No Garden, No Problem
March 6, 2019
Just because you live in an apartment complex or a small townhouse doesn’t mean you can’t have your own lush, luxurious garden.
If you have a balcony, all you need is the know-how and a little imagination to create a beautiful outdoor living space for you and your family.
We’ve put together some great ideas and handy tips for balcony gardens; with the right plants, tools and materials, anyone can get these done.
Remember – start small, do your research, and ask questions when you need to.
Use Hardy Evergreens as a Base
Keep your balcony garden alive all year-round by planting evergreens. These robust plants will survive the coldest months; think box shrubs, lavender, daphne plants and aucuba.
Place them in pots along your railing, or put them in wide hanging planters, and you’ll have a great green base you can add colour to by incorporating flowering plants.
Create a Seating Area
Depending on the width of your balcony, position a couple of cast-aluminium chairs and a small table or a bench on one end to extend your indoor living space.
This is a brilliant tip if your balcony has a view, or is on a higher floor. Enjoy drinking your cup of coffee or tea out in the fresh air, with the sun on your shoulders, surrounded by plants.
Add Zen to Your Balcony
If you prefer a more tranquil look and feel – add some bamboo plants to one end of your balcony to create a natural screen. You can also lay out pebbles and gravel on your balcony floor for some interesting texture.
Bamboo is a very resilient plant that requires minimum maintenance, so the bonus is, there’s no fuss. In keeping with this theme, you can even upcycle wooden pallets to serve as a low seat or a bench.
Go for Fancy Floor
Setting some large colourful rugs on your balcony floor will instantly liven up your garden. Plus, these are easy to roll up for cleaning, or when it starts to rain.
If you’re looking for more uniformity, opt for rolling synthetic grass on the length of the floor. Or to simulate a small lawn, you can use a sturdy carpet.
Touches like these add a little fancy to your balcony garden and feel great under bare feet.
Go for Functional Plants
If you’ve got limited outdoor space, herbs such as rosemary, oregano, mint, chives, and basil are popular options.
Not only are they relatively easy to take care of, but they’re also excellent for vertical or hanging gardens, and are living ingredients for your cooking creations. Pluck some mint leaves off your planter to make tea or cut a few stalks of rosemary to add some ‘wow’ factor to your lamb recipe.
If you’re looking for a challenge, create a small vegetable garden on your balcony, with low-maintenance plants such as tomatoes or eggplants.
These are easy ways to bring green into your life. All you need is a balcony, some patience, and the right plants to create a beautiful outdoor space where you’ll love spending time.