Apartment Tour: Balcony

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 I think my favorite part of our apartment is the large space that is essentially a balcony but is open on one side. You can also call it a porch, of sorts. You’ll see…
The balcony gets a fair amount of direct sun so I’m able to keep our succulents alive and not have to rely on only growing shade plants. At first I didn’t have much in this space because Alex wanted to be in charge of ‘decorating it’ but means he picked out the chairs… Thanks to a flash-deal to Armstrong Garden Center, Alex and I picked up a strawberry pot, soil, and a fair amount of succulents (in addition to a bonsai, which you can kind of see in this post) to start our decorating. 
apartment garden

We quickly moved onto making the hanging basket featured previously, some more pots with succulents and cacti, featured in this post, bought and kind of built and around the time I was writing up the guest post for Katie about turning mugs into planters, I decided to spend some extra cash and build a plant stand! 
To make the tiered plant stand, we used some concrete cinder blocks and inexpensive planks of wood from Home Depot. Very little assembly required for this little project.

gardening in small spaces

The wooden planter near my door with the lattice houses some beautiful star jasmine that I put together for Valentine’s Day this year for Alex. It is currently blooming and smells fantastic as you come up to our door and if we leave the front window open a bit when there is a breeze. All you need for that is some soil+plant+lattice+box+gardening tape.

I’m using the gardening tape to train the plant in a certain way so it fully covers the lattice. It’s to help create a little privacy barrier and it is super relaxing to work on my little plant puzzle.

container garden

You may also recognize the open terrarium container from a 12 Projects in 2012 post. I had to move it outside once we got Rintu in case he decided to start eating the plants. 
Future plans: I would like to work on the succulent basket some more, some of the cuttings I propagated from the mall didn’t take root and got a little sick looking after a big storm. I would also like to use the tutorial from Elise Blaha on rope pots. And I am dying to get a small propane grill to have out there so we can quickly grill some veggies and shrimp this summer instead of hauling everything down to the pool area and using the community grills. 
Other: The outdoor rug was purchased a few years ago at a Crate & Barrel outlet for about $10. We are sitting in two folding chairs from Cost Plus World Market in the top photo. The hedgehogs were purchased at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, and the metal and stone ants are from the Long Beach Flea Market. The neon planters are from IKEA and I decorated the pink one in this how to post
Do you have any outdoor space to call your own?
Do you have any favorite online sellers with fun pots/kits/decor that would fit well into my space?
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