For those of us who live in apartments rather than houses, having a garden of our own might seem like a pipe dream. However, the truth is that you don’t have to wait until you move to enjoy a beautiful outside space. If you have a balcony, it’s more than possible to transform your little slice of outdoors into somewhere that you enjoy spending time and still feels like you are spending time in nature. It just takes a bit of careful planning and organization. In fact, you even have the benefit of fewer pests and no weeds!
Here are our top tips:
Before you get started, there are a few factors you need to consider. For instance:
- How much space you have
- How much weight the balcony can take
- If there’s a risk of anything falling off the edge
- Whether the balcony gets a lot of sun, is windy, or is usually in the shade
- How much privacy you have from your neighbors
All of these will affect what plants, furniture, and other items you can have in your balcony garden. Don’t think of them as negatives, though – you might dream of one day having the sort of huge garden people need riding lawn mowers for, but the space you can create for yourself on a balcony can still be stunning.
When you’re limited on space like you are with a balcony, it’s important to think about exactly what you want to get from your garden so that you can make sure it suits your purposes. For instance, are you most interested in growing your own vegetables, having beautiful flowers to look at, or creating a space to sit in and have meals or read a book outside? Once you know what your priority is, you’ll be able to design a balcony garden that perfectly matches your specific needs and wants. If you’re looking for a space to sit on the ground and relax you could even think about adding a small section of artificial grass.
Make the Most of Vertical Space
Due to the fact that on a balcony you often don’t have a lot of floor area, it’s a good idea to make effective use of your wall space instead. For example, this could be by hanging wall planters with trailing flowers and leaves, or fixing your lighting to the wall.
You can also hang flowerpots on your balcony railing for more coverage, which has the added benefit of making the space a little more private. Just be sure to choose plants that are happy growing in pots rather than those that need lots of soil and room to thrive.
Appeal to All the Senses
When working with a small space like a balcony, you want to consider all the senses, but also not overwhelm yourself. By this, we mean that instead of having a host of clashing colors and fragrances competing against one another, you could choose two or three complementary shades and scents that will harmonize well in the space.
When it comes to lighting, fairy lights or smaller lanterns are good choices, rather than high-powered bulbs that will make you feel as though you’re on display for the world to see. There are even solar-powered versions so you can save on electricity!