Often in cities, terraces and balconies can be small. Living walls are a great way to inject greenery into outdoor areas, without needing to make room for pots and planters. Unlike gardens, terraces and balconies can be over-looked by neighbours, so try introducing fast, vertical-growing plants like bamboo to make your space feel more private.
In gardens, light can be added along pathways and in flower beds, for terraces and balconies, which
usually have a more solid ground, adding light isn’t quite as easy. Solar string lights are a summer-must have that will transform your space into the perfect late-night hangout. Hang string lights back-and-forth from fencing or use candles to light up giant lanterns dotted around on tables, and even the floor.
Most terraces and balconies simply can’t support the weight of a lawn, but that shouldn’t mean sacrificing your green space. Artificial grass can be a much simpler alternative, especially for small areas that may not get much sunlight.
Your balcony or terrace might not be able to take the weight of heavy concrete pots, so choose ones made with lighter plastic or resin, and go for a compost formulated to be lightweight.
If your area is windy and exposed choose the appropriate plants for exposed spots, like Cordyline ‘Firecracker’ and Brachyglottis compacta ‘Sunshine,’ or other plants that survive well in coastal gardens.
If your area is exposed to a lot of direct sunlight stock up on plants with silver foliage, like lavender, which is good at reflecting sunlight. If your space doesn’t receive much sun, go for shade-loving plants.
Herbs are well-suited to containers making them a great choice for balconies and terraces – try wall-mounting them, and they’ll take up even less space. Mint, dill and parsley are good choices if you’re in the shade, but for sunnier spots try growing sage, thyme and rosemary.