May 2nd, 2011

The best thing a plant lover living in high-rise buildings and condos is a balcony garden. A balcony garden can be an excellent retreat for urban gardeners. Fortunately, you do not have to be a master gardener to have a nice balcony garden in your apartment.

The first thing to do of course is examine your balcony. What size is it, how much space do you wish to use for chairs and table, how much for plants? Then there is the matter of growing conditions. Is the railing open or closed, in which direction does the balcony face, is it shaded by buildings or trees, how high up is it? All of these factors will regulate the amount of light available.

You will soon be stopped by your neighbors who will comment on the stunning display of summer hanging flowers you have created in a simple container garden! All it takes is:

- Selection of right kind of plants – evergreen plants that can survive outdoor climate throughout the year and do not require regular care and pruning,
Selection of right kind of containers – lightweight containers with proper drainage (in a variety of shapes and styles) that can be adjusted to your limited space either placed on the floor, hung freely or fixed in the wall,
Aesthetic sense – create focal points and do some experiments and “do it yourself” projects to add colors and fun to your balcony garden.

If you are looking for some ideas to spice up your balcony garden or design a new balcony garden from scratch, scroll down for some ideas for a beautiful balcony garden for some inspiration:

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