Making the most of your outdoor space is hugely beneficial, for the environment and mental and physical health. The coronavirus pandemic and the lockdowns it caused threw this into sharp relief for many, especially those households with limited space. This has led directly to a rise in balcony gardens.
Being creative with your limited space is a key aspect of balcony gardens with hanging pots, rattan screening covering fences and walls for climbers and stackable planting, all offering imaginative ways to turn small balcony spaces into your own haven of nature.
If you are looking for design ideas to create your own balcony garden, then take a look at our list below, to help you get the inspiration you need to make the most of your outdoor space.
Living walls are one of the newest trends to appear this year. Ideal for balconies and small outdoor yards, living walls are vertical gardens with plants being planted into a screen which is attached to a wall or fence. Being innovative with space has created the demand, which allows you to have walls of green without taking up precious room.
Potted plants and climbers
With limited space, if you want the colour of a flower bed, potted plants are the ideal solution. You can have as many or as few as fits your balcony and they can turn small, drab spaces into bright, green areas with splashes of colour.
Climbing plants are also ideal for balcony gardens as you can make the most of your wall space. Fixing trellis allows for flowering climbers to cover your walls with a beautiful cascade of colour and leafy greens. If you don’t have the time to install wires or trellis for the plants to climb, choose plants that don’t need support such as climbing hydrangeas.
If you like the idea of having a colourful garden, but don’t have the time or ability to maintain tender flowers or perennials, then planting evergreen shrubs is a great low maintenance balcony garden idea and most of them work well as a potted plant.
Available in different shades of green, purple, and golden tones and with variegated leaves, you have a range of options to choose from and they give you a beautiful array of colour in your garden all year round, with little maintenance. Make sure you choose the correct shrubs to match your sun exposure, so you can get the best out of your potted plants throughout the seasons.
Paint your walls/boundaries
Painting your balcony walls or boundaries can have a dramatic effect on how large the space feels. So, if you want to make your small garden feel bigger, choose a green paint to blend in with any foliage you have, or cream/grey/light blue for a trendy yet space enhancing background. Lighter colours will reflect the sunlight back onto your balcony, making it a warmer, bright, and more inviting space in which to spend time.
Artificial grass can be a great solution for balcony gardens. It offers the visual appeal of real grass without the maintenance or ground required to grow as well as being a cost-effective solution for small areas.
Available in a range of colours, blade lengths and softness, you can purchase as much or as little as you like. If you want a full balcony lawn then you can cover the entire area, or simply add a section of artificial grass to create a mini lawn. Artificial grass is suitable for garden furniture and plant pots, just move them around every so often to avoid permanent damage.
What can Grass Direct offer you?
If you want to keep your balcony garden looking great throughout the seasons with the minimal amount of effort, then here at Grass Direct we have everything you need to give you your perfect looking space all year round.
Grass Direct is the home of the UK's largest selection of artificial grass and we can accommodate any space - garden, patio, terrace, or balcony.
We have over 30 artificial grass ranges to suit busy family homes, pet lovers, lazy gardeners or anyone who simply wants to add some greenery to their outdoor space.
Furthermore, we won't be beaten on price, either. We pride ourselves on offering the best prices on the market and believe our synthetic grass is of the highest quality, and you won't find our products cheaper anywhere else. If you do, we will match that price and knock off a further 10%.
If you are unsure how an artificial lawn may look on your balcony or want to trial out the variety of colours and blade lengths of different artificial grasses, then we offer free samples on all our products, so you can make sure you choose the right option for you.
For all your artificial grass needs and enquiries, please contact us today by using our contact form on our website or call us on 03308 182 500 to speak to one of our friendly expert advisors!