A balcony garden is a simple and beautiful way to add some colour and life to your balcony. There is nothing quite like the act of planting something, nurturing it properly, and watching it grow. If you weren’t born with a green thumb, Greenrock wants to help you green up your balcony this summer.
They’re are several options when it comes to balcony gardens. First, you should determine what your light conditions are. This will determine the type of plants that will thrive in that environment. There is no point in purchasing new plants, only to watch them struggle to survive.
The Sunny Side
If your balcony gets a lot of sunshine, you will want to choose sun-loving plants, such as Geraniums. If you hang plants in baskets, they will dry out faster. Make sure to water them regularly and check on them daily. Lots of full sun plants are also naturally drought resistant, making them perfect for potted environments and busy lifestyles. Rosemary is a good choice for a fragrant, low maintenance herb that can also enhance the flavour of your cooking. With any balcony garden, you will have to ensure proper drainage to avoid damaging the plants, or your rental property.
The Shady Side
If your balcony is on the shadier side, without much direct sunlight, you still have many beautiful options for a balcony garden. Fuchsia flowers are lovely, colourful, and exotic flowers that don’t like too much sun. They will do best in hanging baskets or balcony boxes. Look for hanging basket brackets that do not require any drilling or permanent fixtures. Some other great options are Begonias, Violets and Double Impatiens. If those aren’t to your taste, there are many more!
Once you’ve determined your light conditions (or if you need some help determining that) it’s time to head to a local garden centre to purchase your plants, soil, and supplies. And get some advice on how to proceed. You’ve got a few great neighbourhood resources nearby.
Bob’s Garden Centre
Bob’s Garden Centre (959 Mt Pleasant Road) is a family run business that has been serving the community since 1976. This small, corner-store-style shop is open Monday to Saturday, from 9:30am to 7pm, and Sundays from 9:30am until 6pm. You can count on the folks at Bob’s for fast, friendly service, and helpful advice. From plant selection, care advice and optimal arrangement for your light conditions, let Bob’s help make your living balcony come to life for a reasonable price.
Sheridan Nurseries (2827 Yonge Street) is your source for the largest selection of plants in the area. There prices may be on the higher end, but so is their service and selection. Plant warranties are honoured. Many plants can be returned within 90 days of purchase, and they offer a complimentary Personal Shopping Service. That means their knowledgeable personal shoppers will help you create your personal horticultural masterpiece, offering the best options to suit your light conditions and lifestyle. You can rely on their custom design services to help you select the best plants, planters, containers and hanging baskets.
They’re open year round, 7 days a week (with the exception of Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Family Day). Their summer/fall hours are Monday to Wednesday, 9am to 6pm, Thursday and Friday, 9am to 8pm, Saturdays from 9am to 6pm, and Sundays 9am to 5pm.
Davenport Garden Centre
Davenport Garden Centre (1466 Bayview Avenue), at the corner of Davisville and Bayview, is only steps away from home, at Davisville Village. This independently owned, seasonal garden centre is open from April until December 24th. There are 3 locations in Toronto. Their Bayview location is open daily from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 7pm, and weekends from 9am until 6pm. Davenport Garden Centres specializes in providing plants that thrive in Toronto gardens, including condominium and apartment containers. They are advocates of organic and sustainable gardening. They purchase from growers and suppliers that apply these principles whenever possible.
Whether you’re looking for hanging baskets, balcony boxes, or potted plants suitable for sun or shade, they’ve got what you need. Their location at 368 Davenport Road offers in-store design services from Monday to Friday. An appointment is recommended for this service.
Ready to get growing?
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