What are Houseplants for a Balcony Facing North?

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What are Houseplants for a Balcony Facing North?
African violets tolerate low light conditions. (African violet image by pncphotos from Fotolia.com)

Houseplants for a north-facing balcony will need to tolerate lowlight conditions. Many plants thrive with this type of lighting, so you can have a balcony with flourishing potted or hanging plants to enhance your outdoor area. Add a patio table and some chairs to create a serene haven where you can admire the beautiful greenery of your houseplants and breathe in the fresh air.

Kentia Palm

Kentia palms (Howea forsteriana) are beautiful, tropical-looking plants that tolerate lowlight conditions. They have large, dark-green leaves, grow to heights of 5 to 20 feet and are perfect for a corner area of your balcony space. Kentia palms thrive in a moist, but not soggy soil. They grow well in small pots, but give the appearance of larger plants with their graceful, arching fronds.

African Violet

African violets (Saintpaulia ionantha) are an excellent choice for northern or eastern exposures indoors, so will thrive on a north-facing balcony. The colourful flowers bloom amid the fuzzy large green leaves. The flowers can be purple, shades of pink, red, orange, yellow or white. This compact plant will give your balcony area a touch of colour on a consistent basis. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy, to produce the small blooms.


Philodendrons are tough plants that are perfect for amateur gardeners. They tolerate low light conditions and neglect. The beautiful leaves sometimes are red when young and the plants will bloom with a flower similar to a calla lily under the perfect growing environment. The most common Philodendron has heart-shaped leaves, but other varieties have oblong, arrow-shaped or oval green leaves. Philodendrons thrive in moist soil, rich with organic matter. They are perfect for hanging baskets on your north-facing balcony, or as climbing or potted plants.

Cast-iron Plant

The cast-iron plant (Aspidistra elatior) earns its name by being a tough plant that continues to thrive under low light conditions and neglect. It even tolerates extreme temperatures. This hardy plant is a wise choice for people who do not have a green fingers. It has long, sword-like green or variegated leaves that grow directly out of the soil.

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