Bring Summer to Your Small Space With a Lush Green Balcony Garden
Love to garden, don’t have a yard? Here are some ideas to bring your balcony alive with greenery.
Love to garden, but don’t have a plot of land to work with? Apartment dwellers with a green thumb and a little ingenuity can use their outdoor balcony space to create an attractive and bountiful harvest of flowers, herbs, greenery, veggies, or whatever strikes their fancy.
First, consider practicalities. Measure your space to see what you can fit realistically. Assess your balcony to make sure you have adequate drainage (don’t want to drip water on your neighbors!)
You won’t have to worry about cold weather issues in summertime, but you will have to determine how much sunlight your balcony gets—6+ hours is considered full sun, 4-6 hours partial shade, less than 4 shade. Use the determination to choose the right variety of plants that will thrive in that light level.
Maximize space by getting creative with hanging planters, which are great for trailing plants such as ivy. You can also buy or a vertical garden planter for a striking display.
Want to plant vegetables? You’ll need to buy special planters and consider the amount of space they’ll take up on your small area.
Finally, if you’re really pressed for room, consider a variety of small house plants or herbs that you can arrange in attractive pots to give the balcony a fresh, summery look.
Published June 16th, 2015 3:21 PM