A TALL OR­DER GAR­DEN

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When it comes to de­sign­ing a gar­den for your apart­ment bal­cony, Form Land­scape Ar­chi­tects are lead­ers in the in­dus­try and have de­signed for de­vel­op­ments such as Sun­land’s

Grace on Coro­na­tion and Bill­ber­gia’s Sky­tower. Form Land­scape Ar­chi­tect prin­ci­pal Matthew Franz­mann said the first thing to con­sider when de­sign­ing your gar­den was weather con­di­tions.

“Bal­conies in apart­ment de­vel­op­ments are gen­er­ally el­e­vated and ex­posed to rel­a­tively harsh con­di­tions in the form of di­rect sun, winds and some­times driv­ing rain,” he said.

“Every bal­cony is dif­fer­ent and un­der­stand­ing that will help you se­lect ap­pro­pri­ate plant species.

“In the harsh con­di­tions that are gen­er­ally ex­pe­ri­enced on bal­conies and the limited space that is typ­i­cally pro­vided, suc­cu­lents are an ex­cel­lent low-main­te­nance op­tion. These species could in­clude jade plant, mother-in­law’s tongue, dragon tree and agave species.

“For those bal­conies on the south­ern shaded side of a build­ing it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to have a lush sub­trop­i­cal pal­ette of plants that could in­clude fid­dle leaf fig, xanadu, white bird of par­adise and grape ivy.”

For very tight spa­ces, he sug­gests green wall gar­dens, but keep in mind that these dry out faster than most and re­quire more in­ten­sive main­te­nance and wa­ter­ing.

Like any gar­den, Mr Franz­mann said reg­u­lar wa­ter­ing was key to its suc­cess.

“Bal­conies rarely have a di­rect water sup­ply so plants in pots will re­quire hand wa­ter­ing,” he said. ”It is wise to have larger pot sizes made of less por­ous ma­te­rial as these pro­vide more soil vol­ume and there­fore bet­ter mois­ture re­ten­tion for the plants.’’

de­signed out­door spa­ces at Mary Lane; The Yards (top right) and South City Square (be­low right).

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