Enjoy living the high life

Big is beautiful: Hardy plants such as Fiddle Leaf Fig, Diachondra Siver Falls, Senecio Serpens and Buxus are great for a balcony. Photo: The Balcony Garden.

Big is beautiful: Hardy plants such as Fiddle Leaf Fig, Diachondra Siver Falls, Senecio Serpens and Buxus are great for a balcony. Photo: The Balcony Garden.

Over the past decade the number of families living in high-rises has more than doubled, an analysis of census data shows.

Sitting pretty: Create a space to sit and enjoy the view on your balcony. Photo: The Balcony Garden.

Sitting pretty: Create a space to sit and enjoy the view on your balcony. Photo: The Balcony Garden.

And experts say this trend will accelerate, meaning more and more families will be living their lives amongst the concrete jungle. 

Twelve years ago, 3 per cent of families lived in an apartment of more than four storeys.

By 2016, this figure had risen to 6 per cent and it had become more common for families to live in high density apartment blocks than low-rise.

For many families, the days of backyard cricket and swinging on the hills hoist are gone. 

They’re replaced by visits to the park and more time spent leaving the home to relax and be entertained.

There are times however, that all you want to do is be at home and find a place of solace and peace while you’re there. 

Although this is made harder with high city living, it’s not an impossibility. 

Josh Harrison is a landscaper and owns The Balcony Garden, a business that specialises in creating tiny pockets of paradise on your balcony. 

He has a few tips on creating the perfect balcony garden:

“Start by choosing some light weight pots and plants that can handle the often harsh conditions presented with inner-city balcony garden design. 

“For some reason inner-city balconies and rooftops always seems to be windier and drier. 

Josh recommends using hardy, water-wise plants on your balcony.

“We recommend plants such as Yuccas, Agaves, Succulents, Native Grasses, Westringia, Raphiolepis or Herbs/Veggies. 

“When it comes to inner-city balcony garden design, it’s best to go over the top with plants as generally the space needs softening.

Natural materials will also help soften the space. You can use hardwood timber or sandstone to create features or provide some interest. 

“A hardwood timber bench seat can really enhance an inner-city balcony garden design by creating a designated seating/lounging area.

“Once you have established which plants and pots to go with, pick some bright coloured furniture to add a splash of colour, such as a yellow chair or a bright coffee table,” said Josh. 

“The colour will be a much needed distraction from the concrete jungle.” 

Balcony gardens are also a great place to grow fruit and veggies. 

You can find tubs especially made to slot over balcony rails. 

A balcony is a wonderful place to create a little pocket of paradise to escape to without having to leave your home.