Everyone knows that in this day and age of technology and the internet, it is so difficult to find peace and to relax without your phone continually buzzing because of notifications.
The perfect place to relax and rejuvenate is an area which contains ample amount of greenery and your personal space. The balcony is the ideal place to take some time out for just yourself. Enjoying the sunset with a cup of your favourite beverage, listening to some good music amongst your balcony plants is a fantastic feeling!
The most significant advantage of having your own balcony is the fact that you can customize it according to your whims and fancies.
All you need to do us consider the perfect conditions for your plants and then choose accordingly. Gardening requires effort and attention to detail; you need to commit to it. Don’t let this scare you, we’re here to help!
Here are the top 5 easy growing flowering plants that are perfect for your balcony garden.
No balcony is complete without these enchanting creeping roses- the most desirable choice amongst the flowering plants. They provide a vibrant landscape. They can grow alongside your gallery railings or on any support. Rich in aesthetics, creeping roses are the advent of beautiful modern houses. They are also available in multiple colours and can thus be grown according to the preferred colour of your choice. This plant can provide a brilliantly coloured, fragrant garden backdrop and can set the scene all summer long.
When choosing the perfect variety for your garden, be sure to consider the mature size of the plant, as some can climb 12 to 14 feet tall and spread up to 10 feet wide. Bareroot planting should be done in the late winter or early spring, allowing the roots enough time to grow before the humidity hits. Climbing roses will grow and bloom best in a location with maximum sunlight, although they will tolerate light shade. Most varieties will require the support of a structure like a fence, wall etc. if the goal is to get the climbing rose to cover a wall, it is recommended to use a trellis placed a few inches away from the wall to allow good air circulation.
Climbing roses prefer slightly acidic and well-drained soils.
How to plant: Dig your plant hole wide and deep enough to accommodate the plant’s roots when spread out. Loosen the soil at the bottom of the hole to allow the roots to grow deeper quickly. Centre the plant in the hole with the branches pointing slightly toward the climbing structure. The grafting union should be just below the soil level. Fill in the gap and lightly pack the soil. They prefer consistent and regular watering.
The sunny climate favours the growth of this plant. Flowers with fragrance and colour are used extensively in preparing beauty treatment options. It also repels insects and is ideal for growing in the balcony.
You can propagate the Lavender plants through seeds and seedlings, both. Although growing them from seedlings is a better choice as it helps you maintain the quality of the plant in case of large-scale cultivation. The soil for developing these plans need to be well-drained and rich in calcium carbonate content. You can add some gravel in the earth to make sure it has good drainage. Water your plants less, because they can survive drought conditions. Besides, over-watering can restrict plant growth or even kill it. As for the fertilizers, provide your plants with cow dung manure at least twice or thrice a year. Pruning the plants will bring new blossoms in the plant, but remember not to over prune the tips as that where the plant flowers.
No annual is more cheerful or more comfortable to grow than the marigold. These flowers give a wealth of gold, copper and brass into our summer and autumn seasons. The flower’s popularity probably derives in part from its ability to bloom vibrantly all summer long. Marigold thrive in full sunshine and can often withstand sweltering summers. If planted in shade and cold, moist areas, they are prone to powdery mildew and won’t bloom well. Though they grow in almost any soil, marigolds do best in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Prepare the soil by digging down about 6 inches to loosen it. Remove stones. Sow seeds directly into the garden once the soil is warm in the spring. Marigolds sprout within days in warm weather and plants bloom in about eight weeks. When you water marigolds, allow the soil to dry somewhat between watering, then water well and repeat the process. Water at the base of the plant as excess water on the leaves can lead to fungus diseases. Do not fertilize marigolds during its growth. A diet that’s too nitrogen-rich stimulates lush foliage at the expense of the flowers.
This plant has gorgeous flowers and can grow in small pots. It needs good soil and proper care. It adds a pop of colour to the balcony garden. Known for their asymmetrical, pattern and variegated foliage, Begonias add colour to the shady garden areas with their bright blooms.
Probably the quickest way to kill a begonia is to overwater it! Let them dry out slightly between watering. If they are kept cool, you may notice that they can tolerate a long time without water. Give them a boost of humidity by setting the pots in a pebble tray. Potted begonias prefer to be slightly root-bound rather than given too much room. Only repot when necessary, and preferably in spring before plants are moved outside and start actively growing.
Pansy is one of the best balcony garden plants. You can grow it in a small pot, or in a small wooden box to add to the aesthetic of the house. Pansy comes with a unique fragrance and numerous colours. Breeding has produced pansies that are better able to stand up in the cold, but they are not very heat tolerant. These flowers will bloom best in full sun to partial shade, but they will stay fresh looking and keep thriving longer if grown in partial shade. They grow best in loose, fertile soil with slightly acidic pH. Regular watering will help them hang on a bit longer, but don’t expect your pansies to last all season.