Courtyard and balcony gardens are less forgiving than suburban gardens. A big garden can ramble a bit, drawing you past a bit of a dead patch with the lure of the something great glimpsed just around the corner. But in a small garden everything is on show, all the time.
Balconies provide wonderful opportunities to grow perfectly pint-sized gardens. Author and self-confessed crazy plant lady, Angie Thomas explains how to get started.
You might be most familiar with the sun-hardy bedding begonias, the ‘wax flowers’ whose red and white blooms shine on through hot weather. But there are
many other types of begonias, some with beautiful patterned leaves as well as those simple, charming, waxy flowers.
Follow our guide on what to plant.
Even the smallest balcony plots can produce crops from an interesting range of small-fruited, ‘patio’-sized vegetables. Linda Ross shares tips on making
Cymbidium orchids, with their gorgeous flower spikes over a metre tall, look impressive, and are easy to grow in temperate regions, especially in large
pots, which can be sheltered during cold winters.
Who doesn’t love the vibrant dazzle of tulips? But blink and you'll miss them. For a longer-lasting, less expensive bulb display that builds, becoming
better and better each year, try these:
Waterlilies are shy until the mercury hits 30, and then they unfold into beautiful blooms. We grow them in large bowls and pots, and pick them to decorate
the table through summer.
In just one weekend the Garden Clinic team transformed a chilly corner into a welcoming sanctuary, that is simple to pack up and move to a new location
Bring the fun indoors this winter with a miniature fern garden for the coffee table. Linda Ross tells how it’s done.
To make a balcony feel like a garden it needs to surround you with plants. Somehow you have to get some plants up at eye level, and even above it.
A small tree would be just the thing, but on most balconies a pot big enough to support a large plant is just too heavy once it’s filled with moist
soil - and a tree! A more pragmatic approach is to arrange smaller pots at different levels. You need to get those pots up off the ground to really
appreciate your balcony garden. Here are a few ideas.
Coelogyne orchids (pronounced see-lodg-i-nee) are sometimes called necklace orchids because of their long pendant sprays of white flower.
Dazzling scarlet and black blooms are set against furry silver foliage in this stunner from the desert.
There are many types of basil to choose from: Thai, lemon, Greek perennial, globe, holy and purple, but regular sweet basil is indispensable, so start
with that, then add to your collection.
More reasons to grow your own food - a dwarf-growing blueberry with fruit the size of a grape! The luscious fruits are produced in large quantities in
late winter and early spring.
Black and yellow is a dramatic colour scheme for a flower, and this new petunia from Ball Australia is creating quite the buzz!
Cooler weather launches camellia season, lets start at the very beginning with Camellia sasanqua. Starved for space? Well here are the top
camellia sasanqua for pots.
This new release is a high-yielding variety that produces sweet fruit that mature from green to a glossy red.
These reliable plants provide a bright display on a sunny balcony or patio from summer through autumn.
A cyclamen is one of loveliest cool climate pot plants, yet many people find them hard to grow. Position is the key– out of direct sun in a light situation,
well away from artificial heating.
Cyclamen are perfect Mother’s Day gifts, and here’s how to get them to flower again the second year.
‘King Alfred’ and ‘Sydney’ sport the traditional golden trumpets that herald the new season but there are other daffodil shapes and colours to enjoy.
Dahlia-lovers will be planting tubers in September-October for big bold flowers in summer. Meanwhile, there is fun to be with dwarf varieties, which can
be planted in pots or, lets face it, crammed into any bare spot in the garden!
These new ‘garden pinks’ are an effervescent cerise with a port wine eye. The fragrant, double blooms are long-lasting and the plants are compact and well
suited to pots.
For all the slander suffered by daisies, they have maintained their popularity with gardeners and the new release ‘Sunday Best’ is a good illustration
of why. Vibrant, double pink flowers literally smother the bush from mid-autumn to spring.
It's time to check potted houseplants for some much needed revival. They are beautiful additions to any indoor space, contributing to the health of
our inside environments. It's called biophilia - the happiness of surrounding yourself with green living things!
A front door with an easterly aspect is the perfect position for fuchsias, which love morning sun, but can’t cope with an afternoon blast from the west.
Glossy green leaves provide the perfect backdrop to fragrant white flowers.
These new hibiscus are excellent for containers, with compact growth and plenty of flowers over a long period.
Don’t you love the flamboyant look of hippeastrums in late spring! Their bright trumpet-like flowers on top of strong stems shout a happy message to passersby.
These furry, iconic Australian flowers are a great addition to a potted garden, especially the smaller varieties. As long as you have a space that sees
full sun and they’re planted into a native potting mix, you can’t go wrong. From now until early summer keep up the water to maintain colour and extend
longevity in the blooms. To stimulate new growth, cut back old flower stems and foliage to the base.
The pink and purple heads of ornamental cabbage provide highly desirable splashes of colour throughout the long months of winter.
Trailing pansies cascade over urns, hanging baskets and window boxes. Their profuse flowering habit allows them to recover quickly after rain so the display
lasts for months at a time.
These little pots of small-leafed succulents are low-care and make a great gift.
This iconic Kiwi native is an excellent choice for pots on high, windy balconies
Thryptomene takes its name from the Greek meaning ‘coy, prudish or made small’ which is a perfect reference to both its foliage and flowers. Saxicola refers
to the rocky soil in which is grew prolifically before being bred for domestic gardens.
Courtyard gardeners who covet the pretty petals of magnolias find that most struggle in potted situations. But not the star magnolia which grows into a
long-lived, rounded, short shrub with either white, ivory or rose pink blooms.
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