Decorate balconies with plants
Decorate balconies with plants: We know that in the urban areas the space availability is very less. So, decorating the home is a task in itself. However, we can convert the small corners of the home into green patches. It not only adds the beauty to the home but also makes the area fresh.
I was reading a book related to Home Gardens. In this blog I will share certain points which I found useful to make your balcony green.
Balconies can be transformed from bare masonry into miniature into miniature garden- a flowers – filled oasis for the house holders, a pleasure for passers-by. The difference between a drab unit block and an appealing one is often simply flowers. Geraniums, fuchsias, begonias and petunias are all stalwarts on the balcony scene.
Balcony planting has its own limitations-driving rain, strong wind, hot spots, drainage problems. It is best to start with reasonably sized pots which can give roots space to spread and develop and which won’t heat up too quickly or be easily blown over. Wind slows down plant growth, but many plants will take it if well fed and watered. Make sure that every container has a drip tray or saucer beneath it. Ideal are self-watering pots that allow plants to take up water when needed, with no overspill. If drainage is a problem for large plantings, the drainage cell described later in the roof garden section may be answer.
As with roof gardens, the weight of pots or built- in planters may have to be considered, they are heavy when filled with earth. Build boxes, if you are allowed to, on the outside of the balcony rail increase planting space, but be sure that the fixing is absolutely fool proof for safety. There are galvanised iron supports available which loop over balcony rails and hold standards, long, foam plastic boxes, Sold as window boxes. The supports are adjustable and can be fixed over window sills as well.
It is easier if you put potted plants in a window box rather than planting directly into it. It makes repotting and switching plants about a lot easier to do. Planter boxes are less likely to leak or become warped if they are holding pots rather than damp earth.
Pots and baskets need to be regularly turned to face the sun to prevent any lopsided growth of plants. On the other hand, if there is too much sun or reflected heat on a western-facing balcony, then build some slatted overhang or use an awning to give some shade.
Hanging baskets and a climber on a wall trellis will use air space instead of floor space and add height to plant arrangements. So will tall potted shrubs, such as Ficus benjamina or schefflera actinophylla, the Queensland umbrella tree, with its spokes of light green leaves.
WINDOW – BOX STYLE POT SHELF IS MADE UP IN 25 MM WESTERN RED CEDAR OR DURABLE HARDWOOD PLANK BOXED IN AND SUPPORTED ON METAL BRACKETS PLUGGED TO THE WALL. HOLES IN THE PLANK ARE CUT TO SUIT POT SIZE AND AN OPEN BOTTOM ALLOWS FREE DRAINAGE.
Choose light- framed furniture or built-in benches and pale colours to create the feeling of space. Balcony walls could hold mirrored arches framed with lattice to give an illusion of greater length. Flooring could be tiled to match the living room floor to give a sense of continuity.
For more variety in planting, and if there is space, use planter boxes wide enough to have two or three rows of plants. Some plants at the edges of the box or pot should trail over the edges to soften the whole effect.
Balcony Beauties:- Ageratum houstonium, alyssum, begonias, calceolaria, campanum, crepe, chrysanthemum, cybidium, dianthus, gazania, impatiens.