Fantastic Balcony Garden Ideas

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:

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Where to Get Bargains on Patio Furniture?

If dressing up your patio isn’t enough and you really want to get some patio furniture on a tight budget, there are some places that you can shop where you can get great bargains on high quality patio furniture. The answer is that you have to think outside the box and expand your patio furniture horizons. Here are some locations to get good buys on furniture that you probably never even thought of.

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Outdoor Patio Curtains

If you and your family like to spend a lot of time on your patio, you probably want to have a good atmosphere while you enjoy your time there. You wish for some warm air outdoors, clear sky and good decoration to keep you comfortable. Sometimes we can’t get all of this, or even none of it, but outdoor curtains for patio may help a lot. How? Let me explain. You can use a lot of different window treatments in your home, there are many draperies that will improve the look of your home and allow you to have your own privacy. But what about all those draperies that offer a bit more than just decoration? Good looks are not everything and you can find practical drapes that will show you a different use for all window curtains.

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Cool Upholstered Chairs – Husk by B&B Italia

These cool upholstered chairs Husk by B&B Italia recently made their appearance at the 2011 Milan Furniture Fair, and we like what we see! Designed by Patricia Urquiola – a fixture on the furniture scene – the chair features a unique upholstery pattern resting in a stylized shell, giving it an entirely revamped shape that is as inviting in looks as it is in fee. And supporting it all, the base plays more of a starring role. Available in different styles, it adds a hard edge to the plush, cozy seat. Contemporary style and comfort characterize this cool chair design.

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Double Patio Lounger

This cool double patio lounger by innovative young designer Victor M. Aleman has certainly thrown us for a loop! The Loopita Bonita lounger is inspired by the rollercoaster, with its daring, dramatic curves that are just as exciting in chair form. The up-and-over shape is a sculptural masterpiece, (And like its muse, don’t be surprised to find a line-up of folks eager to take it for a spin!) This double seat is the perfect place for two, whether sunning, reading, chatting or napping, face to face. The Loopita Bonita lounger makes a striking addition poolside or on your patio, or place it indoors and shake up your style.

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Spring’s Most Elegant Flowering Bush

Chinese snowball is the plant for a savvy spring gardener. Statuesque in scale, one bush is all you need to make a statement. Laden with hydrangea-like blooms, a single specimen can add oomph to the border or be trained into a small accent tree. This semievergreen blends beautifully into any yard.

The flowers are the draw here. From April into May (and even early June in cooler climates), you’ll be rewarded with spectacular, softball-size blooms. These flowers start out lime green and then open to pristine white. Because the blooms are sterile, this viburnum does not produce fruit. And while many viburnums are fragrant, Chinese snowball isn’t—a bonus for those with sensitive noses. Once flowering is done, this dense, round shrub blends into the background, allowing other plants to steal the show. One or two in a suburban-size yard are plenty.
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