Does Lavender Thrive In The Balcony Box?

A beautifully planted balcony gives a lot of pleasure, especially in the summer. Few things are more relaxing than sitting among all the wonderfully blooming and fragrant plants after work while enjoying a glass of wine.

Lavendel Balkon

The optimal location on the balcony


Flowering lavender reminds of the last vacation and relaxes body and mind, moreover, the intense scent keeps away pesky insects. Instead, the highly nectar-containing flowers provide rich food for bees and butterflies. In order for lavender to feel at home on your balcony, it should have sun all day long if possible – ergo, a southern or southwestern orientation is desirable. It should also be as sheltered as possible to protect the plants from strong weather conditions such as wind and precipitation.

Other suitable plants for a flowering balcony


Similar needs in terms of location as the lavender have flowering perennials such as

  • Bearded flowers
  • Broom
  • Summer and autumn lilacs
  • almond tree
  • ornamental apple and cherry
  • Rosemary, sage and thyme
  • St. John’s wort
  • Rock pear
  • Wild roses (e.g. shrub roses)
  • Substrate and planting container


The roots of lavender require quite a lot of space, so the planting container should be as wide and deep as possible. Low-growing lavender varieties can also be cultivated in a balcony box, although you should make sure that there is adequate water drainage. Balcony boxes (54,00€ at Amazon) accumulate water, which can quickly become a deadly trap for drought-loving plants like lavender. Consequently, a permeable, sandy substrate and drainage with expanded clay,(22,00€ at Amazon) pebbles or shards of clay is essential. The substrate should also be as lean as possible. For this purpose, you can mix commercial potting soil with plenty of sand (e.g. play sand, in a ratio of 1:1).

Propagate lavender
Lavender can be propagated quite easily via cuttings. If you don’t have the space to overwinter the perennial plant properly, simply take cuttings and overwinter them. This saves a lot of space and usually works well on a windowsill in an unheated bedroom. For this purpose, cut off shoots about 10 to 15 centimeters long, still green, and put them in suitable lavender soil. Keep the substrate slightly moist, but not wet. The cuttings will take root after an average of four to six weeks. Besides, you can grow lavender plants yourself from commercially available seeds in the spring, instead of buying ready-made plantlets.

Winter lavender on the balcony?
Hardy lavender – which in principle only includes the many varieties of true lavender – can usually be overwintered on the balcony, provided good protection, of course. Cover the substrate with brushwood and wrap the pot with protective mats (e.g., coconut) or fleece to protect the delicate roots from frost. Non-hardy lavender – such as the particularly popular potted lavender – should not be left outside in winter, but should be left in cold storage conditions. Temperatures between 10 and 12 °C are ideal.

Tips & Tricks
Plant your lavender in containers made of natural materials such as clay, if possible. Plastic containers store too much water and do not allow it to evaporate, so a climate unfavorable to lavender can develop in them.

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