Image features planters from fox & ramona.
Having a small balcony doesn’t have to be limiting. In fact, if you use your space wisely you can create a lush-looking sanctuary that rivals the largest of gardens. Lyndall Keating, from the Garden Society shares her top tips for making the most of your small balcony.
1. Make small, but impactful statements
“The trick to balcony gardening is to maximise the look you want to create, while being as efficient as possible with the limited space available.” says Lyndall. Think small pops of colour and detail, rather than one large item or attraction.
2. Group your pots together
Rather than placing large pots in every spare inch of floor, Lyndall suggests creating a display of many potted plants in one small area. Play around with different pot sizes and heights to add dimension. We love the touch of colour on these Pop & Scott dip pots (left) and these quirky llama planters from West Elm (right).
3. Try hanging pots
“Hanging baskets are a great way to add colour and texture to your balcony garden and utilise space.” says Lyndall. “Many vegetables, herbs and flowers will thrive in hanging pots, [such as] strawberries, lettuce, spinach, and most varieties of herbs.” Just make sure to hang your plants at a height that makes them easy to water and maintain, and position them so that the sun-loving plants are at the top. If you already have pots and are on the lookout for hangers, we love this leather creation by the Design Twins (Ivy Muse Saturn Hanger), just make sure your pots adhere to the size and weight restrictions.
4. Give vertical gardening a go
“Try vertical gardens by attaching planter boxes onto railings and walls.” says Lyndall. But you do need to be careful, as “the weight of containers and contents (including water, soil and plants) may put pressure onto existing walls and balconies.” Lyndall also warns that hanging and vertical plants can tend to dry out more, so ensure your potting mix has added wetting agent and insert a plastic lining to help retain moisture. And of course, water frequently!
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