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Making the Most of Your Balcony

Independence Place Blog, Cranston, RI  Make the most of your balcony! Fom mosquito repelling plants to fairy gardens, we've got some great ideas to share.

Here at Independence Place we’re happy to provide the amenities that make residents of our apartment community feel at home here in Cranston, RI. Today our focus will be on balconies and how to make the most of the one you have. We have ideas including everything from what plants repel mosquitoes to what furniture may work to add some color and texture.


Container plants that repel mosquitoes are a great addition to your balcony or patio. Some good ones to use are: rosemary, horsemint, marigold, lemon balm, ageratum, citronella, catnip, basil, lemon thyme, verbena, peppermint, geranium, basil, oregano, lemongrass, and lavender. Many of these plants have several other useful properties as well. Use this Plant Encyclopedia from Better Homes and Gardens to learn more details about these plants and how to use them. The section on container plants is particularly useful when you are planning what to add to your patio or balcony space at your Independence Place apartment.


Create a miniature fairy garden to put on your balcony. Gather supplies or purchase a fairy garden kit. Some ideas for containers include a baker’s rack, terra cotta pots, old-fashioned orange crates, an old-fashioned wagon, bird bath, tub, the center of a cinder block, a wicker basket, an old sink, tin tub, half a whiskey barrel, tin bucket, hanging flower baskets, an old wheelbarrow, or fountain. Some resources for miniature items to put in your garden can be found at the Miniature Garden Shoppe,  or Fairy Garden Supplies from Oriental Trading (both online), and don’t forget to check out your local Odenton area craft store too.


Add color and texture to your balcony with furniture and pillows, throws, and decor. Whether you add traditional patio-style furniture or opt for repurposed thrift store finds, adding brightly colored pillows and throws, or even just a simple tablecloth will create a pleasing look to your outdoor space.


Most of all, take time to relax on your patio this summer and enjoy a breath of fresh air while you read a book or savor a cold drink after a long day at work. Please share some of your favorite ways to optimize your balcony in the comments. Thanks for reading today.