Balcony gardening

how to decorate Brilliant balcony ideas and maximise your space

Brilliant balcony ideas: how to decorate and maximize your space

Looking for balcony ideas to transform your space? Balcony gardens are in some ways the perfect outdoor spaces. Convenient, big enough to sit on (hopefully) but not so big as to create too much work, and the perfect canvas to create a real wow factor outside.

Balcony gardens don’t have soil, so won’t have weeds, they have fewer pests and, will usually have a great sense of openness – but there are challenges.

Most balconies are either in the sun or the shade, and that is a determining factor. Sunny balconies are really sunny, whilst on the shady side of a building there’s no dappled shade or semi-shade – it’s completely sunless. They can also be windy without catching passing rain. And one of the greatest problems is that everything is on view, there’s no hidden corner to put things that aren’t needed right now.

But, having said all of that, balconies can be a wonderful extension of your living space. Work with all of the challenges and they can be rewarding and beautiful places all year round. Brilliant balcony ideas

Golden rules

1. Before you put in any plants think about watering. How will you get water to the plants and where will the water go afterward? An outside tap is ideal but if you have to rely on watering cans think about how many trips you’ll need to keep everything looking good throughout the summer. Don’t put in more plants than you will happily water.

2. Always think about safety with balconies. The main issues are things falling off, making sure drainage is good, and not putting too much weight on your balcony. If in doubt ask for professional help. Also, rather importantly, you should not BBQ on your balcony as it poses a fire and safety risk. Brilliant balcony ideas

3. If there’s space, treat your balcony like an outside room, so use pots or decorations to create a sitting area. And, just like indoors, decorate the walls, think about lighting, and accessorize with a good strong look in mind.

4. Work with the conditions. If your balcony is on the sunny side you will probably need to bring in shade, if it’s windy try creating wind-breaks. If there’s a bad view, screen it off with plants and trellis.

5. One thing that is often forgotten on balconies but is really important is fragrance. Scented plants so close to the house are really magical, not just in summer but in winter too.

6. Remember to use the verticals on your balcony. Don’t just use the floors to place pots and ornaments on, the walls are vital growing and decorating spaces. Brilliant balcony ideas

7. Finally, the one thing that will make a huge difference to any balcony is regular love. There is no sight so sad in the gardening world as a neglected balcony. Even if it’s just 10 minutes a week, make a date to go out there, sweep around, water, and generally spruce up. It will make all the difference.

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