While city living has a lot of benefits, one area it suffers in is the lack of personal outdoor space. If you live in the middle of the concrete jungle, all cramped up in a tiny apartment, you can easily start feeling the need for more greenery in your personal living space. The good news is that you don't have to plunk down hard-earned money for a little space out in the countryside. Instead, you can turn your balcony into a little green sanctuary where you can relax your mind and enjoy a little of nature's soothing greenery. All it takes is a little planning and some creativity. Regardless of how much space you have, you can build your own little personal green space.
Before you sprint to the nearest garden centre, make sure you check with your building superintendent regarding apartment rules on gardens. Many premises have strict rules concerting safety and security considerations. After checking with your building's management, check with your neighbours to see if they are okay with your planned flower garden. Clue them in as to which varieties you want to plan and ask for their feedback. This is the best way to avoid any strife down the road.
Remove as much clutter from the area you want to plant as much as possible. Get as much free space as possible. Next, select your plants based on the weather patterns in your area. Also, select your plants based on how much sunlight your planned space gets. Select plants depending on where your balcony is facing. If you have a south facing balcony, you may want to try dahlias, cosmos, cannas, licorice vines, lantanas, snap dragons and zinnias. If you have a north facing balcony, try begonias, eucomis, and coleus plants. Use a lot of container plants and mix different contrasting herbs like basil with tomatoes or peppers.
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