Green spaces have a way of recharging you. They make you feel calmer and relieve your stress in an instant. Imagine the benefits it could bring if you happened to have your very own green space at home? Good thing you can. If your home has a balcony, your dream can easily become a reality. With a sprinkle of creativity and a dash of style, you can turn your balcony into your very own green haven. But before you get started, there are some factors you need to consider.
1. Know your balcony garden’s purpose
First and foremost, know the purpose that you want for the new green space. Whether it’s for sitting quietly in, entertaining, or growing vegetables, the space’s purpose can greatly impact the plants and accessories that you will need for it. Bigger balconies can be transformed into a green space where you and your family can sit and enjoy some time in the sun. On the other hand, small spaces mean you have to think creatively and efficiently on how to put it to good use such as using it as a reading nook or a balcony breakfast bar.
2. Create a design plan
Once you already know the purpose of the garden, the next step is to plan how to make use of the area. Formulate your ideas and measure the space before you buy any plants or furniture. This way, you don’t have to keep coming back and forth to shops to have them replaced because they won’t fit into your allocated space. Planning guides you on the sizes of the plants, chairs, and accessories you will buy and it serves as your visual anchor once you start mapping them out in the balcony.
3. Choose the right plants
You may see the most beautiful plants for sale when we go to the nursery, but not all of them are suited to the climate in Malta. There are also plants which require expert or special care. Whether you have a villa in Sliema or in Gozo, tell them exactly where you are planning to put them, what kind of sunlight hours the space receives and whether it is prone to wind and more. This way, they can guide you on which type of plant to buy for your balcony.
4. Get creative with your pots
This is where you can really make your balcony garden come to life. Having the right style, size, height and grouping of pots can work wonders in making your garden exemplary. Pots come in all shapes, colours and sizes, giving you a chance to play around with their aesthetics.
5. Throw in some stylish furniture
Invest in stylish, quality furniture. Choose products that have a good design and are ideal for outdoor use. Keep in mind that you will place these furniture outdoors all the time, and they will be exposed to elements and take a beating from the sun, rain and wind. If you have a small balcony, buy single fold-up chairs and a small coffee table so you can easily store them away when not in use. If you have a big balcony, you will have a lot more options. For example, you can get more chairs and a decent sized table so you can enjoy al fresco dining or a bottle of wine with friends.
BONUS TIP: Flaunt your new green space
Now that you’re all set why not flaunt your new green space online? Inspire your friends on social media to do the same by sharing photos or videos of it. If you want to take it to the next level, you can even join competitions such as Frank Salt Real Estate’s #MyGreen Corner. It’s a great opportunity for you to win outdoor furniture and get your green thumb recognized for all of its hard work.