A Maintenance-Free Balcony

Outdoor balcony furnitureThere is no such thing as maintenance-free, but you can have a good-looking balcony and not have to worry about maintaining it. If you are living in an apartment for a short time or if you have a black thumb and don’t want to keep plants, there are some things that you can do to have a nice apartment balcony ambience without all the fuss. Here are three maintenance-free balcony ideas. 


Make Your Succulents “Pop” with Blue-Glazed Pots

Succulent container garden southwestSucculent plants are unique-looking plants with lots of character, especially for Southwestern-style gardens. These easy plants do well in hot, dry climates, and they go well with the look of many Southwestern-style buildings that have stucco walls and Spanish Mission-style tiles.


Christmas Container Planting Recipe

Christmas container recipeCreate this festive Christmas container planting for winter using holly, poinsettia, English ivy and some fern fronds to fill in extra spaces. The best holly to use is English holly, especially Ilex aquifolium 'Gold Coast', which is often used around Christmas time and is available with white in the foliage.


5 Steps to Forming Espalier Plant Growth

Espalier tree growthMany plants can be trained to grow as an espalier, which is a plant that has been trained so it grows flat against a wall instead of having a bushy shape. Espalier plants are not only decorative, but they also save space in balcony container gardens.


DIY 3-Tiered Pot Tower

To create a three-tiered pot tower for compact container plant growth, all you need is a few sturdy plant containers. Pot towers look beautiful when made of terra cotta, but because these pot towers can get quite heavy, you may want to use plastic pots that look like terra cotta instead.


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