We all want better access to outdoor spaces and to get in touch with nature after 18 months of the pandemic and the lockdown restrictions. But what if you don’t have a garden, how can you develop a garden for your balcony or terrace?

With the Chelsea Flower Show displaying balcony gardens for the first time, we have a look at some tips on how to create your own private nature reserve on your balcony, roof terrace, or decking.

To start, if you rent, you may need to check you have permission to make any significant alterations to your balcony if necessary, and you should check that your balcony can take the added weight of all the terra cotta and ceramic pots full of soil.

You should also consider watering. You do not want to be carrying buckets of water to your roof garden, so look for solutions such as drip irrigation or self-watering pots. You should also ensure that excess water is not going to rain down on neighbouring balconies underneath yours.

Choosing the right plants for the site is important. You do not want to waste time and space on plants that are unable to thrive in the conditions in your chosen spot.

The amount of sunlight that falls on your balcony garden is also something to consider. If it receives direct sunlight all day, meaning cacti, many flowers and most vegetables – if well-watered – will thrive there. If your balcony faces north or is shaded by other buildings for most of the day, look to low-light plants such as coleus, ferns, impatiens, hostas, and begonias.

Maintenance is important in a small garden. When plants are in containers instead of the earth, they need to be watered more often.

Start small and see how tending those plants fits into your schedule; you can always add more. Limited space and time can be challenging but a bit of planning this winter will go a long way toward making your tiny garden a big success next summer.

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