After a long day’s work, many people enjoy lounging on their balcony to unwind. The new trend: flowery terraces charmingly arranged for an atmosphere of freshness. So even if you’re in an apartment, having your own garden is now an affordable luxury. The busiest enthusiasts can even bring nature to them with a small island of greenery on their terrace. Climbing plants, fruit shrubs, or even vegetable gardens, the choice is yours…

While most plants lend themselves to open air on a terrace, the fact remains that they still have their own preferences. You must therefore ensure that the plants are suitable to your climatic conditions and your balcony’s exposure to the sun. The rest is a matter of aesthetics, good taste and, above all, imagination.

Which plants to choose for the terrace?

Feel free to combine colours and play with contrasts to brighten up your patio. Climbing plants such as ferns and ivy are highly recommended because they not only grow quickly but are also very resistant. Moreover, they quickly cover up space to form a fine layer of greenery. Also, prefer a rose bush or a winter jasmine for their fragrance and exoticism.

Do not hesitate to try new combinations; aromatic plants like thyme, rosemary, laurel or sage also have their place on the terrace. Since they are frequently used in cooking, they also have a small convenient side that will especially appeal to housewives. Similarly, small rooted vegetables such as radishes and cherry tomatoes can easily be planted on the terrace. Hanging flowers can also enhance your garden’s appearance by creating a beautiful visual effect. And if you prefer diversity, there are plenty of choices among which we can include dwarf roses, hibiscus, and even dwarf fruit trees like apple, pear or peach. For your viewing pleasure, you can also alternate colourful flowers such as forget-me-nots, hyacinths or asthma weed.

How to set up the patio for accommodating the plants?

Tray, pot, suspension, basket or jar: the choice of containers is an important step. Lightweight materials, such as wood or plastic, are the most appropriate choices. In particular, avoid using containers of various shapes. This will make you patio look untidy rather than creating a relaxed atmosphere. In fact, to give an illusion of space, favour hanging gardens with climbing plants. Also, consider the trellis as it gives a wall a finished look.

Then, place the substrate that will receive your plants. Fill your containers with potting soil, clay beads, but also gravel for better drainage. Watering is done on a regular basis as for any plant: more abundant in summer and preferably carried out in the evening to retain the plant’s moisture. If you do not often have time to water your plants, automatic watering is an ideal solution. Very economical and easy to install, you simply need to schedule it at regular times. In addition, the system is inexpensive and available in all stores.

As for maintenance, simply remove the dead and wilted leaves and regularly spray insecticides and fungicides to prevent the spread of disease or the invasion of harmful critters. As for the safety aspect, remember to attach your pots and planters securely if you plan on hanging them. Remember that your balcony is not sheltered from weather conditions and that all it takes is a gust of wind for an accident to occur, for both you and your plants. It is therefore preferable to hang the planters leaning towards the inside rather than the outside.

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Published in Home by Alexander on 06 Jul 2011