The trend of balcony gardens has swept the UK in 2017. They are a perfect way to utilise space and enjoy the great outdoors; they make for a fantastic addition to most homes. Could this be a trend that you want to embrace? We’re here today to give you some tips and tricks to help you to create your dream outdoor balcony.
What is a Balcony Garden?
A balcony garden is quite a simple concept that can really transform your space, particularly if you don’t have a garden of your own. It is simply a balcony that has been utilised to hold plants and foliage, creating a stunning green space that you can enjoy as you would a garden. Some take this trend to the max and add turf to the floor, hanging vines to the surrounds and potted plants all around for an immersive environment, whilst others opt for fewer, bolder plants dotted around to create an enjoyable, natural area.
Benefits of a Balcony Garden:
The benefits of adding a balcony garden to your home are extensive. The classic perks that having a balcony offers include additional space, an outdoor extension, adding value to your home and an aesthetically pleasing nature and natural environment. If you have enough space on your balcony for a table and chairs, then this is also a wonderful al fresco dining area!
Creating Your Own Balcony Garden:
If you think that a balcony garden could be the perfect addition to your home, then why not look for some inspiration to create one? If you have an existing balcony, then you are halfway there, but if not, then inquire with us today to see whether we could design, manufacture and build you a bespoke residential balcony which would be perfect to house a natural haven!
The first thing to consider will likely be the position of your balcony. If the area gets a lot of natural sunlight, then the suitable plants will be different to that if your balcony is in the shade. Typically plants are classified into three types, those that need six hours of sunlight or more, those which are in need of three-six hours of sunlight and anything less (which is considered full shade). The longer the sun shines on your outdoor space, the wider the array of plants you will be able to grow.
Deciding on which plants to fill your balcony garden with may be a tricky task, but this will be narrowed down by the sunlight factor, mentioned above, as well as your personal preference. Take your pick from individually potted plants to wide open trays where you can create clusters of flowers, herbs and trees. Don’t forget to look for plants that will grow in hanging baskets too or ones that grow on draping vines, as this can add a fantastic depth to your garden area. In the spring and summertime, you may also want to grow your own vegetables, so be sure to leave space for this if you decide to try it a little later on.
Different types of plants will require a different level of care. Some plants will need watering daily, whilst others may be fine to be left for a few weeks. This is another factor to bear in mind when planning your plants; how much time do you have to care for them? If you’re starting out in the winter, then you may find your options are limited and that the plants which will survive in the cold, needing little care. However, during the summer months, there are a plethora of plants and flowers that will flourish, but may need more attention in the heat.
– Planning. Planning your balcony garden before taking on the actual project is essential. It will help you to make the most of both your time and your space.
– Know when to stop. It can be all too easy to go overboard with filling your balcony with all kinds of plants, but remember to leave some room for yourself to enjoy it!
– Start small. Starting with just a few plants will help you to keep on top of the maintenance, then you can slowly add to your collection until you are satisfied!