Building a balcony garden is becoming more and more popular these days. All of the flats in Archi residential complexes have a balcony space, enabling the residents to grow their own flower gardens. There are various ways to decorate balconies, such as hanging plants, a vertical garden, or wicker baskets full of flowers. However, the process should start by picking the right flowers.
The position of your balcony is a key point when it comes to selecting plants. The direction of the sunlight plays an important role in the flowering and the lifespan of your garden plants. East, west, and south-facing balconies are ideal.
Creating a balcony garden requires special procedures. After considering the direction of the sunlight, you should go for either annual or perennial flowers. Growing annual flowers is the easiest way to diversify your balconies. They tend to flower multiple times during the year, contributing to about half a year of beauty on your balcony. Petunias, Forget-Me-Nots, and Violas belong to the annual type of flowers. They begin to blossom in spring. Petunias are one of the most popular and fast-growing flowers with a minimum of needs. Malva, with its healing and relaxing properties, is also an easy-care flower.
Growing perennial flowers on your balcony can be a little bit problematic. This is explained by their intolerance to wind, cold, and heat. For example, open-ground Geraniums last for multiple years, but cannot survive the winter. You are recommended to place them in a vertical position on your balcony during summertime and keep them inside in winter. In this way your Geraniums can flower all year round. As for Chrysanthemums, they require special care. A variety of white, red, yellow, and purple Chrysanthemums makes for a beautiful bouquet. Chrysanthemums withstand low temperatures, enabling you to decorate your balcony with them even in the wintertime. In addition, Rambler Rose (doesn’t require frequent pruning), Feijoa, and Azalea last for multiple years as well.
Meanwhile, there are flowers which suffer from sun intolerance. For example, Begonias should be placed on the shaded part of the balcony, so that the sun does not reach them. It is necessary to water them either in the morning or in the evening. Gazanias, similar to Chamomile in appearance, love bright places. The flower is usually described as Midday Gold because it closes up on cloudy days and opens with the sun.
Windy weather is one of the biggest challenges for balcony flowers. The wind quickly dries out their soil. Hence, try to water flowers as much as possible on windy days. In addition to other plants, you are advised to decorate your balcony with vegetables. For instance, you can grow annual peppers that need light and watering. In order to further diversify your balcony, use small and beautiful evergreen Hebes.