It’s true that a small porch garden can look stunning in an apartment. But, with so many apartment garden ideas available, how do you know which plan will work best for your space? Actually, the answer is quite simple – start by thinking about what you want to get out of a small balcony or veranda. After all, it’s the design and layout of your little space that will really make it stand out and be unique. Here are some apartment gardening ideas to help get you started.
So what should you put in your little space? Well, first of all, don’t be afraid to mix and match plants. Some plants are going to do better in a small space than others, so be willing to experiment. And once you’ve chosen some plants, try to choose plants that can survive in temperatures that might be lower than you’re used to. This will mean that, while they may take more time to grow, they’ll also live longer.
Of course, there are many apartment gardening ideas that involve growing plants out of doors. One of the simplest of these is simply planting a variety of flowering shrubs in a pot on the veranda. If you have ever gardened in pots before (and even if you haven’t, I’m sure that you have at least considered doing it) then you will find this idea to be easy to execute. Plus, it’s relatively inexpensive and simple to change water and fertilizer containers.
Another thing you can do is take plants that don’t like direct sunlight and shade and put them in a partially covered and partially sheltered space. This might be a balcony, a patio, or an outside kitchen window (if you have one). Keep in mind that you’ll need to protect your plants from the rain during the colder months. And, of course, in summer you’ll want to provide shady conditions for your plants. This could be done by building a small shed or some sort of enclosure over the area.
Some apartment dwellers are more interested in blooming perennials than those that are annuals. So try to find a sunny spot with partial shade and plant a broom shrub or tree. They’ll survive the winter, grow again in the spring, and bloom again in the fall. Just remember that you’ll need to replant them every year or two. They’ll live a long time if you take the time to care for them.
If you have a tiny balcony, there are some plants that you’ll want to consider. These include either flowering herbs or trees like hibiscus or pear cactus. You’ll also want to place a small birdbath or fountain near the plants so that you can attract birds and wildlife into your small space. Plus, there’s just the symbolism of having something in a small space that can symbolize your very own “home.” Try hanging up pictures, a clock, or even a few chimes in a small frame.
If you’ve got enough room, it might even be fun to turn your patio or backyard into a mini greenhouse. It’s much easier than you think. All you need is an inexpensive greenhouse with plenty of windows. Then just add a variety of small seeds that will help bring life to your plants. Try marigolds, fragrant herbs, and daffodils. The list of flowers and plants available for your backyard is endless.
A small porch garden doesn’t have to limit itself to flowers and perennials. You can grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, and even orchids. It all depends on how much room you have and what you’re willing to spend on the soil and plants. Find out what works best for your climate before you start. Don’t be afraid to mix things up and keep your backyard planting interesting. Just don’t forget the flowers.