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Bear in mind the colours you've used inside your home. Colours are either warm (reds, oranges and yellows) or cold (blues, whites and violets) and complimentary colours tend to intensify the effect as well as making sure there are no colour clashes.
But don't be tempted by cheap plastic sets you'll end up regretting it as it will quickly start to look worn out. So, make sure you buy quality wood furniture which will last a long time while also looking great.
Urban Gardens Week, starting on Monday March 30, is created by Ronseal, the woodcare products manufacturers, and the Woodland Trust. It celebrates urban gardens and urges urbanites to make the most of their outdoor space, whatever the size, shape or form from balconies to roof terraces; window boxes to back yards.
Lack of light can be countered to some extent by painting the surrounding walls a pale colour, although brilliant white can be a bit harsh and look tatty in the winter months. Also choose shade tolerant plants such as foxglove, rhododendron, ivy, periwinkle and fern nearer the back wall.
Urban gardens are such an important part of our towns and cities. Just a few people living in a street making an effort can transform their urban gardens into havens for wildlife by taking simple design steps.
: The sky really is the limit when it comes to improving your balcony and I've heard of some really extravagant options including a fully turfed area which doubles as a putting green and a hot tub. And think carefully about what look you want and how practical it is for your lifestyle. For example, if you're rarely Nike Sportswear Bonded Blazer
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Don't be tempted by often expensive exotic plants straight away. It's much better to start with some sturdy, hardy perennials like hardy buxus, choisya "aztec pearl" and dwarf rhododendron, ivy, bay or small conifers.
The biggest challenge you'll face are the extremes in the weather conditions that your plants will have to survive, from hot intense sun to drying cold winds that scorch leaves. Shade is another challenge once the sun has moved round, therefore choosing the right kind of plants is essential.
at home then you don't want lots of plants that need constant care and attention.
Really work with the space you've got. If there's a balcony or overhang above your space, then hanging baskets can be a good idea to add real interest and depth to your space. And if there's an adjacent wall to work with, then train plants, such as vines, to grow up it, immediately making the space more interesting and appealing.
And, if you're limited by space, go for a storage bench, so that you can maximise the area available. Remember, balconies and roofs can be really exposed so protect the furniture by using a good quality furniture oil, one that will be kind to the environment too.
Very importantly, if you're renting your flat or apartment make sure your landlord is happy to let you kit out you balcony especially if it involves nails. There's nothing worse then spending a lot of effort and time on it and then finding out you've got to reverse it all.
If the position is particularly shady then violas and pansies should do well and also impatiens throughout the summer, while for the late summer period fuchsias should provide a lot of colour. And finally, using some natural coloured wood stains, which is a great way to add a splash of colour making the space look more natural and appealing.
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You can then start to get a bit creative, and build up a series of seasonal plants to add a bit of colour. The options here really are extensive, dependent on the height and exposure of your balcony.
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Birds, bees and insects are the most likely things you'll see, especially if you've got a good mix of flowering plants and shrubs and bushes. A bird feeder is also a great way to attract a variety of birds to your space.
This will provide you with a green base and you can then judge what kind of conditions you've got to work with and what level of plant life you want to go for. By putting in robust evergreen hardy plants you can create protected pockets for the more delicate ones.
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At this time of year, go for spring bulbs and bedding such as double daises, wallflowers, forget me nots, tulips, pansies, hyacinth and daffodils these will survive most conditions.
Choose the containers carefully, chunky wooden planters are ideal, but make sure they are sturdy enough not to get blown around, while also ensuring they have adequate drainage although make sure you don't end up dripping water onto the people below you.
Think carefully about the colour schemes, do you want colours that complement each other or ones that contrast?
Finally check with your landlord first!
Without a doubt, one of the easiest and quickest ways to get your balcony looking great is with a stylish table and chairs and even the smallest space will be able to accommodate this.
roof suffers from gusts of wind, then consider a small trellis. As well as acting as a wind block for both you and your plants, this will make your balcony look more natural, as well as blocking an ugly view or even shielding you from street noise. And to ensure it lasts a long time, protect wooden trellis with a preserver.
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