Many types of gardens are created on the balcony, all it needs is a little creative thinking and investment in a bit of research on the kind of plants you want to grow. There are people who have a small vegetable and herb garden on their balconies while some grow succulents and cacti to give it a desert look. You are only limited by imagination as to the kind of garden you can grow in the limited space of your balcony.
This article delves into aspects of gardening on a balcony and provides several tips and suggestions on how to go about it. Some attractive balcony garden ideas and planting options are also presented for your consideration. Let's get started
Your balcony would need to provide the required conditions of sun, shade and protection from winds. Take an inventory of the following factors
If there is too much shade go in for shade-loving plants, if there is too much sun get into drought resistant plants. Too much dry winds will need frequent watering while cold nights might require the use of blankets or plastic to cover up the plants.
You can always control your microclimate but it is best to buy plants that will survive suitably in the conditions presented by your environment.
Wood containers are most suitable as balcony garden pots, not only do they look aesthetic but are also light-weight and don't crack up over time unlike the ceramic, clay, plastic or terra-cotta containers. The next best option are plastic containers for their light weight and affordable prices. Ceramic would come third for their aesthetic appeal, you can use these containers to plant small flowering annuals or orchids.
Bamboo and willow planters can also be consider for balcony gardens especially if you are planning on some hanging baskets. Strawberry pots are an excellent option for growing herbs and dwarf flowering plants. This is just one of the several unique balcony garden ideas you can come up with.
It is most convenient to work with containers especially when the space is limited and you need to frequently move things around. Pots and planters come in several shapes and sizes so they can fit into the corners as well as the small shelves and railings. These below pointers may be helpful while implementing container gardening on the balcony.
Use plastic containers for most plants, ceramic containers for small plants and wooden containers for large perennials. Some plants you can consider for container planting are
You can make creative use of trellis and lattice structures to grow some beautiful flowering and fruiting vines on your balcony. Climbing Ivies are a great choice for shaded regions of your garden. Some excellent vines you can consider growing on balconies are
Use a background wall to fix your lattice and let some vines trail over it. You can fix the lattice onto the planter or containers, that you will use as balcony garden pots, before you fill it with soil, so it has a strong grounding.
Continue reading part 2 of this article for more balcony garden ideas and tips - Balcony Gardening Part 2