1. Go Vertical
The options for vertical hanging gardens are endless, from fully integrated setups with irrigation down to simple wall mounted plastic pots, you’ll be sure to find a suitable option for your budget.
Don’t forget to plant appropriately for the aspect. Remember, a balcony is usually designed to be quite shady, so you may need to carefully consider which plants will grow in part to fully shaded positions. Also, consider the potential seasonal change, they can also become heat traps and can burn sensitive plants.
2. Just add water
3. Pot it up
Use colourful pots in varying sizes, placed in mass to create the feeling of a deep lush garden bed. Using the same methods employed in garden beds, you can underplant larger shrubs all placed around a larger feature tree/plant. Plant with a theme in mind. Have you ever read the real estate section on the weekend and dreamt of your very own “tropical escape in the suburbs” or “English cottage garden”? Well forget the flashy marketing jargon, you can too plant your own themed potted gardenless garden on your balcony!
4. Keep in clean
Plants need water and dirt to live and together this makes… mud! Not to mention any access water can lead to moss and mould growth on porous surfaces like a concrete balcony. So it’s always better to select pots that come with a dish. A dish will collect any excess water that runs through the potting mixture when watering and provided you’re not over watering, will feed back up to the plant through the mix by capillary action, or evaporate away. In the long run, this should isolate any mess to the dish which can be occasionally cleaned in the laundry tub keeping your downstairs neighbours happy!
An hour once a month should be plenty of time to get out with a set of snips and trim back any wilting, dried or dead dropped leaves, keeping everything tidy and presentable.
5. Add comfy seating
After planting out your pots, hanging your green wall or installing your new water feature, you’re going to want to enjoy it! Make sure you leave ample room to squeeze in some comfy seating to enjoy your evening shandy. If you’ve got a comfortable spot to sit, you’ll be more likely to use your balcony regularly. Match some trendy plastic chairs in bright colours to your pots and planted flowers.
6. Upcycle, all the cool kids are doing it!
7. Don’t skimp on the paparazzi
eCo-Environments Bioganic Earth Specialist Growing Media is the cream of the crop. With speciality mixes for a variety of applications including Green Walls, podiums and containers and vegetable and ornamental potted plants, your plants will thrive!
Other top performers include Premium Potting Mix from Rocky Point, it’s loaded up with all the good stuff to get your new plants off to a great start including slow release fertilisers, wetting agents, organic compost and zeolite.
The basic potting mixes available at your supermarket and big box stores are still usable potting mixes but remember, the more you spend at the start the less you will need to spend later. Those slow release fertilisers keep your plants healthy and thriving for longer ensuring minimal fuss for at least 12-months.
8. Plastic fantastic
Artificial turf has come a long way since your younger years of playing cricket on a fake grass covered concrete pitch on a hot summers morning. With long piles, mixed colours (blue & green hues) and even brown under thatch incorporated, you can hardly tell the difference!
Add your comfy chair, a cool drink and some warm summer sun and you could be sitting in the gardens of a tropical escape somewhere in the south pacific.