The Balcony Gardener

LAURUS LIFE | Homestyle

The Balcony Gardener

LAURUS LIFE | Homestyle

Your own little oasis

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Apartment living doesn’t necessarily mean ditching your dreams of an outdoor green oasis.

If you’re lucky enough to have a patch of outdoor space - whether it’s a dinky patio or a small but perfectly formed balcony - then you’ll want to make the most of it. Many of our developments that include apartments, such as our newly built Bakers Court set in the heart of Timperely village, boast stylish balconies, and with a bit of careful planning and a sprinkling of creativity, you can transform your elevated space into an elegant outdoor retreat.

A sun trap

  

Before you rush out to your local garden centre, it’s important to think about how much sunlight your balcony enjoys, as this will determine which plants will work best for you. If you’re North-facing and shaded for a lot of the day, shade-loving plants with foliage such as hostas, ivy and grasses will work well.

A sun trap

  

Before you rush out to your local garden centre, it’s important to think about how much sunlight your balcony enjoys, as this will determine which plants will work best for you. If you’re North-facing and shaded for a lot of the day, shade-loving plants with foliage such as hostas, ivy and grasses will work well.

Plant ideas

  

Long and tall plants, such as tree fern or bamboo, suit small and narrow spaces, as not only do they provide dappled shade, but they create a screen from the neighbours. For a Mediterranean touch, slow-growing olive trees are very happy living in patio pots and provide some structure and elegance to a space.

While it may not be possible to grow your own vegetable patch if your outdoor space is limited, herbs and salads are very easy to grow and care for, and look great hanging from balcony railings. Fresh mint, chives, rosemary and a salad mix are a good start for your micro herb garden.

Plant ideas

  

Long and tall plants, such as tree fern or bamboo, suit small and narrow spaces, as not only do they provide dappled shade, but they create a screen from the neighbours. For a Mediterranean touch, slow-growing olive trees are very happy living in patio pots and provide some structure and elegance to a space.

While it may not be possible to grow your own vegetable patch if your outdoor space is limited, herbs and salads are very easy to grow and care for, and look great hanging from balcony railings. Fresh mint, chives, rosemary and a salad mix are a good start for your micro herb garden.

A space to reflect

  

A much-used gardening hack is to strategically place a mirror outside to create the illusion that your space extends beyond its boundary: using a large mirror behind a flowerbed will make it look twice as deep and green. Just be mindful of what your mirror is reflecting, making sure you position it at the right angle is key to showcase your greenery rather than last year’s rusty BBQ.

While any old mirror will do, try and get one designed for outdoor use that will stand the test of time, and for a softer look that blends in more with your surroundings opt for glass with an aged patina.

A space to reflect

  

A much-used gardening hack is to strategically place a mirror outside to create the illusion that your space extends beyond its boundary: using a large mirror behind a flowerbed will make it look twice as deep and green. Just be mindful of what your mirror is reflecting, making sure you position it at the right angle is key to showcase your greenery rather than last year’s rusty BBQ.

While any old mirror will do, try and get one designed for outdoor use that will stand the test of time, and for a softer look that blends in more with your surroundings opt for glass with an aged patina.

Alfresco evenings

  

For the finishing touch to your green urban oasis, garden lights are a must for creating the right ambience. Adding a cluster of festoon lights dangling overhead will emit the perfect atmospheric glow during those alfresco evenings.

Finally, to round-off your balcony garden, choose a compact and brightly coloured bistro set that will not only create an impact, but will also provide the ideal spot for you to kick back with a glass of wine on those beautiful balmy summer evenings.

Alfresco evenings

  

For the finishing touch to your green urban oasis, garden lights are a must for creating the right ambience. Adding a cluster of festoon lights dangling overhead will emit the perfect atmospheric glow during those alfresco evenings.

Finally, to round-off your balcony garden, choose a compact and brightly coloured bistro set that will not only create an impact, but will also provide the ideal spot for you to kick back with a glass of wine on those beautiful balmy summer evenings.

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