Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space

As warm weather approaches, thoughts turn to springtime and flowers. If you are short on outdoor space, patio or container gardens are a great alternative to a large garden. Although they are small, they are hard to miss. There is nothing more lovely than geraniums, nasturtiums, or petunias peeking out from pots and containers of all sizes and colors.

Below are some tips to help make your balcony or patio bloom:

Place plants close to walls to allow them to draw warmth from the building and to protect them from the wind. Doing this will allow your plants to flourish both early and late in the growing season.

Take special care to choose plants that will thrive in the conditions found on your patio or balcony. Some prefer shade and others require full sun.

Place plants close together in pots and plant repeatedly. As plants cease to flower later in the growing season, replace them with others that are just coming into bloom.

In addition to flowers, try ferns, succulents, tropicals, and herbs. These plants grow well in small containers. Even vegetables can be grown in containers. Read seed packets carefully to determine if a specific plant is suitable for container gardening.

Water frequently, as the small size of the containers means that the soil dries out quickly. If your containers are placed on a balcony, take care to keep water draining from the bottom from falling on other balconies or those passing by down below.

Make sure your flowerpots are secure and heavy enough to ensure that there is no danger of them tipping or blowing over in heavy winds.

In autumn, when cold finally sets in, these flower pots should be cleaned out and put away, or filled with cut evergreens as winter decoration.

The staff at your local nursery is a great resource when deciding which plants to use in your container garden. They can recommend plants that will thrive in the conditions you have on your patio or balcony.

Your local County Extension Agency also has information about gardening. It is a great way to find out which plants grow well in your area. You can find them in your phone book or on the Internet.

As you travel around town and through your neighborhood, keep an eye out for plants and flowers that catch your eye. Businesses, other homes, and city parks often have beautiful displays of plants and flowers.

At Villas at Sundance Apartment Homes in New Braunfels, Texas, nothing is more important to us than your health, happiness, and overall well-being. We offer these informative blogs as a way to enhance your lifestyle beyond the scope of physical features and services we provide in our beautiful and welcoming community.

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