If you have no garden but want to enhance your space with floral blooms or grown your own produce, you'll need to look at some alternatives. But that doesn't just have to mean a few flowerpots on your window sill! If you're lucky enough to have a balcony in your flat, make the most of it by creating a beautiful garden – despite the limited space! There are actually several benefits to working with a smaller space. The garden will be easier to complete and more manageable to keep looking great, as well as making an impact on all who see it.
Here's everything you need to consider!
What's the weather like?
To start off with, consider the weather conditions in your area. You'll need to ensure any plants you try to grow will be suited to the local climate as the climate in different parts of India can vary. If you're unsure, visit your local garden centre or plant shop. They'll be able to tell you which plants are ideal for your weather conditions to ensure they survive a long time. You'll also need to make sure they're ideal to be placed outside – some plants are better for indoors only.
What type of plants will you need?
In addition to making sure the plant is suited for your space and climate, you'll also need to choose whether you want plants that grow and die as the season ends, or plants that can survive all year round. You may want to try a mixture of the two. By having some plants that last all year, you'll ensure you always have some healthy plant life in your balcony garden. But by adding some that only last a few months, you'll have more freedom to switch things up each season.
What type of containers should you consider?
It's also important to choose your containers and soil carefully when planting your plants. Of course you'll want them to be visually appealing, but you should also choose based on practicality. A terracotta pot, for example, is better for draining than a plastic pot – which is helpful to prevent overwatering or root rot. Just remember to put drainage dishes under each pot to prevent leakage on to your balcony.
Is there space for any furniture?
If you have space for furniture on your balcony, it helps to determine your goal for the garden. Is it a place to grow plants and herbs, or would you like to be able to sit outside and relax? This will enable you to choose the best furniture for your needs and match the surrounding plants and space accordingly.
Can you work vertically as well as horizontally?
As you're working with limited space, consider working upwards too. Tall plants will add more greenery and colour without taking up any extra space, as well as creating strong focal points that create the structure of the garden. Once you've asked yourself these simple questions, you may have a better idea of how your finished balcony garden could look. So go ahead and get started – you're sure to love the result!
Let us know how it goes in the comments section below, we can't wait to read all about your exciting garden projects!