If you’re living in a flat or apartment and you have access to your very own balcony, the chances are you’re going to want to personalise this in your own way. A balcony garden is extremely convenient when compared to other types of gardens. With minimal maintenance, an area big enough to sit on, and the perfect way to create a ‘wow’ area in your home, the balcony garden can provide you with a great sense of openness. In order to provide you with a few tips and tricks, we’ve put together a list of things to consider when starting your own balcony garden.
One of the things to really consider when it comes to your balcony garden is how you’re going to personalise it in your very own way. Personalization of your balcony garden can be as simple as adding a few plants, or adding beautiful furniture such as teak coffee tables or lounge chairs. There are a great number of different ways that you can put your own touch on your balcony garden, and if you have the space, you can even treat the area as your own with decorations and pottery.
Something many people tend to forget with balcony gardens is the safety aspect. If you’re high up in a flat, you’re going to want to consider the windy days, particularly in the winter. Some of the main issues when it comes to safety are things falling off, putting too much weight on your balcony which can damage the structure and drainage to ensure that your garden balcony doesn’t flood. When it comes to putting plants in your balcony garden, you’re going to need to ensure that you are watering them, where the water is going to come from and where it is going to go afterwards. Making sure that you have some form of drainage system in place is imperative.
When you’re in a flat, there are a number of different views that you can have from your balcony, however you’re going to want to also consider the conditions. If your balcony is facing the sunny side, then you’re going to want to ensure that you’re bringing in some shade for the hot summer months. If it is often windy on your balcony then wind-breakers can help to ensure that you’re keeping your balcony safe and making the experience of sitting on your balcony more enjoyable. If you don’t have a very good view then consider trellises.
Balconies are often left to deal with some of the most extreme forms of weather, so it is important that the plants you choose are durable. If you have a sunny balcony for example, why not choose the Mediterranean balcony garden plant of choice the geranium. There are a great number of different colours and styles to choose from, and they’re used to dealing with the sun! Grasses and herbs are also a great choice for balcony gardens as they are durable, and don’t require much maintenance.