Small Gardens – Big Ideas
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a large garden. But even those who have little space available or have a balcony can build a green oasis of their own. In this blog, we give you tips and tricks on how to make small areas visually larger and get the most out of your green refuge at home.
Create Optical Width
Although garden ponds and water features tend to be installed in large gardens, smaller gardens can also be enhanced by ponds and pools. The fact that the sky and surroundings are reflected on the water surface can become a space-enhancing aspect that visually enlarges a small green area. In addition, water surfaces conjure up additional brightness in the garden.
Even in tiny gardens or on a terrace, it is possible to satisfy the longing for water. Small splashing fountains and decorations will give you a feeling of peace and relaxation and they are always beautiful to look at. What’s more, such items attract birds, wildlife, and butterflies into your space. If the fountain or a water feature is also equipped with small LED lights, it offers a wonderful experience after dusk because the light sparkles and glitters together with water droplets. Moreover, bright colours make a small garden look visually larger. To create visual depth, you can also use darker plants along walls and in the back, while a selection of bright flowers in the front area tends to convey distance.
Colourful Flower Beds
If you have a larger bare area that you want to turn into a sea of flowers as soon as possible, flower meadow mixtures will help. In just four to six weeks, you can enjoy a sea of blossoms, and bees as well as bumblebees will thank you too. Although keep in mind that it is essential to make sure that the seedbed does not dry out during germination.
Annual climbing plants such as funnel vine (Ipomoea), fire bean (Phaseolus), scented vetch (Lathyrus odoratus) or nasturtium (Tropaeolum) grow and bloom the fastest. To shoot up quickly and produce a rich flowering display, they need plenty of water and regular fertilizer treatments.
Vegetables And Herbs on Your Balcony
If you want to grow fresh organic vegetables, you don’t necessarily need a garden. It is easy to plant vegetables on the balcony and terrace. Cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, and tomatoes have similar requirements in terms of location and care. They like warmth, sunlight as well as water, and they an enormous appetite. However, in order to spread the root system of these plants well, they should not be placed in a balcony box but in a sufficiently large tub.
It is pretty easy to grow herbs in pots on the balcony. You will appreciate it when you can always spice up your food with freshly cut herbs. The “Mediterranean classics” such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, and others such as chives, parsley, cress, and chervil are particularly suitable for growing on the terrace or a small garden. But also, the nasturtium or mint and lemon balm are ideal for planting.