5 Tips to Transform Your Balcony Into a Relaxing Retreat

When you live, work and play in the city, it can be important to have a calming space to get away from the daily grind of urban life. So, if you’re lucky enough to have a small outside area like a balcony, then you’ll want to do everything you can to spruce it up and transform it into a relaxing retreat.

City gardens are often notoriously small, so when designing your balcony area, you’ll need to find creative ways to use your space efficiently. Thanks to Wyevale Garden Centres, in this article we can share with you five ways to make the most of your balcony, including tips on plants, garden furniture, and creating a private space.

Add colour with containers and pots

In an urban landscape, brightly coloured plants and greenery can be few and far between. So, one of the first things you’ll want to consider is planting an array of flowers and plants that will bring a pop of colour to your space.

If you’re new to gardening, and want some quick, easy colour for the spring and summer, then you could pick up some ready-planted containers from your local garden centre. You’ll want to try to maintain a consistent colour scheme, so limit yourself to choosing plants in one or two complimentary shades. This will stop your balcony from looking overly busy or disorganised.

Attract wildlife

The sound of birdsong can make a city garden feel much more tranquil, so it’s well worth adding a few features to your garden to make it more inviting to birds. While attracting wildlife to city gardens and balconies can be tricky, it’s by no means impossible, so do your best to make your balcony a haven for our feathered friends. Something as simple as a wall mounted bird feeder with some seed can make a big difference, while those with a larger outdoor area could even add a small birdhouse or bath. Make sure to check with your agent or landlord first of all if you have permission to attach something to the wall! For more tips on inviting birds into your city garden, check out these ideas from Balcony Garden Web.

Save space with compact, portable furniture

Whether it’s a cup of tea with breakfast, or a glass of wine in the evening, your balcony will be a valuable space for dining, socialising and relaxing during the summer months. So, you’ll want to create a comfortable seating area where you can get away from it all.

Compact furniture sets that can be folded up will work best for smaller balconies and gardens, especially if you’ll need to move your furniture around when entertaining. Many city balconies will have a maximum weight limit, so be sure to check this is before choosing your furniture.

Create privacy

City balconies are often overlooked by neighbouring flats and houses, so you’ll want to build some privacy into your garden, to help you feel fully relaxed and at peace. Adding bamboo or rattan screens to fences and railings is an easy fix that will help to create a more private area for relaxing and socialising. These screens from UK Bamboo Supplies are available in a range of different sizing options, so you can find one to fit your space.

Those with larger balconies or roof terraces might even want to consider adding pagoda or arbour, and growing trailing plants like ivy or honeysuckle along it. This will provide a shady, leafy spot to sit in during sunny weather, and will add an extra layer of privacy if your garden is overshadowed by taller buildings. 

Make use of every available space

If you have limited floor space for containers on your balcony, then consider adding flowerboxes to a railing or fencing. If you have some unused wall space in your garden, then you could consider growing a few climbing varieties up wall-mounted trellis, like jasmine or passion flower. These will look especially lovely growing around a door or window.

Spending time outdoors is a great mood-booster, so if you’re lucky enough to have a balcony or roof terrace, then you’ll want to do everything you can to make the space more inviting.

If you are looking to move to your next home with a balcony or roof terrace, why not see if we can help. Take these five tips on board, and you’ll soon have a wonderful garden where you can escape the stresses of city life.