Leading developer encourages Cambridgeshire residents to brighten up their balconies

Cambridgeshire is full of areas of natural beauty ranging from small villages nestled into undulating hills to the wildlife-rich landscape of the fens, so why not bring the flora and the fauna to your home with a balcony garden.

Annette Hurst, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Eastern Counties, said: “Having a balcony is an asset that is not only aesthetically pleasing, it can also be a great space to get creative with nature and bring the outside in.”

Barratt Homes has shared five top tips for creating a beautiful balcony at Trumpington Meadows:


Know which plants are right for your space

When creating a balcony garden it’s important to tailor planting to the available light and to take into account how exposed your balcony is to the elements.

Pick a colour scheme

Just like in your home, it’s important to pick a few colours and stick to them otherwise your balcony could look overcrowded.

Know your soil

Choose a soil that is correct for the type of plants you want to grow. Use good quality potting soil and add stones or gravel to the bottom of your pots for help with drainage.

Grow your own

Balcony gardens are a great place to try your hand at growing herbs or vegetables. Not only will you be able to use your produce in the kitchen to impress your friends but herbs such as mint and rosemary will make your balcony smell delicious. 

Don’t over water

Give them a good drink when you water them but make sure you water them slowly and thoroughly. Pots made of terracotta will need more watering than plastic pots.

Barratt Homes has a range of contemporary one and two bedroom apartments available offering downsizers and first time buyers the perfect option for taking the first or next step on the property ladder.

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