First, ask yourself why you want a balcony garden. Do you want to grow food or herbs? Do you want to fill your balcony with pretty flowers for cutting? Do you want no-fuss greenery that just enhances your patio? Do you want to create a lush space, or a minimalist and modern balcony?
Imagine your perfect balcony garden. What feeling do you get when you are out there? Do you just want to relax and enjoy some green, or do you envision yourself spending time tending to plants and relieving stress by putting your hands in soil?
Once you have determined the kind of garden space you’d like, you can start planning.
How Much Work Do You Want to Do?
How Much Sun Does Your Balcony Receive?
If your garden area receives partial sun or mostly shade, choose plants that will grow better in limited sun or shade.
What Kind of Containers to Use?
You can also use trough-style planters that hook over your balcony railing, or vertical planting pouches that you can hang on the wall, to make the most of your available space.
Easy-Care Plants to Start With:
- Geraniums (very hardy, have a long period of flowering, and you can divide them easily to start new plants)
- Succulents (do not need much water or attention, eye-catching and trendy)
- House plants such as English Ivy (forgiving, even if you are bad at watering, add an attractive spot of greenery)
- Herbs (Easy herbs to grow include basil and chives, both of which you can use in your cooking to enhance flavor)
Gardening is a relaxing activity that can enhance your life, even if you have limited space such as an apartment balcony.
Make the most of your available space by starting a small balcony garden, and bring greenery, flowers, or fresh herbs into your life.