Follow our 10 tips when starting a balcony flower garden and you can grow beautiful and colorful flowers without a garden.
Balcony Flower Garden
1. Start with a few pots
If you have started recently, do not immediately fill up your balcony with so many plants. Give some time. Begin with 3 to 5 plants at a time. Once you have a green thumb, go for more.
2. Three Important Factors
Choose what kind of plants you would like to have to put on your balcony. It depends on three essential factors:
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- The climate you are living in.
- The direction of your balcony and its exposure to the sun.
- The time you have available to treat them.
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*A north facing, shady balcony is not appropriate to grow flowering plants.
3. Choose Right Plants
In the beginning, buy 2-3 annual flowering plants and 2-3 perennials. Perennials that are native and most suitable in your climate are the first ones you should try. A rose is all time favorite though it requires maintenance, consider adding it. Also, check out how to make a small rose garden on a balcony.
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Annuals are pretty easy to grow. Unlike perennials, they live for a short time (a few months) and bloom prolifically. You can choose them according to the season, start with popular ones and experiment.
Don’t forget to read our guide on best flowers for a balcony garden.
4. Don’t Grow Annuals from Seeds
Quirky advice? Well, no! First, growing plants from seeds are not easy, it requires effort and time. Second, plants (annuals) take time when grown from seeds and if you have not started off the seeds at the right time, they will start to flower late, maybe at the end of the season. So for a small space like a balcony, it is better to buy potted plants.
5. Grow in Combinations
Don’t grow flowering plants alone, especially annuals. Create beautiful combinations.
6. Thriller, Filler, Spiller
For a balcony flower garden, use Thriller Spiller Filler concept to create great arrangements of plants in containers. Read our article for more information.
To have a year-round blooming flower garden on the balcony, choose plants that bloom at different times of the year. Buy annuals for every season and remove them once their blooming period ends. Keep perennials that bloom in a different period.
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Do not use plants with more than 3 different colors in addition to green. This way, your balcony will not look too busy or over-cluttered, and you will continue to enjoy a rational and airy feel.
Even better, choose a color palette using different tones or shades of the same color, or using complementary colors, to create a more beautiful view. See our guide on how to choose colors for a garden for help.
Buy right containers, for a balcony, plastic planters are great for vertical use. When choosing containers, prefer to have them in the same color to create a harmony.
10. Buy Accessories and Pebbles
Buy one or two small garden accessories to adorn your balcony flower garden. Also, above the soil put pebbles, gravels, and colorful stones. This will work as mulch and also give a great look to your containers.