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How to Water and Feed the Plants in Your Balcony Garden

How to Water and Feed the Plants in Your Balcony Garden

Watering is the most tedious chore in the balcony garden, although there are clever ways of reducing even this task to a minimum. The large number of plants in containers means a heavy watering commitment, especially if the weather is hot and dry. Both sun and wind can be terribly drying; water also evaporates out [...]

How to Protect Your Balcony Garden

How to Protect Your Balcony Garden

Because balconies extend beyond the protection of their main buildings and can be at any height, especially in the case of high-rise blocks, one of their worst drawbacks is being prone to exposure from the most severe weather conditions. High up, a biting wind is the worst enemy to balconies, not just because it causes [...]

How to Maintain General Plants in Your Balcony Garden

How to Maintain General Plants in Your Balcony Garden

Balcony plants need little maintenance; flowering species should be dead-headed, and any dead leaves and broken or distorted stems removed as and when you see them. This encourages fresh blooms and helps to keep the plants looking good and free of disease. A bucket or plastic sack is a good way of disposing of the [...]

How to Maintain a Balcony Garden

How to Maintain a Balcony Garden

By its very nature, a balcony is relatively easy to maintain -hardly more trouble than a sitting room containing rather a lot of houseplants that need care and attention. This is not just because the area is usually small and compact; a tiled, paved or timber floor only needs a sweep and wash down to [...]

How to Install Lighting in Balcony Garden

How to Install Lighting in Balcony Garden

A properly designed and expertly installed outdoor lighting system is virtually essential to all but the smallest balcony. Having said that, even a tiny, plant-only display might benefit from being illuminated when viewed from the house or ground level, so its architectural charms can be highlighted and emphasized in relief, as well as produce leaf [...]

How to Design a Balcony Garden

How to Design a Balcony Garden

Planning and designing a balcony area is an exciting prospect, but it is also something of a challenge even to the experienced garden designer or landscape architect. Apart from the obvious limitations of size and access, which are generally relatively easy to overcome given a little imagination and forethought, the elevated position and method of [...]

How to Decorate Screening in Your Balcony Garden

How to Decorate Screening in Your Balcony Garden

Your first consideration will probably be the style and type of screening that is going to give the balcony shelter and a modicum of privacy. In a block of apartments some form of partition or screening between you and your neighbours is often already in place, but it is rarely adequate and even less likely [...]

How to Create an Internal Partition in Balcony Garden

How to Create an Internal Partition in Balcony Garden

On larger balconies it may be desirable to erect some form of internal partitioning, using the more decorative forms of trellis. This might be to separate one part of the balcony from another: perhaps to enclose a small dining or hot tub area, to provide extra shelter or privacy, or to create a more intimate [...]

How to Create a Pleasing Sense of Seclusion in Your Balcony Garden

How to Create a Pleasing Sense of Seclusion in Your Balcony Garden

Some form of overhead structure is frequently necessary, both for privacy and to create a pleasing sense of seclusion. It will also act as a shelter by filtering light summer showers or the debilitating effects of strong sunshine. A climbing plant produces the most natural effect and, if you choose a quick-growing annual or deciduous [...]

How to Choose the Plants in Balcony Garden

How to Choose the Plants in Balcony Garden

Your most important accessories for color co-ordinating, creating special effects and both softening and adding life to your balcony scheme, are the plants you choose. If you are simply aiming at a good display amongst which to sit and relax or want to provide a year-round attractive view from the house, the guidelines are even [...]

How to Choose Plants for Balcony Garden

How to Choose Plants for Balcony Garden

There is such a wonderful variety of climbing and trailing plants that have decorative foliage, wonderful flowers and sometimes bright fruits too, that choosing just two or three for a balcony can be very difficult. Unless the area is a large one, you are unlikely to be able to choose more than a couple of [...]

How to Build Hot Tubs and Spas in Balcony Garden

How to Build Hot Tubs and Spas in Balcony Garden

Those with only a small backyard or balcony at their disposal need not be envious of garden owners with their own private swimming pools. Hot tubs and spas can be just as much fun, take up the minimum of space and because the water is heated, can be used in any climate and at any [...]

How to Add Water Features in Balcony Garden

How to Add Water Features in Balcony Garden

If you take its limitations into consideration and adapt your ideas accordingly, all things are possible on a balcony. There is no reason why you should not incorporate a water feature in your plans. In fact, so long as it is carefully planned and sensibly installed, a small pool or moving water feature can be [...]

How to Add Visual Effect to Your Balcony Garden

How to Add Visual Effect to Your Balcony Garden

Before you start adding any furniture and furnishings, there may be a few special decorative effects you would like to consider that will bring just a little originality or a certain clever visual effect to your balcony scheme. An indoor/out­door hybrid like this can take advantage of some of the more inventive trompe-l’oeil and design [...]