Life on the Edge in Your Urban Garden

May 3, 2010 by

Berlin-based designer Michael Hilgers offers a fresh alternative to the traditional balcony planter box, one that is perfect for any urban garden with limited space. His On the Edge line of pots are 100% water-resistant polyethylene with two separate chambers that slip easily over and sit securely on any balcony railing with a maximum thickness of 60mm.

In it’s separate compartments you could easily plant flowers on one side, herbs on the other.

A similar over-the-railing balcony planter is produced by Greenbo.

The VertVert system allows you to start a vertical garden

The On the Edge planter becomes a bird feeder in winter!

Don’t live in a climate that allows you to garden year-round? Consider turning your planters into  bird feeders.

The Hot Bucky turns the corner of your balcony into a garden

No drilling or screws needed for the “Herbert” planter.


  1. Georgia said:

    Amazing set of truly *urban* planters. Really like the dual nature of the planter-feeder containers.

    — May 3, 2010 @ 21:26

  2. Barbara said:

    Every design is ideal. Where was this when I was in Manhattan! Since no drainage holes are seen – adding a few inches of rock at the bottom and keeping aware of the water intake will keep gardeners and plants happy!

    — May 4, 2010 @ 09:25

  3. Robin Plaskoff Horton said:

    There are drainage holes in the bottom. In fact, I wondered about the tenants below, but I think they rest far enough off the edge that maybe the drips miss the people under them.

    — May 4, 2010 @ 09:34

  4. Jay Chua said:

    I am impressed with how well you making use of Urban + Green design.
    It’s hard to design in an environmentally friendly approach especially if you live in the city, but I guess the pictures said it’s all possible.

    Jay Chua

    — May 5, 2010 @ 23:03

  5. Robin Plaskoff Horton said:

    Thank you Jay for your kind feedback. Our cities need great green design and urbanites want it.

    — May 7, 2010 @ 09:40

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  9. Garden Pots said:

    These are really cool pots- I think I saw some of these last time I was over in Holland

    — March 1, 2011 @ 05:57

  10. kathy said:

    Where can you buy on the edge pots?

    — June 24, 2011 @ 18:52

  11. Adriana Castellanos said:

    Hola me gustaría comprarles unas macetas para un roof garden, me pueden dar un mail para ponerme en contacto con ustedes:

    Adriana Castellanos

    — April 22, 2013 @ 13:42

  12. Cherie Camp said:

    I must have the On the Edge Planter that becomes a bird feeder! Please advise as to where I can purchase one +!

    I live in Seattle WA, USA.

    Thank you ever so.


    — January 14, 2022 @ 12:35

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