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Many people in the UK’s most popular towns and cities live in flats or shared houses without access to their own garden. For those renting houses that do have a garden, they are often subjected to an outdoor space that hasn’t been properly maintained or that they do not have creative control over. In the best-case scenario, people have access to a public garden or balcony where they can enjoy the natural outdoors. In recent years, homes in the UK have been getting smaller. This means gardens are also getting smaller too. For However, there are many ways that you can create your dream garden with the limited space that urban homes provide. Prestige Lawns have looked at the urban garden design trends that we can expect to see more of in 2020.

How to Create a Balcony Garden

Choosing Plants for Sunny Balconies

Flowers for Sunny Balconies

Beds of flowers are a great way to brighten up your balcony with some colour. The majority of flowers will thrive when grown on a sunny balcony. They look especially pretty on a balcony in a hanging basket or in flowers beds. To give you some inspiration, here are just a few types of flowers that you could choose.

  • Geranium
  • Hydragenea
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Begonia
  • Pansy
  • Hydrangea
  • Petunia
  • Jasmine
  • Bulbs such as daffodils, tulips & hyacinths
  • Marigold
  • Ivy geranium
  • Heather

Plants for Sunny Balconies

As well as flowers, you might also want some greenery on your balcony which you can create either with potted plants or even small fruit trees. Luckily with sunny balconies, the sky is pretty much the limit, and most plants will thrive in this environment. A few plants that you can try to add some greenery to your balcony include:

  • Ferns
  • Cacti and succulents
  • Herbs (eg. basil, dill, fennel, parsley & chive
  • Fruits such as strawberries and tomatoes
  • Dwarf fruit trees (eg. apple, apricot & cherry)

Choosing Plants for Shaded Balconies

Flowers for Shaded Balconies

Just because your balcony is on the shady side, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a range of different flowers in your outdoor space. After all, a garden isn’t complete without an array of flowers! Here are a few different species of flower that thrive in shady spaces and will add some colour to your balcony and hopefully attract some wildlife too! 

  • Perrennials that like shade (eg. viola, forget-me-not & geraniums)
  • Begonias
  • Fuchsias
  • Coleus
  • Torenia
  • Coral Bells
  • Oxalis
  • Foxgloves
  • Pansies

Plants for Shaded Balconies

A failsafe way to add some greenery to your shaded balcony is to take your houseplants outdoors. Most houseplants grow happily in the shade and don’t require too much maintenance.

  • Herbs (eg. mint, dill, parsley, sorell, chive & coriander)
  • Houseplants (eg. philodendrons & ferns)
  • Hostas
  • Ivy
  • Cacti & succulents

Garden Balcony Design Ideas

Large Balconies

With a large balcony, you have the space to work outwards which you can do with large flowerbeds and even garden furniture whether that’s an outdoor dining area or storage. To personalise the space, you could try adding a unique rug or a string of fairylights to make the space yours. Wicker chairs and comfy beanbags are also a great way to turn your balcony garden into a social space where you can host barbeques in the summer and enjoy a drink in the evening. 

Small and Juliet Balconies

With limited space, you’re going to want to work upwards instead of outwards when designing your balcony garden. Working upwards will also open up the space and create the illusion of a larger balcony. Work upwards with hanging baskets for the walls and overhanging baskets for the edge of your balcony. Climbing plants will also help you to accentuate the height of your balcony, taking focus off the width. Wall shelves can be very effective and great for storage. Paint the shelves a bright colour to add some personality to your balcony garden. Customise the space with decorated plant pots, candles and fairy lights.