the topic of smell, lavender is another great choice for your balcony, due to its fragrant flowers and uses in cooking. When planted in rows, lavender creates a thick, bushy screen that can effectively block prying eyes, providing a private space on your balcony. In our opinion, its height and fullness looks great on any balcony, making it a must buy for your space.

We’d recommend checking out our guide to growing herbs on your balcony if you’d like to learn more about how to care for your lavender.


Whenever I think of a plant that gives privacy, bamboo always comes to mind. Known for its dense foliage and speed of growth, bamboo is the number one plant if you want a lot of privacy very quickly. The rustling sound that bamboo makes is also incredibly relaxing and can act as a small sound barrier, so it’s also ideal if you live on a busy street.

Caring for bamboo is relatively easy also, just requiring regular watering and the occasional prune.


Hydrangeas are another great choice for creating a private and beautiful balcony. These long-flowering, low-maintenance shrubs have surged in popularity due to their vibrant coloured flowers that can last for up to 3 seasons. Their bountiful foliage can help to provide privacy in specific areas, such as blocking a neighbour’s view from their window or balcony.

Hydrangeas are relatively easy to care for, as they only require an annual prune and can grow on both sunny and semi-shade balconies.

Small Trees

While most people don’t think it’s possible, you can in fact grow trees on your balcony, which offers an outstanding amount of privacy. We would highly recommend choosing an evergreen tree to give you year-round privacy and to reduce the leaf mess that you need to clear up in the autumn.

It’s worth noting that there are quite a few things to consider when growing a tree on your balcony, so we’d recommend you read this guide before you get started.


Eucalyptus is a striking choice for balcony privacy, known for its silvery green foliage and pleasant fragrance. The plant not only deters annoying insects but also attracts pollinators with its pale, pompom flowers. Eucalyptus thrives in sunny, sheltered spots, making it perfect for bright balconies.

If you’re looking to buy a eucalyptus, we’d recommend that you plant it in a large container with well-drained soil and prune it regularly to control its size.


Lobelia, are bushy plants which are great for potting in a hanging basket, making them ideal for dealing with privacy issues in higher parts of your balcony. Their bright blue flowers and foliage that spills over the edge of its containers make them a really attractive plant to grow.


So there we have it, our top 7 plants for adding privacy to your balcony. When choosing your plants, we’d recommend that you start with evergreens to ensure that you have year-round greenery before adding the colourful or fragrant plants for the extra pop.

If you’re looking for more planting advice for your balcony, take a look at our recommendations for shade-loving or sun-loving plants. Alternatively, click here for a guide to growing vegetables on your balcony.

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