Having your own balcony offers space for a beautiful garden oasis. Create a splash of color with a variety of flowers or enhance your culinary creations with fresh herbs from your garden. A balcony garden can be as simple or complicated as you want, depending on your tastes, environment, and time and budget constraints. Potential gardeners in our Miami apartments can use these tips to make their balcony gardens grow!
Determine your balcony’s environment and where and when the sun is most prominent. Plan plant placement based on temperature and light requirements. Start slowly with a few plants and add more based on how much time you have to dedicate to your garden. Install a drip-irrigation system or use self-watering pots to cut down on watering duties.
There are numerous container choices, including small to large pots, planter boxes and hanging baskets. Fill containers with an all-purpose potting mix, which is sufficient for most plants. Vary container height to provide more plant space and increased visual interest.
Annuals Versus Perennials
Decide whether you want annuals, perennials or a combination. Perennials regrow every spring, while annuals only live one season and must be replaced. Some of the best gardens include a mix of both to allow year-round greenery and the ability to switch out part of your plants for a new look each year. Combine low-growing plants, tall flowers or shrubs and trailing plants for a fuller look.
Choose butterfly-friendly flowers to encourage them to visit your urban garden. Plants with a long growing season, bold colors and/or bloom in clusters or have large, flat petals are especially desirable. Choose plants with yellow, orange, red, pink, purple and blue flowers for better results. Avoid chemical pesticides and herbicides that could kill them.
Herbs also do well in balcony gardens and offer culinary benefits. Choose herbs based on your personal tastes and favored cuisine. Many are easy to grow and save money on your grocery bill. Consider rosemary, thyme, sage, basil, chives and/or flat-leaf parsley.
The Modern Miami offers resort-style living in the River District of downtown Miami, Florida. Our apartments feature private balconies so you can exercise your green thumb. Call (877) 958-9882 to tour our available floor plans today!