You often see people using their balcony as a bit of storage or dumping ground for bits and pieces - what a missed opportunity! Put some thought into the design of your balcony by choosing the right plants and garden decor and the balcony can be transformed into a little oasis.
Some balconies don't have the most attractive outlook at eye level, but higher up there may be great views, and valuable light coming into the home. Increase the aesthetic value with bamboo screens; create the feeling of an outdoor room, without blocking the light.
Some balconies don't often have the best access - often luggin pots up flights of stairs or down narrow hall ways is an unenviable task. One solution is choosing urbanlite pots from Northcote, which are less than half the weight of a standard glazed pot but come in traditional as well as modern styles. They can easily be moved around, even full of plants and potting mix.
Balconies covered in a mismatched collection of different pots can result in a messy look. The solution is to choose pot sets – pots that have the same colour and design but in different sizes, so you can use them together in groups. If you’re combining sets, choose complementary colours and materials.
The Position and The Plants
Balconies are often subject to extreme weather conditions, such as heat and strong winds, so its important to choose plants that will withstand the conditions.
Loropetalum chinense – China doll
Lavandula dentate – Violet Lace
Acacia cognate – Lime Magik
Euphorbia amygdaloides – Craigieburn
Agonis flexuosa – After Dark
Convolvulus cneorum – Silver Bush
Cistus purpureus – Rock Rose
Pot as Art
Que Square pots are designed to be both practical and artistic and have a great impact in a small space.
Waterfeature and Wall Hanging
Even in a small space, the soothing sounds of a water feature can be introduced. There is often no need to mess around with complicated connections as they can be simply plugged in. Complete the look with a wall hanging above to bring height and balance.
Make the space useable by including an outdoor setting. If there are contemporary pots and features, consider a classic setting to match the wall hanging and contrast with the rest of the design.
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