Lack of space when living in an apartment shouldn’t be a reason not to have a glorious balcony flower garden.
Implementing few simple ideas can transform your dull balcony space into a magnificent oasis of plants and flowers you can enjoy all summer long.
Don’t worry if you don’t know where to start.
Just follow these 10 simple steps and see how easy it really is.
Making The Perfect Balcony Flower Garden
Step 1 – Start With A Couple Of Pots
If you have started recently, don’t immediately fill up your balcony with too many plants, as it will look overly cluttered.
Begin with 4-5 plants at a time.
See how it looks and if needed, you can always add some more.
Step 2 – Factors That Determine Your Balcony Flower Garden Looks
Choosing your plants depends on minimum 4 factors:
- The climate you live in
- The direction of your balcony
- Its sun exposure
- The time you have available to treat plants
If your balcony face North, it will be shady, and it is not the best position to grow flowering plants. If this is the case, you’ll need to find the right ones that can thrive in shade, but still giving you beautiful surroundings.
Step 3 – Choose The Right Plants
At the beginning, you can buy 3-4 annual flowering plants and 2-3 perennials.
Why to choose perennials?
Because perennials that are native and most suitable in your climate are the first ones you should try.
Of course, roses are all time favorite, but you should consider they require time, dedication and a lot of maintenance, in case you decide to add them on your balcony flower garden list.
On the other hand, annuals are pretty easy to grow, and unlike perennials, they live for a shorter time and bloom prolifically.
Choose them according to the season, and start with the most popular ones and then experiment with others.
Step 4 – Annuals From Seeds? Bad Choice!
If you decide to start growing plants from seeds, you should know that it is not an easy process, and require a lot of effort and time.
Furthermore, annuals growth takes time when grown from seeds, and if you have missed to plant them at the right time, they will start to flower late (perhaps at the end of the season).
So, for a small space like a balcony, it is better to buy potted plants and enjoy them for a much longer period.
Step 5 – Experiment With Flower Combinations
If you don’t want to have “boring”pots, or you want to have more of them but your balcony space can’t really allow it, try to make flower combinations in one pot instead.
It will add more richness and fulfillment into your flower balcony garden almost instantly.
Step 6 – Thriller, Filler, Spiller Concept (TFP)
This concept is good choice if you want to create great arrangements of plants in containers.
1. Thriller plants
- Thrillers are plants with height that add a little more drama and a vertical element to the TFP combination
- They can either be flowering, foliage plants or ornamental grasses
- They are usually put either in the center, or at the back of the container
- If it will be viewed from all sides, place it in the center of the container
- If it will be viewed from only one side, place it in the back of the container
- Best examples to choose from are: Angelface angelonia, Butterfly argyranthemum, Graceful Grasses
Once you’ve chosen your Thriller plants, next, start choosing your Filler ones.
- Fillers tend to be more rounded, or mounded plants, and make the container look fuller
- They are generally placed in front of, or around the Thriller variety
- Fillers should be placed midway, between the edge of the container and the Thriller variety
- If the Thriller is in the center of the container, the Fillers should surround the Thriller variety
- Best examples to choose from are: Diamond Frost euphorbia, Superbells calibrachoa, Supertunia petunia
And at last in your pot combination, you should add the Spillers
- Spillers are trailing plants that hang over the edge of the planter, and give the final touch
- They are usually placed close to the edge of the container
- If the container is going to be viewed from all sides, Spillers should be placed on all sides
- If the container is going to be viewed from only one side, Spillers should be placed in the front of the container
- Best examples to choose from are: Snowstorm Giant(Snowflake bacopa), Snow Princess lobularia, Sweet Caroline sweet potato vine
Step 7 – Seasonality Of Flowers
If you want to have a year-round blooming flower garden on your balcony, you need to choose plants that bloom at different times of the year.
You should buy annuals for every season, and remove them once their blooming period ends.
Step 8 – Choosing The Right Colors
The best advise you can get is: do not use plants with more than 3 different colors in addition to the greenery.
By doing so, your balcony will not look over-cluttered, and you will continue to enjoy that airy feel through the flower story tell.
Choose a color palette using different tones or shades of the same color, or using complementary colors if you want to create a more beautiful scenery.
Step 9 – Choosing The Pots
When choosing flower containers, make sure they’re the same color in order not to ruin the theme you want to achieve .
In case you choose colorful pots, make sure there’s more green in there, so you can avoid clutter-ish look of you balcony.
It’s always better to have more harmonious and calming look instead.
Step 10 – Buy Beautiful Accessories
To make your balcony flower garden even more beautiful and creative, drop by the nearest garden shopping center, and choose beautiful accessories that will spice up the overall theme you’re trying to achieve.
As you can see, it isn’t so hard to start your flower balcony project.
After all, your morning coffee will become even better experience to have.
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