Just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean you have to give up gardening. A container garden on a balcony is a simple solution for those who can’t have a traditional garden or flower beds. Not sure how to arrange your container garden? Use these tips for placing flower pots on a balcony.
Where’s the Sun?
The first consideration is the amount of sun the plants will get in a particular location on the balcony. If you have a small balcony, you might not have much choice. For a large balcony, look at the different areas throughout the day to see how much sun they get. You might notice that a certain corner gets the most sunlight, or that a corner near the house gets shade.
Now you need to know the sunlight requirements of your plants. While most plants love lots of sunlight, some perform better with at least some shade during the day. Choose the location of each pot based on what is planted in it and how much sunlight it needs.
The convenience of the location is a factor in placing your container garden. You need access to the pots for watering purposes. If you’re growing veggies in the pots, you want them in a location where you can easily harvest the crops when they get ripe. You also want the pots to be out of the way so you maximize your overall use of the space. If you put them right in the middle of the balcony, you eat up valuable space and cause a roadblock for people on the balcony.
Another consideration is simply where the containers look the best. Odd numbers of objects tend to look best, so you might arrange three containers together in a corner, for example. Try different arrangements to see what looks best to you.
Multiple Pot Arrangements
If you have more than one container of plants on your balcony, you need to keep the placement of each of the pots in mind. In general, you want the largest pot toward the back so it doesn’t block the other pots. Not only will it be difficult to see the other plants, but the larger pot will also block sunlight to those plants if it is placed in front.
Depending on what you plant in your containers, the placement could affect the privacy of your balcony. If you plant something tall, like an ornamental grass, you can place the containers along the railings so neighbors and others can’t see onto your balcony as easily. Position the containers where you feel you need the privacy the most.