Nature is full of positive vibes. Today, there’re a trend of home owners decorate the balcony with vibes. But how about getting these vibes every morning when you go to the balcony full of flowers and plants. Most of the families are working on this idea of having a small balcony garden.
Less or no yard space is not an issue for those who love gardening. Balcony gardening is now being the most creative and fascinating idea for nature lovers.
If you don’t like the idea of hanging pots because they hide railing design, then creepers are an excellent option for you, as they emphasise the design of railings and add more beauty. Nevertheless, you can always go for the simple idea of grouping different plants and flowers together to give it an elegant touch.
There are lots of different ideas to beautify your balcony with flowers. The best of them are mentioned below.
Benefits of the balcony with flower and plant
- Hosting your guests in the balcony-Leave a grand impression on your guests, especially when they are the boss or company’s employees. Casual catch-ups or get-together gives an unforgettable memory with your relatives.
- Great ambience- Isn’t it a different feeling of reading a book with a cup of coffee on this balcony, instead of the living room? You can never underestimate these appealing vibes.
- Gardening- If gardening is your hobby, then choose the plants like tomatoes, cucumbers, chillies, beans, etc. along with the flowering plants. This increases the advantage of good health, along with the peace of mind.
- Customised outdoor space- Are you bored of working at home or office on the same screen daily. Give your mind a refreshing feel while working from the self-customised balcony.
Playing space for kids and pets- When work keeps you busy, you get less time to take your kids and pets outside. This type of balcony compensates for the same. Their growth is maximised when they are stress-free and spend more time in natural space. They get vitamin-D as a supplement to health while staying in the balcony in the early morning.
The Best Flowers for balcony in the UK
Here, the weather conditions are always extreme. In winters, there is little or no sunshine and extremely sunny in summers. So choose plants wisely.
- For sunny balcony- Go for the plants like marigolds and petunias that can cope up with the lack of water. Geraniums are the great balcony choice because they remain bright and colourful even when water is not available for a few hours or days.
Growing grasses never goes out of style as they can cope with the sunny dry season and flow with breeze.
If you are looking for fragrance in your balcony, choose herbs like basil, lavender, rosemary, and sage.
- For shady balcony- For times of no sun, choose the plants with large leaves like hostas, fatsia, and bamboos because they provide the pros of being evergreen. Another is primroses and foxgloves. You may need to compromise with scent when purchasing shady plants.
If you face strong winds, then choose low-lying plants like Begonias over tall plants like Delphiniums.
Preparations for a beautiful balcony with flowers
Pots and containers-
If your garden size is big enough and the container’s weight doesn’t matter, then you can choose wood-made or terra cotta containers. Though they look too attractive but can’t be used in extreme summer because they dry up very quickly.
As a replacement of these, plastic or resin pots can be used which come in ample varieties in shape, size, and self-watering option.
For larger pots- Choose perennials, gardening vegetables, and individual shrubs.
For smaller pots- Choose annuals, perennials, or kitchen herbs.
Hanging containers, made of steel, wood, or plastic, is another option for those who have a small balcony. You can easily hang them from the balcony railing or eaves. This will be an excellent choice for drought-resistant and smaller plants as they are more prone to dry-out.
If you lack space in the balcony, then think about using walls for gardening. Use a soil-filled container and affix it to the wall, attach pots to trellis, or hanging pots from a chain. But the only drawback is that it can dirty the walls during watering. A drip system will be a better option for the same.
Soil- It is a source of nutrients and oxygen for plants.
For fruits and vegetables- Use nutrient-enriched soil with water-retaining properties, organic matter and compost, and sound drainage system.
For Mediterranean herbs- Use dry soil that is coarse like sand.
If you are using dry pots like those made from terra cotta, use more compost and other water-retaining media as this material loses water quickly.
Flowers – Flowers according to the balcony, are mentioned above. Here flowers, according to pots, will be discussed.
Railing pots – strawberries, herbs, basil, lettuce, marigold, petunias, geraniums, parsley.
Large pots- bamboo, garlic, onions, bananas, carrots, squash, rosemary, citrus, aloe.
Vertical garden- melons, ferns, beans, lettuce, peas, spinach, strawberries.
How to take care?
Watering- To check if the plant needs water is to look at the conditions of its leaves. Put your finger 2 cm in the soil and check if it is dry then it is time for watering. Foliage will look ‘ashy’ when they are too dry. Signs of too much water are wilting and yellowing of leaves.
For new trees and shrubs, water half-inch of water twice a week once they are established, water an inch of slow rain in 2-3 weeks.
Plants need a slow and continuous supply of water for deep soaking, followed by enough time for drying—frequent watering results in shallow root growth.
Pruning- It refers to the removal of dead, broken, or overgrown branches from shrubs at the time of planting.
Don’t remove the leading branch, instead of cutting off the crossing, closely-spaced, and centre-inclined branches.
Remove 1/3rd of the old thick stems and roots for better renewal and growth of the same.
Pruning is better to be done in winter before the spring season starts. This prevents diseases and insect infestations.
Fertilisation- It refers to adding of macronutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that may be absent in soil.
- For food supplements, use a combination of peat, sand, and compost in equal quantity.
- For long-term supplements, add compost twice a week or use slow-release organic fertilisers.
- Avoid fertilising for newly planted herbs and shrubs as well as in late summers.
- For flowering- use combination 10-20-10(NPK) and for non-flowering- use combination 10-10-10(NPK) in the spring season.
- Perennials- 10-20-10 in early spring.
- Annuals flowers and veggies- 10-20-10 after three weeks of planting.
- It is a good practice of watering slowly after adding fertilisers.
Safety to avoid from falling off a tub
- To prevent them from falling due to heavy winds or by accident, safeguard those using screws, brackets, or zap straps.
- Add 1-2 inches of rocks or stones in the pot before adding soil into it. Or insert a small pot in a large pot and fill the gap between them with gravel or pebbles. This makes a light-weight pot heavier and prevents it from tipping due to heavy winds.
- Keep the pots against the fence to keep them standing against heavy winds.
Now you are familiar with the best ideas for your balcony conversion. Happy “beautifying balcony”.