There is something about looking at green leaves dappled with sunlight that soothes the soul; it is so indescribable, and it can immediately release stress to go outside, look upon nature and breathe. It resets your mind and it refocuses you.
Even five minutes outdoors can make you feel like you can tackle any challenge that lies ahead. So, how in this modern age we live in where space is scarce, do we get that little patch of heaven that seems to cost so much? If you live in a complex or high-rise apartment, and your only access to the outside world comes in the form of a tiny sliver of a balcony, don’t waste space but rather use every last corner to create your own slice of calm and serenity. More is more when it comes to creating a garden in the air.
Ditch all the old abandoned exercise equipment and broken furniture and you can begin the hunt for your potted beauties. If your balcony is small, opt for a little round table and two cafe chairs to give you room for more plants – this can then become a lovely quiet space for you and your significant other to sip cups of tea or coffee and nibble on croissants (how Parisian are we?).
You can then begin to collect your plants. I am a fan of rectangle concrete planters stuffed full of lavender and herbs dotted along the edge of the balcony, or chubby round ceramic pots in the corners filled with lush green plants. You can throw one or two young olive trees into the mix to bring in a lovely grey-green tone. There are many different ways to arrange them and each balcony will work differently. However, keep the mindset of the more the merrier and really jostle the plants together to create a lush feel of privacy. When looking at which plants to get, go to your local nursery and speak to someone about which plants would work for your space.
Things you should consider
- Is your balcony very sunny or mostly shaded?
- Does the sun path move quite dramatically throughout the day? If so, opt for hardy plants that cope in shade, sun, wind and dramatic weather change.
- Consider if you want to invest in annuals or perennials; it is a good idea to have a nice mix of both so that your balcony does not become bare in the winter months.
- Salad leaves
- Spring onions
- Baby potatoes
- Thyme, chives, mint, sage, parsley, oregano, rosemary and basil, as well as an array of various other herbs can be grown in containers or pots.
Keep a look out for my next article where I will elaborate on how to grow and care for these vegetables and herbs, to keep your patio garden rich and full, as well as keeping a continual harvest of these yummy goodies.