Home and Garden Balcony Spaces

Now is the time to consider what would work for next year for those who are considering creating a garden room on that balcony or rooftop area of your home, apartment or condo. Your balcony backyard is becoming more and more popular and with a little attention, can become a focal point of your home and wonderful area for entertaining.

Because balconies are usually quite small, space is a major design consideration. The main design principle is to keep the design as simple as possible. The last thing you want is a cluttered, busy look.

One major consideration for those narrow or small areas is to use a square or rectangular container or garden planters that follow the angles and edges of balconies. They will also save space. Hanging baskets, espaliered, and climbing plants will bring the walls to life. The plants themselves can be grown in your containers, easily moved around with the seasons. A trellis attached to the wall is a great place to grow climbing plants and still leave enough room for a small table, bench or a couple of chairs.

Rooftop gardens and some balconies are often blasted by wind and sun, so select plants that are suitable for these conditions. Some suggestions may be Cacti, Kalanchoe, Ivy and many ornamental grasses for they are somewhat drought resistant. Others that may need a little more care are Roses, Citrus, Daisies, Geraniums of course, Bamboo and Conifers. Surprisingly the biggest killer of balcony plants is often overwatering. The urge is great to add water every time you check on the progress of your garden. Beware of being too kind!

Garden pots and planters filled with clipped shapes or standards create a truly elegant effect and may be used as dominant features for your rooftop garden. You can create an exquisite look in a small space by using several pots of clipped shrubs. Boxwood can be clipped into spheres, squares or any shape you desire. Keep in mind that it is less expensive to purchase large unclipped boxwood and then create your own design.

Containers filled with your shrubs make great portable hedges or screens. They are ideal for separating the space from the rest of the area in order to create a separate garden room.

Think carefully about the style and function of your balcony, or rooftop space. Do you want it formal or informal? With a formal look, you can create a modern minimalist style with a few containers filled with select garden plants. In either case, be sure to use heavy, wide pots and planters in windy areas to prevent the pots from being blown over.

If you have a large area, or one that is elongated, consider using repeat plantings to give a clean, uncluttered appearance. Several large containers or planters can be more eye-catching than a collection of small pots.

Use your imagination and just get started. From season to season you will learn what works best in your space and how to make the garden room part of your home.

A Breath Taking Balcony Garden

A balcony garden can be a retreat and get away even if it is no more than 5 foot by 8 foot.For those who live in a condo or apartment this may be the only place you have to garden. The trick to creating a breath taking balcony garden is in the planning. Depending of course whether you have a wall or wrought iron railing around your balcony will make a difference in containers which you will use.

Let start out with the basics. Your balcony will not be a place to entertain on as you just don’t have the room. However you will be able to fit a bench or a chair so you can sit outside and enjoy your garden. The idea is to grow as much as you can in a small space. But first you must decide what you want to grow. Do you want a lot of flowering plants and some foliage or are you thinking of vegetables. Maybe you want an herb garden for your cooking needs. These are the decisions you will have to make. You do not get to have all the choice though. The location of your balcony will in part dictate what you can grow.

If you live on the north side of the building chances are that you will be using plants that will grow in part sun to shade. Traditionally the north side of a building receives the least amount of sun. The west side is good because it gets the afternoon sun and has plenty of sunlight for plants that need full sun but may not be suitable for plants that like shady conditions.The south side of the building is usually sunny and can get hotter due to it’s constant exposure to the sun. The east side will receive morning sun and will be a good choice for most everything to grow. Of course there are other considerations such as other buildings that are nearby that can block the sun all this should be taken into account as well.

Now that you have determined what growing conditions you have and the types of plants you want to grow it is time to design your space.As with any container garden you must remember that the container is a vessel to hold the plant it does not necessarily need to be a pot. You can easily train vines to grow up a trellis using pots at the bottom to hold the plants. A bar can be attached to upright poles attached to the railings sort of like a shower curtain rod to hold hanging baskets. Window boxes can be attached to the railings on both sides to hold a wide variety of plants, and will leave space below for a mixture of low growing plants to maximize the space you have. Strawberry jars are an excellent choice for multiple plants in a single pot. The possibilities are endless left up to your own imagination. Be creative and use unconventional containers and methods in your garden.

Once you get started with your balcony garden you will be amazed out how inspiration will strike you in the layout of your garden. Gardens have a way about them that encourages you to be creative and imaginative when it comes to their design. As your garden develops you will change things and tweak things an add new elements. The best part of all is one sunny summer morning you will awaken and step out on the balcony, and suddenly it will hit you that it is so wonderful it could take your breath away and that you have created this.

Choosing the Best Balcony Furniture

It is no wonder that in today’s life style, everyone would like to go for a house with a balcony, even in apartments it is getting mandatory for everyone to have some open space for themselves. But not everyone cares to furnish their balcony. Although everyone wants to keep their balcony as stylish as possible, they fail to make a good plan for it.

Balcony Furnishing

When you plan to furnish your balcony, the most crucial part is seating. It is really hard to stay out in balcony for a long time standing, thus seating arrangement is a necessity. Before planning to shop for furniture that would suit you balcony, you have to take a few things into consideration.

First it is important to consider the size and shape of the balcony. We can make a stylish balcony even in small areas. For small balconies choosing multipurpose seats such as the storage bench would be an asset, because you can store most of the things which are not used regularly. Or choose a couple chairs and a small table giving a more personal look to the balcony. If, on the other hand, you have a large balcony you have more choices.

Decorative Wooden furniture

Always consider furniture depending on your theme, comfort and design that you have in your mind. You can bring a rustic charm to you balcony using furniture that is made of wood. Compared to other material such as the steel or vinyl furniture, wooden furniture has more durability and class to them. Numerous varieties of wood are found in the market that gives a separate elegance and sophistication to the furniture made from them. Wooden furniture has a naturally elite look that is not seen in other material.

Molded furniture

Plastic, wicker and metal furniture also are made in many designs and shapes so that they can be used in open spaces like the balcony. They are made resistant to environmental changes and can withstand harsh weather. The facility with such furniture is their weightlessness. You can move this furniture whenever you want to, and hence are most suited for people who would like to keep changing the look of their balconies.

Using the Vertical space

Place the larger pieces of furniture first. It will be easier to plan out where small pieces of decors should be placed. In view of the fact that floor space is limited, give a lot of concentration to vertical space and use it the finest way you can. It does not matter if you have a great view, as long as the space looks inviting.

Adding natural Decor

As Balconies are often exposed place, they will look great when decorated with plants. With good attention, you can grow many things on Balconies. Plants should be selected to suit the space available. Plants that require frequent pruning may not be appropriate, it is better to avoid the use of plants that have a tendency to drop leaves.

Come rest outside and enjoy the breeze!