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We should arrange plants on our balcony to enhance our space and relax our minds when present inside. When designing our balcony garden some rules need to be followed. Bare balcony Is just not inviting so we need to add some life to it.
what is important when arranging plants on your balcony garden?
When arranging plants on your balcony, you need to keep in mind about two main things – the sun and space. Upon how much sunlight do we get on our balcony garden and how big our space is, we decide which plants to seed.
Find out which plants I recommend and learn more in detail how to arrange them in best possible way.
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How much Natural Light is your balcony garden getting for your plants?
Before you run out to a nursery and start buying all the plants that strike your fancy; we need to first take stock of the natural light shining on your balcony. You need to select plants that will thrive in the lighting conditions your balcony provides. Few things can be more frustrating to a person than taking the time and energy to arrange a beautiful garden space on a balcony only to watch it wither away.
Does your balcony get full or mostly full sun?
Full sun may seem great because it will give you a wide variety of flowering plants to choose from, but beware of the heat that typically accompanies it. Some plants that appreciate the sun are also delicate to high temperatures. Full sun conditions will also require you to be more vigilant with watering your garden.
Does your balcony garden get sun for a few hours a day in either the morning or the afternoon?
Many plants absolutely thrive in partial sun conditions because they have the benefit of sunlight, without the threat of wilting from too much heat. With partial sun, you can still find a wide variety of colors, shapes, and textures for your balcony and not have to worry about them overheating or drying out. Impatiens, begonias, and pansies are some colorful delicate flower plants that grow very well in partial sun.
Does your balcony garden remain shaded for most of the day?
If your balcony garden is one that sits in the shade for most of the day, don’t feel discouraged! There are many types of plants that prefer shade. Shade-loving plants come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. You may fear that shade means you can’t have color but that is far from true. Larkspurs, alyssum, baby blue eyes, foxgloves, and violets are just the beginning of the long list of flowering plants that thrive in shaded spaces.
How is Space important in balcony garden?
To arrange plants in a way that feels good to you on your balcony garden, you need to consider what kind of feeling you want to have when you step out onto it.
Do you want a vivid, bright balcony space and which plants to choose?
Is your balcony small?
If your balcony is small, you should arrange plants in the space focusing on length and height. Placement along the walls or corners of your balcony for tall plants and planters is best because it will give the impression that the plant is not encroaching out onto the limited space you have, but is instead out of the way and reaching upward.
Using a variety of heights and textures will create a beautiful layered look.
When you do use planters or pots that will sit on the floor of a small space, you want them to be narrow, and not too short. When small things sit on the ground of an already small space it adds to a feeling of clutter and will make your balcony feel crowded.
Planter boxes that will hang over your balcony railing or hanging baskets are an excellent resource for small balconies. They won’t take up unnecessary floor space and will provide a home for shorter plants. Add an element of whimsy by filling them with a mix of brightly colored flowers and trailing leafy plants such as vine type of plant.
Do you want the plants to provide a measure of privacy?
If your balcony is one of several in a row of buildings, you may not like spending time on it because it feels very exposed. Using a trellis to support a vine is an excellent way to create a sense of privacy and seclusion; making it a more comfortable place for you to relax. Vining plants such as bougainvillea, trumpet vine, and clematis are all popular for balconies.
Bamboo is not normally recommended for gardens because of its tendency to spread and take over. However, in a container you won’t have to worry about it killing off your other plants and can take advantage of the fact that it grows very quickly and will fill out to provide a wonderful green screen of privacy.
If you want color with height but don’t want to use a trellis, cannas are an excellent option. They produce blossoms in bright colors of red, orange, pink, or yellow. Ornamental grasses are another option to provide cover and height and most varieties grow quickly. Citronella grass will provide height and privacy with the added benefit of discouraging mosquitoes.
Which Planters are best for Balcony garden?
When picking out pots or planters for your balcony garden oasis, don’t buy based on appearance alone. Here’s a few tips to make sure you have success:
Drainage is important
Make sure the planters you purchase have a hole or holes in the bottom to allow excess water to drain out. Most plants do not respond well to overwatering, and even if you water carefully you can at times water too much. If you decide to repurpose tin cans or plastic containers as planters, take the time to punch holes in the bottoms for drainage before filling them.
Beware of pots that dry out quickly
This is especially important for balcony gardens that are exposed to lots of sunlight. Clay, terra cotta, wooden barrel pots, and moss hanging baskets all have aesthetic appeal but are prone to drying out quickly with extended exposure to sunlight. If your balcony gets a lot of sun, you should opt for ceramic or plastic pots and planters.
You Are Ready to Arrange Plants on Your Balcony Garden?
Once you’ve taken sunlight, space, and your desires into consideration; you are ready to arrange a beautiful balcony garden. Make a list of what you want before going to a nursery so that you don’t get overwhelmed and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
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