As Spring arrives, it’s the perfect time of year to plant a new garden that will help brighten your apartment home and bring you a smile. All our communities include apartment homes with a balcony or patio, which offer an ideal space to plan and plant your very own garden. The best part is that planting a balcony garden doesn’t have to be difficult.
In fact, it can be a fun project! Some residents even report that it’s therapeutic for them and they love watching their garden grow. Another great benefit in addition to having a beautiful surrounding is that you can include herbs or vegetables and use what you grow in the kitchen.
With so many possibilities, we’ve got the top 5 tips for a great balcony garden.
Before you begin planting a garden on your balcony or patio, it’s best to make a plan. Consider a number of key questions that will help you determine the size and scope of your garden. For example, how large is your balcony or patio? How much space do you want your garden to take? How much direct light does your patio or balcony receive and when? The Spruce has a great list of questions to ask before you begin your garden. Start here!
With limited space, finding ways to maximize your balcony or patio is important. The types of containers you use for your plants, how they’re distributed around the balcony, and where your outdoor furniture is located around your balcony garden all matter. Apartment Therapy shares great resources for creating a beautiful balcony garden, including recommendations for containers, furniture, and placement.
Types of Plants
Once you have a good sense of what you want to do with the space on your balcony or patio, it’s time to determine what specific plants you should select. Gardenista has helpful insights on how to build out your selection of plants and flowers. We love the idea of creating a base of evergreen plants that will add color all year long and then adding in seasonal varieties.
Select Low Maintenance Plants
Keep your gardening adventure fun by selecting low maintenance plants. This will minimize the hassle of your balcony garden while you work on your green thumb. The Family Handyman has a lot of great balcony gardening tips, including recommendation on low maintenance plants, such as petunias and daylilies.
Grow an Edible Garden
Among the great benefits of having your own balcony garden are that you can grow your own veggies and herbs to use in the kitchen. Talk about fresh! Growing an edible garden doesn’t have to be difficult. Plus, you can incorporate both edible plants and blooming flowers in your balcony garden. GrowVeg, a great British blog that’s applicable here too, has fantastic tips to grow an edible garden full of veggies and herbs.
At HHHunt Apartment Living, we believe it’s how you live that matters. Creating an inviting and beautiful space in your apartment will brighten your life. We hope these tips are helpful and you consider making a balcony garden as an extension of your home!