HomeblogThe best balcony garden ever The balcony garden may be small, but it punches far, far above its weight as a gorgeous green oasis. I cannot believe that this balcony below, that I love hiding on and reading on and people watching on, used to look like this: This is what it looks like now, and oh, I do adore it: The turning point really did come when I laid the lawn on the balcony. Now I can lounge on the grass with a book in the afternoons, as cosy as anything, resting on my lovely cushions from Oily Rag. And the green grass complements the leafy planting, and makes everything else seem bigger and greener and healthier. The plan is to have the ornamental vine, pictured above (and from Gardening Express), a clematis and a kiwi vine trailing around the rails of the balcony, enclosing it still further from prying eyes in and across the street. This is my garden, that I want to hide in: I’d rather not invite my neighbours if that’s ok. I’ve also planted three trailing squashes with small fruits in hanging baskets at the front so they can trail their way around the railings and stun (hopefully not physically) the neighbours with their pretty fruits in the autumn. Having a balcony that faces north is also a real blessing for me as I try to grow salads all the year round. Were this a hot, dry summer, I would be still more grateful as plants would be less likely to dry out and bolt. I still need to water the containers a fair amount, although I’ve come up with a few water-saving tricks, which I’ll share in a future post. And, oh! The lipstick-red pelargoniums that I planted and expect to last all summer in their galvanised steel containers. What a thing to see peeping through the railings each night when I return home. Of course the girls next door and the rather grumpy drum ‘n’ bass fan downstairs think I’m one of the strangest people they’ve ever met, especially when I appear at 5am on the balcony before work, still clad in my pyjamas, with a bright pink watering can for the drier corners of the balcony. But that’s the price you have to pay for owning the best balcony garden ever. Share this:ShareClick to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on StumbleUpon (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window) 9 Responses Marie June 15, 2012 By far, the most beautiful balcony I ever seen! I love how transformed a small space into such a peaceful oasis. Thanks for the inspiration! Reply Farmgirl Susan June 15, 2012 It’s wonderful! Reply BFD June 15, 2012 What else would you expect from the best daughter ever? Well done, Bebé. XXX Reply Caro (urban veg patch) June 15, 2012 Totally with you on the early morning pyjama clad watering run – I love to linger on my balcony both in the morning and the evening, checking on my little plants. Last year a rampant achocha provided a fast growing and fruitful green screen; this year I’ve planted a miniature melon, a trailing squash, french beans and achocha to go with all the herbs and edible flowers – my little piece of paradise! One question: where did your steel frames for the balcony railing planters come from? I’m thinking I could squeeze another layer of salads over my built-in window boxes! Reply Jody June 17, 2012 What a beautiful space! From morning cups of tea to afternoon books to wine after work, it just looks like the perfect place to escape! Wonderful! Love the grass too! Reply Jacqueline June 18, 2012 I am jealous – I want a balcony rather than my garden which is out of control & bedraggled at the moment due to excessive rain!! A beautiful space. Reply elli by studio34E September 19, 2012 the idea is BRILLIANT!!i love balconies, and this is awesome!!!bravooooo!!!!super! Reply Oakley October 15, 2012 WOW! Awesome balcony! How did you put in the grass? Is it real grass ontop of a large container? I really love that idea. I just started my balcony garden which I really excited to do. I would love to sit on some grass on my balcony. I’m sure my dog would love it also! Reply Angela Woods December 28, 2012 Love this. Try wildflowers and sunflowers in containers to help bees. LBKA month by month guide to pollinator friendly gardening http://www.lbka.org.uk/pollinator_friendly_plants.html . Bees need to fly 55,000 miles and make 4 million visits to flowers just to make one jar of honey. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Object in the image Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.