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Herbs and cover for a west facing balcony

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 17:21

Many thanks for the response Buttercupdays, and my apologies for the delayed response, I've been travelling for work.

The flat balcony is on the second floor, not above the treeline and close to other buildings so will be reasonably protected from the wind. The balcony does get some sun but as you would expect more from noon onwards/towards the end of the day.

Thanks for all the other suggestions - Will do!

Herbs and cover for a west facing balcony

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 09:19

Firstly, I'd like to offer my thanks to the Gardeners' World readers and forum users. About 4 years ago I asked for advice on the best cover for a neighbours conservatory wall, and received amazing advice (Jasmine, which worked perfectly) - Thanks again!

This time I'm asking for advice on behalf of my friend - a young woman who has just purchased her first home (a small flat with a west facing balcony). I'd like to help her with some practical elements (including establishing a useful herb garden) and thought I would ask the GW forum for advice:

She has two requirements:

- There is a metal grille (with holes to allow light through) which runs from the floor to the top of her balcony. We think this is a 'design' feature, but it's quite ugly so would like to grow some evergreen cover over it. Ideally, the cover would be ever-green, fairly hardy, not need direct sunlight (west facing location) and able to be established (if not start flourishing) now. If it could also have some flowering elements or pleasant scent, that would be perfect. As always, we can compromise on any of the above , I just thought I'd set out the challenge in full!

- Estabishing a herb garden. I plan to build her a floor/wall standing balcony greenhouse, but would really appreciate some advice on herbs that will thrive in the above conditions? We'd like the herbs most useful for cooking (parsley, mint, sage, basil, bay etc) but again would like to establish the garden this year and make sure we pick herbs that will do well in an English climate.

Any advice gratefully received!

Many thanks in advance GW readers,


Advice on climbers

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 21:37

Many thanks for the responses, I'm looking forward to researching/considering the suggestions - thanks again, really appreciate the time you've all taken to reply

Advice on climbers

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 17:47

Hello, I'd be really grateful for some advice - my neighbour has recently built a conservatory literally on our border, and we now sit on the patio facing his brick wall. 

I plan to erect trellis and would like to plant a climber to obscure the wall. 

The location is extremely sunny (south facing), well shielded from wind but also reasonably large (3m wide x 1.8m high). Ideally I'd like it all - a fast growing, perennial climber with flowers and scent, but realise I'll have to compromise somewhere!

The plant could go in the ground (as long as its roots aren't problematic for buildings) or in pots. I'd really appreciate some expert advice, many thanks in advance,

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