Here at Champlain Towers we do not each have great lush lawns or large backyards attached to our homes but we are still able to bring colour and life to our balconies with flowers, plants and vegetables.

All you need for a successful balcony garden is to select the items that work best for the side of the building you live on, a little bit of time each week to water and weed and soon you will have a lovely little oasis to sit amongst and enjoy.

The South side of the building is the sunny side. There are many wonderful choices that work well on these balconies.  Here are a few suggestions:
•    Geraniums, petunias, marigolds, chrysanthemums, and roses.
•    Many types of herbs including basil, parsley, rosemary, oregano and thyme
•    Green leafy vegetables also do well. You might consider tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers too.

Just remember that this is the side that needs much more watering and more fertilizer due to the constant sun.

If you live on the North side which is much shadier you can still grow a lovely garden. There are less choices but no less a lovely result with the right plants. Here are some suggestions:
•    Begonias, impatiens, fuchsia, forget me nots and lily of the valley. Ferns, ivy and hosta are also good choices.
•    Herbs don’t do too well on the North side but you can grow mint, parsley and golden oregano amongst others.

And finally two little tips for happy communal living with balcony gardens:

Place your plant boxes on the inside of your balcony so they don’t fall and hurt someone

Please remember not to overwater. You may accidentally shower the neighbour below you who is out enjoying their own balcony garden.

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