Tips for the Perfect Balcony Garden

Image: A corner full of potted plants on an apartment balcony.Just because you may live several stories up, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a little oasis of green on your doorstep.

If you have a balcony, you can quickly and easily create your own garden area, despite the balcony size. These gardens can be easier to maintain and control than an ‘in the soil’ garden, as you have the luxury of being able to move your plants around to ensure they get the necessary light and water they require. Also, they don’t fall victim to certain pests such as slugs.

The first thing to do is to measure the space you have. Allow for the fact that you may want to sit out on your balcony as a couple of chairs will take up planting space. Think about the climate and exposure to sunlight. These factors will all influence what you plant.

Secondly, you need to decide if your garden is to be purely decorative or practical; growing herbs and other edible plants. Of course, a garden can be both if you wish, and growing your own foodstuffs is both rewarding and economical. Try to keep the two elements in their own distinct areas, though, to avoid any mix ups!

Although space is limited on a balcony, remember that you can always go up. Look at hanging baskets and wall or fence mounted containers. Also you could invest in climbing plants such as ivy or beans which could utilise the railings on your balcony.

Look at the colour scheme in the room leading out to the balcony, and try to incorporate some of this into your garden. This will help to add a sense of unity to your design.

When you have decided what plants you are going to feature, ensure that the containers you place them in have plenty of room for them to grown. Place stones over the drainage holes and remember that container plants tend to dry out quicker than soil garden plants, so ensure that you water them regularly.

After that just sit back, relax and enjoy your new balcony garden!