Today we’re visiting with Cynthia Strickland. We visited her former garden in St. Louis before, but today she’s showing us her current gardening setup on her balcony in Raleigh, North Carolina. It’s a good reminder that even the smallest of spaces can be made into a garden filled with beautiful plants:
Today I am sharing plants that live on a second-floor balcony, with either a few hours of searing western exposure or mostly dappled shade. These photographs were taken in the past year. My balcony garden goals were to keep the containers lightweight, appreciate each species, and to enjoy creating different combinations of plants while keeping in mind some staging principles.
A wide view of the patio shows inviting chairs, Hosta ‘Guacamole’ (Zones 3–8), and pink begonia (unknown variety). On the table is the hardy plumbago and Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Blue Moon Punch’ (annual).
Close-up of the dwarf sunspot sunflower blooming in June
A dwarf delphinium (Delphinium ‘Magic Fountain Mix’, Zones 3–7) growing in May
Close-up of the blue flowers of the same delphinium blooming in June
Airy white flowers of Astilbe ‘Bridal Veil’ (Zones 4–8) in May
A ‘Blue Pacific’ shore juniper tumbles gracefully out of its pot.
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