Confession time: plants never last long on my balcony or terrace.
In the past few years I’ve moved house a few times (most recently from Sydney to Melbourne) and no matter where I style up my outdoor plants, they usually die within months of planting.
I put this down to one fatal rookie error: excitement over having plants but not understanding which varieties suit my outdoor area.
Thankfully, today’s post will put a stop to this greenery nightmare. I’ve got expert Matt Leacy from Landart Landscapes on deck to share his expert tips.
Matt will explain below which varieties work for sun and shade (and he’ll name some wonderfully low maintenance plants too).
Where to Start with Choosing the Right Plants
“Acknowledge the conditions in which your plants will be living,” Matt says. “Checking the temperature, sun exposure and the force of winds will equip you with the knowledge of what plants to eventually place in your residence.
Many plants need constant sun exposure, where others will curl up and die. This difference in plants is also seen in dry verses moist conditions, or even strong winds verses slight breezes”.
Matt also explains (and I feel this is directed at me!) that ongoing maintenance is key to keeping your greenery thriving.
“The number one thing about plants is that unless they are plastic or are already dead, they will need some amount of care”.
Bonus money saver: “Fill the bottom half of your pot with polystyrene chips. It’ll reduce the weight of your pot and you’ll use less potting mix”.
The Best Plant Varieties for your Outdoor Area
- Any type of Fern
- Bleeding heart
Sun loving plants
Strong, low maintenance plants
- Pink/white/yellow daises
- Poa tussock
- Weeping rosemary
- Weeping Bottlebrush
>>> What’s worked for you in your outdoor area? Drop a comment below and share some tips with me and other readers!
Images in this post come courtesy of IKEA.