I have three window box style basket planters that work well sitting on the ledge of my balcony. I’m too lazy to run out and take a photo so I have found one that shows a very similar basket to mine.
Mine are a little longer and since they have spent one or two seasons outdoors, a little less pristine looking.
This year I am going to plant them with a mixture of edible flowers and greens. I am growing them all from seed so that means I will have to wait for them to look good, but it will be another month before I spend any time out on my balcony anyhow.
Here are some of the plants I intend to grow.
I love nasturtiums. Both leaves and flowers are edible but I love them mostly for their joyful burst of colour, their pungent-sweet scent and the lily pad like leaves.
I have grown every variety I have ever seen for sale and it’s difficult to choose a favourite. I am growing ‘Jewel Mix’ this year and I have some left over seeds of “Tall Single’ from last year that I will add for their trailing efect. ‘Jewel Mix’ is s dwarf variety.
And there may be some Empress of India seeds left over too. It’s quite a stunner.
I also like to grow spinach, swiss chard and lettuces with the nasturtiums, and to mix coloured leaves or stems into my containers.
If my balcony were sunnier I would grow calendula, also known as pot marigold. The flowers are edible but I also just find them very pretty and they make great cut flowers. I didn’t have any luck with them last year on my partially shaded balcony.
In my image searches I found this blog posting and had a good chuckle. Just in case you are only skilled at creating beauty and you want to get on the ugly bandwagon, go ahead and check out the helpful hints there.