No matter how big or small your space is, there is always room for a little greenery. Adding some plants will not only make your balcony look good, but can also help to improve your mood and your wellbeing as you spend time in the fresh air.
So what’s next? Well, when choosing the perfect plants for your balcony there are a few things you need to consider...
Create a sensory garden by choosing plants that are not only rich in different colours and textures, but also in scent. Attract additional wildlife to your space, as well as creating a sweet-smelling haven for you as well. Lavender, honeysuckle and jasmine all work great!
Are you up high? Do you live near water or the sea? These factors can influence how exposed your balcony garden is and as to which plants will thrive in your space. Some plants can cope with a bit of wind such as Geranium’s (Glenluce) and Cordyline (Firecracker) or you can add some windbreaks to protect less hardy plants.
Check the weight limit for your balcony as some pots and plants can be extremely heavy. Most garden centres now have lightweight compost and plastic or terracotta pots designed especially for these kinds of spaces.
Sounds silly right? But lots of balconies will not have an outside tap or if sheltered may not have drainage. Think about how you will water your plants, for example, if you have to water and drain them inside are you able to lift them easily?
Last but not least, it’s important to find out whether your balcony is shady or sits in direct sunlight. This will determine which plants will survive your balcony’s climate. Balconies can be at risk of high temperature so try selecting plants that can deflect light.
Now you know your balcony inside out, it’s on to the fun part!
It’s time to take a look at some of the best plants for small outdoor spaces:
Enjoy your own fresh pickings by growing pots of herbs in your outside space. For sunny balconies, try growing thyme, sage, rosemary, and chives. For shade mint, dill, parsley, chives or coriander.
Strawberries are great for small spaces and are easy to grow, as long as you have rich fertile soil and lots of sun. Looking for something more savoury? Try growing a tomato plant or olive tree!
- Bedding plants
If choice is what you’re after, then bedding plants can certainly provide that! With so many different varieties, you will have the opportunity to refresh your space year after year.
Geraniums make for a popular bedding plant due to their hardy nature. If you look after these by giving them daily sunlight, they’ll also come back year after year! Geraniums can also be planted in hanging baskets if your outside space is smaller!
- Climbing plants
For an evergreen climber OK with almost all climates choose jasmine. Choose a flowering type for sunny spots and winter jasmine for shaded areas.
Ivy is another great climbing plant. Growing best in bright indirect light, ivy is happiest when its soil is moist as this plant loves the rain. Spray it to create a moist atmosphere.
Add daffodils, tulips or hyacinths to give your balcony a border of colour and fragrance. ‘Woodstock’ hyacinths can be grown in pots and are a beautiful rich purple colour!
Tell us about your outside space, we would love to hear about what you are growing!
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