With most of us having a limited amount of outdoor space these days, itís no
wonder you donít see many beautiful gardens anymore but it doesnít have to be
that way. You can have a beautiful garden in the smallest of spaces, even on a
patio or deck.
First youíll need the right plants. To be a successful gardener you must choose
the right plant for the right situation. Home unit balconies are often windy, so
anything you plant should be able to stand up to the breezes. The amount of
sunlight is also very important and will influence your type of plant selection.
Decide whether you want flowers, foliage, privacy screening or an edible garden.
Succulents, herbs and shrubs in pots are ideal for a patio or deck.
TIP: Six great plants for full sun are:
- Citrus such as cumquat or Meyer lemon
- Camellia sasanqua
- New Zealand Christmas Bush
- Clipped Ficus hillii or weeping Ficus benjamina
- English or Japanese Box
- Sun loving geraniums.
Then youíll need to decide on some pots. When choosing them make sure you
choose ones with free drainage otherwise your plants will drown. Tuscan pots by
Yates are an excellent alternative to terracotta. The water wonít run over the
sides as quickly because there are plastic. They come in a range of shapes and
sizes are made from tough U.V. resistant plastics.
It is very important what sort of potting mix you use. It needs to be free
draining enough so there arenít root rot problems, but hold enough water so that
plants donít become dry and distressed too quickly. Another great tip to look
for a premium potting mix (red Standards Australia symbol) that has water
storage granules - for continued water retention. With potting mix you ALWAYS
get what you pay for.
It is also very important to use fertilizer because the plants will have limited
soil area from which they gain all the nutrients. The perfect mix for a
fertilizer is one that is a mix of fast and slow release like Yates Thrive
Once-a-Year Feeder. It gives your plants a hit of food when you first apply it
and then saves you time by slowly releasing nutrients to the soil over time
without you doing a thing!
Additional feeding during periods of growth or flowering can be also supplied if
desired by using liquid fertilisers such as Yates Thrive every month from spring
to autumn, just like professional Nurserymen do. This will result in even better
For product or more information pop into youíre nearest hardware store or