Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

You Can Enjoy the Delights of a Green Oasis ( in the Sky

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

You Can Enjoy the Delights of a Green Oasis ( in the Sky

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With the rise in popularity of inner-city loft living and the conversions of urban brownfield sites into sleek apartments we are rapidly becoming spoiled for choice when it comes to interiors ( but what about the outside?

Surely several floors up in the middle of a smog filled city isn't the ideal location to put our green fingered talents to use ( or is it?

So you don't have a lawn, or a flowerbed, or even a rockery? Don't resign your trowel to your (communal) dustbin just yet. There are so many different ways in which you could create your very own Eden, your personal oasis of calm or just simply a place to grow pretty flowers.

Lack of space should not deter you from creating a garden Percy Thrower would be proud of.

So whether you're the proud owner of a balcony garden or a window box you should make the most of every available space possible.

If you have a balcony then you have the ability to transform it into a useful `extra room' while adding value to your property. Urban gardens are becoming the ultimate accessory to sought-after apartments.

Careful consideration needs to be given to the type of plants you choose for your balcony. Because of the strong winds that tend to whirl around high buildings you will want plants that are hardy and can withstand rather harsh weather conditions.

The first thing you will need to decide on are containers for your plants ( without these your garden wouldn't exist. By choosing a selection of pots you can create a stunning look that will give you flexibility.

Try a mix of materials for your pots. Weathered terracotta pots look fantastic with rich green foliage, while galvanised geometric containers look stylish with grey or silver-leafed plants.

If you think carefully about what species you are going to grow, ideally you can choose a range of plants that will last all year round, with new varieties coming into their own with the change of the seasons. …

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