Garden Ideas for Your Balcony:-For apartment dwellers, having a garden may seem like an impossible dream — but it’s not! While you can’t have the sprawling lawn or the fruits and vegetables of your dreams, there are plenty of ways to grow plants even if you live in an urban setting.
To get you started on your balcony garden, here are 10 great ideas from home and lifestyle bloggers around the world that will help get you started!
Maybe you don’t have room for a full garden. Maybe you live in an apartment and don’t want to bother your neighbors with your plot.
Or maybe you’re just looking to start small. The good news is that even if you only have access to a balcony or windowsill, there are still plenty of plants that will grow without soil: strawberries, lettuce, cherry tomatoes and basil are all examples of plants that work great in containers.
A window box or a large planter can be enough space to keep even veggies well-fed—and they won’t need any help from a tiller or shovel!
A single flower, a bouquet, or even a window box full of blooms can spruce up any balcony.
Take care to plant flowers in pots and hanging baskets so they have plenty of space to grow. Consider adding bright-colored flowers that will complement your home’s exterior paint color.
If you don’t want to commit to planting long-term, try picking out a potted flowering plant instead. Potted plants are easy to move around and take on and off balconies when not in use.
For some greenery without too much commitment, start by planting a few potted herbs or small plants on your balcony.
This can be as simple as a pot of basil on your kitchen counter or larger pots of geraniums to brighten up your living room in front of a window.
Herbs are relatively easy to grow (and come back each year) and are always in season, so you can always use them in recipes when you want to make a meal special.
Even if you don’t have a green thumb, it’s pretty hard to kill something that comes back every year!
If you’re lucky enough to have a balcony or patio with any amount of space, try using it to make a unique work of art.
Even if you don’t have much artistic talent, making your artwork is fun and rewarding. You can even hang it in your home once it’s done! To get started, consider what kind of piece you want to create—sculpture, painting, or drawing?
For inspiration, search online for balcony garden ideas. Or just take pictures of some beautiful outdoor spaces that inspire you and use them as reference. Remember that small spaces don’t mean small gardens; sometimes a container garden is all you need!
Whatever type of art you choose to make, remember that there are no rules when it comes to expressing yourself through plants. So go ahead and be creative! A lot of great artists were inspired by nature after all.
Since each plant has different needs (sunlight exposure, water needs, etc.), take note of these things before buying anything at your local nursery or gardening store.
Also, remember that seasonal blooms are generally more effective than year-round blooms because they change up with each season—and therefore add variety throughout your growing season.
While annuals do require a little more maintenance than perennials do (since they must be replanted every year), they still add variety throughout your growing season while only requiring basic care and attention from you.
Give your balcony garden a boost by planting herbs and vegetables that go well with specific dishes. For example, if you’re having Mexican food tonight, plant some cilantro and jalapenos to get your garden off to a flavorful start.
Condiments are also an easy way to add color to your balcony plan—just choose plants with vibrant leaves and flower colors.
Plus, they don’t require as much sunlight as some other plants so they work well on balconies without much direct sunlight.
More specifically: Pesto, fresh basil, garlic chives, mustard greens, flat-leaf parsley (photo above), purple basil (photo above), curly cress (photo above), mizuna, and arugula are all good choices.
Old Industrial Items
Make your balcony a little greener with some repurposed, old industrial items. Old coal containers, washtubs, and cast-iron bathtubs can make great planters.
And if you have no room at all on your balcony, try hanging pots off a railing by using extra hooks or straps that you could buy at any home store.
With just a few of these pieces, you’ll be able to add greenery in as little as one square foot of space on your balcony.
No balcony? No problem. All you need to make your balcony a more pleasant place to hang out in a few planters and some outdoor furniture like hammocks, benches, and daybeds.
Even if all you can squeeze onto your balcony is one of these ideas, it will be an upgrade over an empty concrete slab.
Whether you live in a high-rise apartment, a cramped townhouse, or an expansive country home, there are plenty of plants that can thrive on your balcony.
Herbs like basil and mint are a great choice if you want to grow something for cooking or infusing cocktails.
You can also turn an old wine bottle into an herb garden, just make sure to add a hole on top of it so that excess water can escape from your planter.
Another great balcony garden idea is to plant any kind of berries; blueberries and raspberries are both very adaptable to small spaces and will produce over time if properly cared for.
Cacti and Succulents
Cacti and succulents are a great choice because they need very little care. All you have to do is water them occasionally and make sure their soil remains slightly moist.
Place your cacti or succulents in direct sunlight once a day if possible. Cacti and succulents usually last two to three years before they start looking tired, so then it’s time to get yourself some new ones!
Random Bits, Pieces, and Trinkets
For most people, gardens are associated with green grass and beautiful flowers, but there’s a lot more you can grow on your balcony or patio.
There are many plants that thrive in small spaces. Take bonsai trees, for example. Not only do they require very little space—most species need just a few feet square—but they’re also very easy to grow indoors and make great décor pieces as well.
If you don’t have a balcony or patio, you can always try container gardening; all you need is some soil and seeds. Don’t be afraid to be creative; growing things in containers allows you to place them anywhere without any hassle at all!