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Create your own paradise
This website contains facts and information about a balcony garden, in addition to ideas and tips on growing your own vegetables, what furniture and accessories may be suitable, different types of designs and several pictures for inspiration! Please read on below for information about a balcony garden, or navigate around our site via the Index page for details on patio garden chairs, tables, seats, benches, covers, umbrellas, lighting, water features and much, much more!
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Help with construction
Anyone can design and construct their own balcony garden, however if you are looking to change things structurally, you should consider the help and advice of professionals. Safety is key and there is so much to consider and plan carefully, so please read on. Many companies will have the ability to build you a balcony garden - often with the resources to provide different designs and ideas. Ask friends, family and forums if they know of any local reputable companies that could help - or at least provide a quotation. You can then weigh up the competition and choose the best on offer.
There are many different designs for balcony gardens which can help you personalise the area and give the balcony character. Some of us like full and busy balcony gardens and others prefer minimalistic and open garden designs, so there are no set rules. Depending on the structure of your balcony garden, you have various materials which could be used, such as, brick, block-paving, real stone, tiles, tarmac, concrete, glass, plastic, metal, wrought iron, wood or wicker. You could create your own jungle with large potted plants, grasses, herbs or vegetables or keep the foliage limited to the perimeters, with containers or hanging baskets. You may just want a clear and clean space with exterior flower beds and room for comfy furniture. The options and ideas are endless.
TIPS / What to consider
There are lots of things to consider when looking to create a balcony garden and we're certain we won’t have covered them all! However, useful tips to consider in your planning and preparation could include the following,
- Careful Planning - You should always plan a balcony garden well before moving in heavy objects, plants or furniture. Ensure firstly that any ideas you have are not going against any building regulations or restrictions, as this could cause you problems further down the line.
- Size, Shape and Design - Remember that size, shape and design will play a large factor. If you want to be able to manoeuvre around furniture and plants easily, then ensure you have the room. Access to the balcony garden itself will also determine what you can put there. Can furniture be carried there flat-packed, then assembled? How will you carry soil and planters/containers to the balcony garden?
- Restrictions and Safety - Are you restricted by weight? If so, do not use heavy objects or large containers. Ensure you understand the limitations and avoid putting yourself or others at risk. Safety should also be considered carefully when it comes to railings and fencing. If children are to use the balcony garden, ensure there’s no way they can crawl or climb over the edge.
- Weather / Environment - Choose plants, vegetables, herbs, flowers, shrubs and trees that will grow in your climate. You may wish to consider how much sun or shade the balcony garden gets. Strong winds and exposure to harsh elements may restrict which plants can be used (or should be used). Think about all year round foliage, how much maintenance the plants will need and how big they will grow to!
- Materials - What materials would be best to use? If you plan on building and maintaining your balcony garden for many years, then you may wish to opt for durable and strong materials such as wrought iron. If you plan on leaving furniture out all year round, then it must be able to withstand all types of weather.
- Water and Drainage - You will need to water and drain away the plants you have on your balcony garden. If you do not have a good drainage system, you may find yourself forever cleaning up dirt and dust from the floor. Ideally you want water run-off into a functional drainage system which can deal with the amount of rain that may fall in your region.
- Maintenance - Its not only plants that require maintenance, you should also think about cleaning surfaces, tiles, beds, containers, planters, etc. Sweeping leaves, dirt and dust regularly may become tiresome so make it as easy for yourself as possible. Will the furniture need cleaning and treatment?
- Cost - Cost could be significantly reduced if you conduct a good search for materials and plants. There is so much competition that garden centres often hold sales and other deals. Its not always the best option to buy the cheapest accessories for your balcony garden. Ensure whatever you do buy comes from a reputable source and with some kind of guarantee. Keep your receipts too, should you need to return anything!
Thousands of people search to find ideas for their balcony garden and inspiration for a unique design. Build a piece of paradise on your own door step! We hope that you have found this website a useful guide to balcony garden products and designs. You will find that this website is a great resource, whether you are looking to design, build or plant a balcony garden or simply purchase some products and accessories. Both men and women young and old love to create their own balcony gardens, grow their own plants and have a place to relax and entertain friends!
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Garden on a Balcony
- Information and ideas for your balcony garden!
- Search our site for links to a huge range of products
- Different designs and tips to get you on your way!
- Accessories for the balcony garden
- Wood, wicker, metal, water, heat, cover, light, scents, colour and function
- Sun dials, sheds, bird baths, BBQs, umbrellas, gazebos, and awnings
- Tools, tips and hints to help grow your balcony garden. Attract nature with colours, scents and foliage
- Considering a balcony herb or vegetable garden?
- Find out about the huge range of materials for design and functionality
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