Building a balcony garden is a great way of adding style and beauty to your home especially if you are a gardening enthusiasts not fortunate enough to have enough space for a front yard garden. A balcony garden, if well-designed and constructed, will not just give and added character to your home but it can also be one of the spots where you can relax and find solace while looking after your favorite plants and flowers. Here are a few tips on how to turn your balcony into a garden haven.
- Consider the balcony’s construction. Keep in mind that the weight of the plants, including the soil, flower boxes or pots that you intend to put in your balcony must meet the apartment or building’s specifications and weight capacity. Inquiring about the building’s balcony and construction policies is the first step to ensure safety and possible problems in the future.
- Design and construct. Changing the balcony’s flooring is crucial in providing a much needed garden-feel to your balcony. Weather-resistant wooden flooring is the best option for a balcony garden because it is light weight and has an attractive finish. You might also want to consider and anticipate weather changes. Strong winds and storms can greatly damage, if not ruin, your balcony garden in one sweep. Install railings and wind screens for protection. Make sure though, that the materials you will use and the manner with which it will be constructed to enclose your garden will not deprive your plants of the much needed exposure to the sun and air.
- Maximize the use of space. Your balcony space is probably very limited. Therefore you have to make sure that you can use all available space as much as you can. Refrain from using bulky and heavy containers for your plants such as clay pots and too wide flowerbeds. Go for the lighter weight materials instead. You can also grow creepers in the railings or screens. These add a more decorative touch to your garden. Use baskets that can be hung, and plant pots that can be nailed or fixed in your walls.
- Decide the type of plants that you will put in the balcony. In choosing your balcony plants, make sure that you consider the climate and weather changes in your location. You might want to go for hibiscus plants and daisies as these are the more eye catching and decorative types and they grow and flower throughout the year. You also need to consider the area in which your balcony is situated. If your balcony is located in direct heat of the sun, then you will have to choose plants that thrive in the heat such as petunias and evergreen plants. If your balcony is shady then you would want to choose shade loving plants such as dwarf trees and turfs.
Organize the plants and containers in such a way that you will still have room to put your furniture, and space where you and your family can get together. Use containers or planter boxes with varying heights to add more effect and personality to your balcony garden.