Window boxes can help you create your own little floral paradise on your balcony or terrace: along with colourful plants, it’s also important to choose the right window boxes to finish off the look. With everything from classic, modern and playful styles to round or angular shapes, the EMSA garden range is sure to leave you spoilt for choice!
Planting window boxes: it sounds pretty easy. But as a balcony gardener, what things do you need to consider when it comes to creating your own mini garden paradise on your balcony?
A good time to start planting your window boxes is generally from May onwards, at least by the 16th of the month – the frosty nights will be over by then so the risk of frost forming during the night will no longer be a threat. Starting any earlier could damage plants that are sensitive to the cold.
Most people use plastic window boxes for small balcony gardens. The benefits of good-quality plastic window boxes are as follows:
The window boxes should also have openings in the base to let excess water out and prevent the flowers from being over-watered.
Is your balcony in the shade, or is it sunny and hot? There are all sorts of different plants you can use depending on the conditions and lighting on your balcony. Some examples of the types of plants suitable for balconies in shadier locations include boxwood, chrysanthemums, ivy, fuchsias or primroses. Geraniums, petunias, dahlias, herbs and fruit thrive in sunlight.
Once your plants have been carefully placed in the window box on your balcony, it is extremely important to remember to water them properly. Unlike plants in flowerbeds, the water supply for plants in window boxes is limited so they need to be watered regularly, particularly in the summer.
Watering systems such as AQUA COMFORT, AQUA PLUS and EASY DRAIN can come in handy here to make sure your plants always have the water they need. You will need to take good care of your balcony plants if you want to ensure lasting enjoyment from them. Not only do plants need to be watered – they may also have to be cut or treated in order to protect them against pests.
Vibrant flowers can transform a balcony into a blossoming sea of colours in spring and summer and bring joy to those who own it. But what happens to the boxes when the bloom of summer has faded and the last of the leaves have fallen? What can you do to decorate your balcony in autumn and winter?
While some people with balconies dismantle their balcony boxes and put them in the cellar, others get creative and decorate them to make their balcony look lovely all year round, even during the darker months of the year.
Decorations for your balcony box: for example, small pumpkins make the perfect decoration for Halloween in autumn. Chestnuts, colourful foliage, rosehips and anything else you can find in nature provide a vibrant dash of colour when the weather is dull. Autumn plants such as heathers, chrysanthemum and grasses of different kinds can also bring a touch of variety to your autumnal balcony.
Decorate your balcony box with fir tree branches, baubles, little figurines or hardy winter plants – at Christmas time, there are all sort of possibilities for decorating balcony boxes and creativity knows no bounds. Fairy lights look wonderful when the first snow falls and create a cosy glow when you look out of your window.
Many tenants in rented homes use their balcony as a sort of mini garden – for the majority of plant lovers, a balcony without window boxes would be unthinkable. Tenants do actually have the right to decorate their balconies with pots, planters and window boxes – doing so is part and parcel of the normal use of a rented flat. There are, however, certain rules that must be taken into account.
Because landlords are required to ensure that no risk is posed to traffic in the space in front of the rented property, they may refuse their tenants permission to hang balcony boxes on the outside of their balcony balustrades. When vehicles are parked below the balcony, cars and people must not be at any risk due to poorly mounted or falling balcony boxes. This risk arises when attaching or removing the boxes, as well as in strong winds and during maintenance work, so landlords may prohibit their tenants from hanging window boxes on the outside of their balconies.
But as long as you have attached your window boxes to the railings properly and securely and there is no risk to passers-by, and provided that you have talked it over with your landlord, there is nothing to stand in the way of a beautiful display of flowers on your balcony.