As the days start getting warmer and longer it’s time to get your balconies ready for summer entertaining. Start by sorting through all the unnecessary items you have on your balcony. This often includes mops, brooms, bikes and random junk. Typically balconies become a dumping ground for a large array of household items. If storage is an issue consider installing space saving storage options such as a storage cupboard or a bench seat that can double as seating and storage.
Once you’ve de-cluttered it’s time to give the area a thorough clean. Clean windows, sweep and mop floors and remove any cobwebs or dirt. Unfortunately this is the messy part of the job but will make all the difference in the end.
When this is finished the fun begins….selecting pots, plants and furniture! When thinking about the design and layout of your balcony it’s important to keep it simple, try not to get carried away by including every design feature you’ve seen. Also try to restrict the colour palette to three shades only. Another important consideration is size and scale, a few large pots work better than lots of small ones, which can make the space feel cluttered.
Plant selection is also another important consideration. Balconies conditions are typically windier, hotter and drier than plants would normally experience in a ground level garden. You will need to take into account your apartment’s aspect, sunlight levels and volumes of wind. A safe bet is to grow hardy varieties like Yuccas, Agave’s, Crassulas, succulents and herbs.
Once all the hard-work is done your newly completed balcony should feel like an extension of your home’s interior. An inviting space that looks attractive from inside and out, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy!