You don't have a terrace. So what ? Overflowing with creativity to transform your window sill, this is the cool status to adopt to experience a feeling of nature, even if you live in a studio in an urban environment ...
It remains to choose the right flowers or plants, water at the right frequency, respect the seasons ... Urban jungle, mini vegetable garden, in pots or in suspension: Benjamin Nowak, product manager at Jardiland , gave us his advice for good planting its balcony . Fashion planter activated!
In less is more mode
For who ? The lazy and those who don't have a green thumb.
Notice to beginners! True survivors, dipladenia and agaves are all good this season. Minimum union maintenance for a wow and ultra flowery effect. Easy to handle, just plant them in a pot withuniversal potting soil and place them in the shade.
The added bonus: “ They are resistant to lack of water. Ideal for those with their heads in the air, it can save! ”
Virgin forest effect
For who ? Jungle effect lovers.
We don't think about it enough, but bamboo appears as the best ally, especially in spring. “Seasonality requires, we adopt plants resistant to the little cold of March such as bamboo , perfect planted in pots and for a graphic, decorative and luxuriant result ” , explains Benjamin.
The added bonus: an awesome virgin forest spirit to dress up a window sill and hide from amateur neighbors.
For who ? The 5-star Parisiennes.
This is the big comeback of geranium , the star flower that can be found on all the balconies of the ultra-chic Plaza Athénée . We skip the somewhat outdated side of this flower thanks to much more trendy varieties such as the “ pretty little ” all pink.
The extra tip “ We assume the mix and match with diamond frost spurge for a window sill in tune with the times. Result: a decorative foliage effect guaranteed to create the small garden of your dreams. ”Explains Benjamin.
Baby vegetable garden version
For who ? Foodies
Joy of DIY in the kitchen. When it comes to aromatic herbs , there's plenty to have fun! To be used in a salad or as an infusion , mint , spring onion or even basil will help you ensure freshness on the plate and while decorating your window sill. Nothing could be simpler: buy a plan from the florist or garden center and plant it with special vegetable soil in terracotta or stoneware pots separated from each other. Thinking of watering twice a week.
The extra tip: “Once planted, classic little herbs like thyme and rosemary can be used all year round! Ideal for pimping your Sunday chicken. On the other hand, we avoid going into coriander , which is certainly more exotic but which cannot resist in spring because it is much too cold. ”
Good to know
Benjamin Nowak's 5 practical tips to get started and make your little neighbors blush:
Choose your plants according to the exposure of your window: in full sun, opt for lavender.
Favor space and a ventilated support on your balcony or window edge so as not to suffocate your flowers.
Patience is a virtue ! Waiting for the right season to plant is to ensure better results.
For spring, the end of March is the ideal period.
Watering in a balanced way is essential for a quality result and plants in good shape for longer. Do not arm yourself to the teeth! A glove, a pellet, the right soil , a terracotta container ( no plastic please ) and the magic happens.
To go further: the book Le potager en pot by Bertrand Dumont, perfect for balconies and terraces . Silence it grows !