Want to give your outdoor living area a fresh look? Apartment balcony container gardening for summer might just be the answer!
APARTMENT BALCONY CONTAINER GARDENING FOR SUMMER
Today is part two of My Wee Abode’s summer home tour! Welcome!
I’m so blessed to be part of the 2023 Summer Home Tour hosted by the ever so sweet and lovely Marty of A Stroll Thru Life!
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How Do I Make a Balcony Garden?
For the first time, I’m sharing the My Wee Abode 2.0 balcony and garden!
It’s quite easy to create a balcony garden using containers and just the right plants and flowers for your sun exposure! And today, I’m going to show you JUST how easy it is!
But first, let’s take a look at what you can add to your small outdoor living space to make it pretty and cozy!
How Can I Make My Apartment Balcony Look Good?
Not only is it easy to make your apartment balcony look good, but it’s fun, too!
With a few items, you can even make your small outdoor living area feel cozy, as well!
And, you can even do it on a budget!
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Add Comfortable Furniture
The wrought iron chairs I purchased on clearance from Hobby Lobby last year are so pretty. They may not look comfortable, but they really are!
Use Outdoor Rugs
Adding an inexpensive rug to your balcony is affordable, elevates the area, adds coziness, and covers ‘ugliness’ you may want to hide. 😉
This affordable outdoor rug is just the right weight, adds another touch of warmth to the area, and is easy to clean!
Cover the “Ugly”
And speaking of ugly… here’s a view of what’s behind the room divider that was once a closet.
That’s my utility cabinet that is in line for a cute makeover, as well as some project supplies just itching to be accomplished.
Create a Table for Your Outdoor Space
Now, when I say ‘create’, I mean you can use LOTS of different items to add a table to your tiny home’s balcony:
- Garden stool
- Rattan table
- Small chest, great for extra storage, too!
- Folding tray table
- A side table you aren’t using anymore
If you look closely, you can see that my patio table is a vintage galvanized tub (it’s quite heavy) that is going to be getting a makeover. In some photos, you can see the raw wood on top. Mid-photo-shoot, I decided to add a vintage linen table cloth to cover it. I kinda like the wood showing, how ’bout you?
Use Summer Decor Items Outside As Well As Inside
Your summer decor items aren’t JUST for inside the home!
Plus, you don’t have to JUST use live plants outside! Add a faux plant to your table, with a plant stand (or even a tiny stool, or books!) to give it some height.
And for good measure, add a coastal touch with a large piece of ‘coral’.
The Best Way to Create a Balcony Container Garden
Now that we have our furniture and decor added to our apartment balconies, let’s add the REAL pretty, shall we?
Choose Containers That Will Work in a Small Garden Area
When you have a small space to create a container garden, you need to make sure to purchase the right containers.
Using similar planting pots, such as terra cotta, throughout a container garden creates continuity and flow. Using too many different plant-container-finishes on a small balcony can look messy and hap-hazard.
The container on the ‘welcome’ chair plant stand is about 6 years old. I love how it’s weathered!
Here, the balcony edge is lined with two different size pots, and the larger pots with the flowers are on risers, which gives it some interest.
All of the terra cotta pots on the floor are new. I picked them up at Hobby Lobby for 50% off, and they were SUPER affordable!
One more thing… be sure the plant containers you choose will give your plants plenty of space to grow! Make sure they are at least as deep as the plastic pot you purchase them in, and have at least an inch around to add new soil.
Pick Out the Right Plants and Flowers
When choosing the plants and flowers that you want to add to your balcony container garden, keep in mind two tips:
- Notice the sun exposure on your balcony or patio. Does your balcony receive full sun all day? Is it shaded all day? Or do you get partial sun exposure? Be sure when you take your trek to the nursery, you notice where the plants are being kept. In full sun, partial or complete shade. If you’re not sure, ask the botanist on duty.
- Do you have animals that like to eat your plants? Be sure to ask your nursery expert which plants are NOT a desired food source for pests (there aren’t a lot), and what plants may help to deter rodents.
My Wee Abode has almost complete shade all day long on the balcony area. I actually asked the botanist on duty at our local nursery what plants she would suggest. She kindly showed me the area I could make my choices from, and gave me some advice on what she thought would work well.
What Plants Need Full Shade?
Since My Wee Abode’s balcony is a fully shaded area, these are the plants in my containers:
- Mojito Mint
- Snap Dragons (I cheated, and I’m going to see if these will grow with some light sun exposure… we’ll see)
- and, Pyrethrum Daisy (I cheated on these, too… these were in full sun when I bought them!)
The Kalanchoe are a succulent type plant that flowers almost year round. They are hearty and low-maintenance and need very little water.
This red one is a flaming red! So pretty!
And this Double-White Kalanchoe is gorgeous, too… and the creamy white flowers remind me of a wedding!
Coleus come in quite a few color variations. This one was the closest colors to summer I could find.
Then, I went to Home Depot and found one in vibrant lime and purple… for less money.
Don’t you hate when that happens?
Impatiens do great in shaded areas OR full sun! (Sunpatiens are even better, and prettier!)
And again, very low maintenance.
Again, my hope is that the Pyrethrum Daisies will get enough sun by sitting in my window boxes on the railing. So far, they are doing fine!
Do you remember I used miniature daisies on my spring patio at the loft apartment?
I think I just love little daisies… They are so fresh and cute!
And one more peeking out…
I even added one to a small pot and made it a neighbor to the Coleus on my new tiered plant stand.
One Last Tip… Natural Rodent Repellants
Now for the reason why I went a little overboard on the Mojito Mint.
Last spring and summer, ALL the plants that I brought from the loft apartment were devoured by rodents and birds.
It has taken me a whole year to decide to take another stab at creating a garden on the balcony.
The Sweet Smell of Mint?
Do you know that varmints do NOT like the smell of mint? And Mojito Mint has a stronger mint odor than your standard mint plant.
So, it seems logical to me to surround all of my Kalanchoes with Mojito Mint plants. Every other pot, to be exact.
It’s make me happy that these herbs can be used, and are a lovely green, at that!
Coffee Grounds Aren’t Just for Mornings
The other natural product I’m using to ward off the critters is coffee grounds.
At the beginning of spring, I caught a squirrel digging through the one and only container plant I had left. Coffee grounds can deter squirrels from digging through plants/dirt, so I tried it.
Not a squirrel on my patio since! (I used fresh grounds, because I had some I didn’t like… but I’ll try used grounds next time!)
One More Tip…
Speaking of Mojito Mint… It’s not just for warding off unwanted fauna. If you suffer with allergies during the summer, these essential oils for congestion might be a great natural option to ward off the results of outdoor living once you’re go back inside!
Now It’s Your Turn
Are you starting a container garden this summer? Do you have a balcony or small patio area that could use a refresh? What types of plants will you use?
If by chance you want to start a thematic garden, or give a bouquet to your fave person, check out these flowers that start with p! Such a fun list!
Here’s a few more of my favorite closeups of my apartment balcony container garden for the summer.
Do you think these Double-White Kalanchoes could be used in a summer wedding bouquet?
Gotta love those mint plants! Anyone have some ideas (other than tea) for the harvest these plants will bring?
Thank you SO much for dropping in! I hope you enjoyed the tour, and maybe even learned something new and helpful!
Next on the tour is my sweet friend Kate from Southern Home and Hospitality. You’re going to love her elegant southern style, and you’ll be getting even more tips for your porch!
And remember to be sure to check out all the virtual home tours this week, listed below!
2023 Summer Home Tour Lineup