Want to enjoy the benefits of nature but live in an apartment setting? A balcony, however small, can be transformed into a valuable visual extension of your apartment. A well-equipped balcony can be enjoyed all year long to sit and entertain among pretty flowers and vegetables.|
One of the most effective ways to integrate your balcony garden with the adjoining room is to use the same flooring inside and out. Place a few standing potted plants on the inside flooring to link the inside and outside together. Find new uses for old furniture. A fun use for an old wooden ladder, painted brightly can be a graduated plant stand. An old bureau can hold your tools and supplies while being a prep station for your grill.
Since space is limited, cut out the middle section of a wooden table or picnic table and insert an oblong planter of veggies. Nasturtium flowers are edible and add a splash of color as well. Hang an old metal mail organizer for vertical display of herbs or strawberry plants.
Keep in mind that if you chose a climbing vine, they will take a beating from the wind. It is important to use resilient climbers like the Virginia Creeper, Honeysuckle or Ivy. Spring and summer bulbs and annuals in containers will add a pretty dash of seasonal color. Daisy flowers are unusually tough and can withstand slightly harsher conditions so they make a good choice for patio planting.
Tough, shrubby material can be used to give year-round interest such a twinkling Christmas lights. They also provide shelter for your less-hardy plants from the wind. And last, but definitely not least, consider planting containers of marigolds, catnip, beebalm and citronella to keep the pesky mosquitoes away!