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For those living in urban areas or apartments, having access to outdoor spaces can be quite limited. However, even the smallest balcony can be transformed into a thriving garden oasis with the right use of pots and planters. Whether you desire screening for privacy, a herb garden for fresh ingredients, or a cosy green sanctuary, our award-winning Balcony garden designers will guide you on how to unleash the full potential of your balcony and create a stunning small garden.
For further inspiration see the link here to our 2023 Chelsea show garden – The restorative balcony garden, a perfect example of a balcony with planters…
1. Assessing Your Space:
Before beginning your balcony transformation, we first evaluate the space you have available considering the dimensions, lighting conditions (direct or indirect sunlight), and any potential constraints such as weight loading or access through the property. This assessment will help you determine the types of plants and the number of pots and planters you can accommodate and if any irrigation or other elements such as furniture and lighting are required.
2. Selecting Suitable Planting Containers:
Choosing the right pots and planters is essential for achieving an aesthetically pleasing garden and our expert designers can show you ready-made or bespoke options to compliment your interior. We tend to opt for containers that are durable, weather-resistant, and lightweight for easy handling.
Selecting a diverse range of plants is key to creating an eye-catching balcony garden. We create a plant palette by mixing different types of foliage, flowering plants, and herbs that can cope with the conditions of your balcony. We will choose plant specimens that thrive in your location’s climate and can be accommodated within your available space as they grow over time.
4. Watering and Drainage:
Maintaining proper hydration is vital for your balcony garden. We ensure that your pots and planters have sufficient drainage holes to prevent overwatering, particularly in winter and will install an irrigation system if we have access to an outdoor tap. Dripping water can cause staining and annoyance to neighbours below so this will be a design consideration.
5. Add Furniture and Features:
Our designers can help to design features such as furniture, water features and BBQs. It is important to review your landlord or leasehold agreement to check for any restraints regarding what you are allowed to place on your balcony or roof terrace.
6. Regular Maintenance and Care:
To keep your balcony garden flourishing we offer a follow-up routine maintenance service. Regularly checking for pests, removing faded flowers, and trimming foliage as needed. Adjusting watering timers and fertilising plants based on seasonal needs to promote healthy growth. We can also add seasonal bulbs, plants and herbs as required.
With the right selection of pots, plants, and creative touches, you can create a harmonious and captivating balcony space that reflects your personal style. Contact us for a consultation and we can make the most of your outdoor space and create a relaxing place to escape from it all and enjoy nature.