“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.”
Arranging a long balcony can be difficult, as the space between railing and wall is narrow. Setting up the furniture can be problematic, because we have to leave some space to walk freely. There are also some other difficulties, which we will discuss below and give you some tips on balcony arrangement.
Plants should be grown in flower pots which can be hanged on the railing or on the balcony roof – this way we will save the floor space. Furthermore, we can set up some backless benches or boxes just beside the railing and cover them with pillows – this way we gain comfortable, soft sitting space. Another good idea for furniture is a narrow chair and long table. As for the lighting, you can invest in hanging lamps, floor-mounted halogens or small lamps installed on the railing.
Arranging a garden in the Japanese style is in fashion right now. If you want your garden to be fashionable, you should know what rules have to be applied to invoke the Japanese style. You can find the characteristics of such garden below.
Japanese garden has to look as natural as possible, it should resemble something which would could be found in a wild environment, untouched by human hand. Furthermore, it has to be composed harmoniously, every element has its own designated place among others, but there is no place for precision and symmetry. That’s why you should avoid geometrical forms – try simplicity and elegance instead. There should be a lot of green, stone and water. Things which will fit stylistically are: rock fences, rock formations, ponds and water springs. As for the plants, those will be great: magnolia, rhododendron, cherry, acer palmatum, paeonia. It should be noted that, because of the European climate, you have to choose plants which are resistant to lower temperatures. You can also invest in stone sculptures which invoke Japanese culture.
If you use the tips above, yoou can design a great project of a Japanese garden. You don’t have to stick to all the rules, of course. You can modify it to your liking, but all changes have to be within reason.
Gazebos can be either square or polygonal, and have a wall full of the openwork wall glazing or rattan. Often the wall is only half the amount of the gazebo, and the roof support poles or narrow, openwork panels. Constituent slats may be arranged diagonally or at right angles.
The roof lies mostly on a wooden shingle or bitumen. You can also put there thatch, but it requires the use of a stronger support structure. Thatch is in fact impressive and durable, but very heavy.
Pavilions are made almost entirely of wood, which must be impregnated against mildew, fungi and insects.
A special kind of gazebos are made of steel, lacquered bars. They do not have a roof or walls. These are the openwork designs, but can be very strong and sometimes impressively decorated. They are used to fill the vines. Only when they are created, a chance occurs that a beautiful green design is made.
The pavilion, or a covering
Pavilion is a more economical form of gazebos – as it has a roof, but is devoid of the side walls and floor.
The simplest structures are of powder coated steel tubes that support the roof of the impregnated, waterproof fabric. Pavilion of steel is easy moved and manoeuvred to another location, and can be easily stored inside for the winter.
We usually associate gardens with open space, lawn, and flower discounts, trees and shrubs, and yet they are only one of many possibilities. A garden can be any place where we will grow plants – we can put them at home, on the windowsill, on a balcony or terrace.
Conditions on the balcony – sometimes sunny, at times there’s a shadow
When choosing flowers on a balcony or terrace, we cannot be guided only by the appearance of plants and our preferences. First of all, we have to take into account the conditions that prevail on our balcony and the time we can devote to the cultivation of plants. Not all plants feel well in full sun, some like partial shade or heat.
Plants will be less of the sun lovers if they have flourished on a shaded balcony – facing north, and the plants that like shade will get burnt by the intense sun on the balcony of the south. It is worth to choose plants that will flower as long as possible, preferably from spring to autumn. In the garden stores, there is a huge selection of seeds and seedlings, therefore surely everyone will find something for themselves.
What plants can be planted in pots on the balcony?
You can enjoy virtually all of the plants – perennial plants, herbs, flowers, annuals, as well as conifers, evergreen shrubs and vegetables. If we choose a sufficiently large and robust flower pots and window boxes, the plants will be well looked after, thus being healthy and beautiful, remaining in this condition for many years.
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Garden furniture is made from wood, willow, metals, and plastics, combined with a number of different materials.
It is produced from domestic wood – pine and spruce, but also of oak, hornbeam, beech, poplar, alder or black locust (incorrectly called ‘acacia’). More expensive furniture made from more durable exotic wood, would be eucalyptus or teak. Teak is almost as hard as oak, and contains a lot of oily substances and silicic acid, and therefore does not absorb water, it is resistant to chemical compounds (e.g., detergents), and insects. Wooden furniture should be stored in a dry place and once every few years repainted or varnished. Wooden furniture of exotic species does not require these treatments and can be left outside for the winter.
Wicker furniture and rattan
They are combined often with glass, wood or metal. Rattan furniture is best to set the roof or other shady place, because the influence of the sun, they quickly wear out (though not affected by water or frost). In the winter, wicker furniture can be easily moved into the house, but they should not be placed close to sources of heat, because otherwise the cover will eventually become brittle.
Metals are among the most durable and resistant to destruction. In addition, this furniture is cold, therefore it is often covered with cosy cushions, and this also solves the problem of excessive heating in the sun. Metal garden furniture is weather resistant, but nevertheless, all the steel parts shall be protected against moisture – powder coated, oxidized, zinc plated, chrome plated or coated with plastic.
They can be very stable – Therefore check yourself whether the seat can withstand heavy load. Plastic furniture cannot be placed close to a heat source however, – and neither to the terraced fireplace or near a hot grill garden, because high heat can deform. Plastics can discolour with time and lose its lustre, are not susceptible to scratches; however hot dishes, electric heaters and candles (amongst others) may be put on the plastic surface.
Furniture from synthetic materials that imitate natural materials
They are mainly made of the hularo fibre or technoratan materials. They strongly resemble natural materials: wicker, rattan, stone. You can leave them outside for the winter and do not have to maintain anything: just wash them with water and detergents, nothing else!
Rattan and wicker furniture along with other weaved wood items, often guest on our terraces for years. However, it should be no surprise that the unique charm of the wicker furniture and accessories made of rattan, bamboo or cane make them extremely appealing, therefore we always tend to put them in our homes and apartments.
Furniture made from woven rattan or wicker has many advantages. The biggest advantages are low price, high resistance to damage and hundreds of arrangement possibilities. Wicker furniture will prove itself to be fully ecological as well (seen as both rattan and wicker are fully organically and easily renewable materials). A rattan furniture in a Mediterranean and Maritime style, will be presented as a great complement to the classic arrangement, or perhaps being a contrast to the modern style. In addition, you should bear in mind that the undeniably charming light can be scattered from the wicker lamp shade – a beautiful effect during the long autumn and winter evenings!
Natural rattan color fits perfectly with both the neutral meringue, or perhaps white and black – in the latter version looking extremely elegant. Regardless of the style, it is highly recommended to reach for the natural materials – which is why we present items made out of rattan and wicker, thus perfectly matching all interiors.