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Unique balcony garden ideas that look great and increase privacy

A consequence of apartment living is limited privacy and even more limited gardening space. However, if you tap into your creativity and the right resources, you can pursue all your amazing herb and flower garden ideas – for even the smallest of spaces can turn into a beautiful haven. All it takes is a little time and planning. If you have a deck or balcony, you can enjoy privacy while refining your green thumb. Gardening isn’t exclusive to large plots of land and herb enthusiasts. Once you learn the best plants to select, purchase any other important tools, and arrange them all correctly, you’ll see the possibilities of these excellent balcony garden ideas.

What plants are good for a balcony?

Home balcony with numerous plants
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There are so many choices available for a flourishing balcony garden. The plants you select completely depend on the type of environment you’d like to develop. If you’re looking for a sumptuous flower assortment, you can truly grow your own living bouquet. Begonias, pansies, petunias, and hydrangeas are beautiful and decorative. Not to mention they smell wonderful. Ferns give excellent texture to a garden, and carry enough surface area to enhance your privacy.

If you want to smell and taste, a little herb garden is an aromatic way to liven up a porch. Sage, thyme, parsley, rosemary, or even dill are all good options. Small succulents do well in drier climates. Bamboo grows tall and adds a nice dimension to any outdoor space. Even some fruits and vegetables are an option when given the proper receptacles to grow in. Tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, and lettuce will likely do well. Feel free to mix and match different plant families as you put together your garden. Also, take a look at our guide on how to grow tomatoes in pots.

Are there other accessories to help increase privacy?

If plants don’t give you all the cover you’d like, it is simple enough to pair them with other additions to round out the area. For example, if you don’t plan to grow bamboo, but like the look, you can purchase bamboo shades to be hung at open intervals. You could also procure pre-potted miniature trees to form a sort of improvised windbreak around the perimeter of your balcony.

A ladder or specially measured latticework piece could be utilized with various plant types to create a truly lush screen to thwart prying neighbors! If you prefer to double down, many stores that sell garden goods and outdoor decor also carry a variety of screens and netting to hang as needed. If wind concerns you, make sure you purchase some type of weighted anchor or simply research wind-resistant plants. They do, in fact, exist. Holly, mondo grass, and several ornamental grasses fit that bill.

How do I arrange my balcony?

Potted plants placed on a balcony
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You have your plants and you’ve chosen a few accessories, but now how do you pull it all together? Start by isolating the areas in which the element of privacy will come into play. Target those areas first by placing the partitions, screens, or largest plants there. Then, moving down by size of object, begin placing things around the designated area to fill in gaps or surfaces as desired.

Window sills, patio tables, and window boxes are excellent homes for your new sprouting garden. If you have extra elements, like decorative pots or figurines, integrate them into the design also. The plants don’t have to secure all the privacy alone. Think of them as aids to close the gaps. It may take a few tries to get the layout just right, but allow your creative side to take over and you’ll enjoy the journey far more.

Nothing in life needs to be bland, boring, or restrictive if you think outside the box. In the case of a balcony garden, that is especially true. There are unique ways to layer lattices, screens, plants and pots to create an aesthetically pleasing area. Get creative with your plant selection, and mix edibles with florals. Mix in some wind-resistant varieties. Add accessories as you’d like, and take your time when arranging each piece to make your own private retreat. The best way to ensure your balcony will look great is to choose the plants you love. Put your personality into your porch.

Once you’re done, you’ll have a restful space you may never want to leave.

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