In Lithuania, plants, gardens and hanging flowers grown on balcony railings are extremely popular. I think it stems from the fact that Lithuanians in general are quite nature-oriented and love the outdoors. If you live in the city and you have a balcony, it’s very common to plant some greenery to frame your view and have some nature interaction right when you step out the door.
Here in Rancho Cucamonga California, where we live there are balconies all around. And I was extremely surprised to see that no one had plants growing on their balconies! A few of our neighbours have potted plants they keep outside, but no one had the railings decorated like back home.
When we got our place and knew we have a balcony, both Jonas and I talked about getting some plants potted on the railing to remind us a bit of home. That was my mission over the weekend and I wanted to share my choice and some photos with all of you.
I got the flowers (Kalanchoes) from the local Lowe’s Garden Center and originally had different holders, which I then returned after finding these white ones in IKEA. I’m thinking I may add another one to completely fill out the space, but not 100% sure as we kind of do like the gaps in between, which bring in more light.
At the store I kept thinking whether to get pink, red, orange or yellow flowers… and whether to get them all one color or mix it up. I ended up going with alternating yellow and coral Kalanchoes and absolutely love the final look. I bought some gardening gloves and cactus, palm and citrus potting mix, as the Kalanchoe flowers are part of the succulent family and apparently grow well with this type of soil.
Whilst the sunshine was beaming and I had Grace & Frankie in the background playing on Netflix I planted the 9 flowers and Jonas and I hung them on our balcony on his birthday!
We first thought of having them face outside, like they normally do in Lithuania, but ended up changing it to face us, as we want to enjoy the view ourselves! They are so beautiful and bring such a nice bit of color and nature to our outside area. This little project has also got me reading up on more flowers and plants as I really want to plant a few more to have on the balcony as well as indoors! If you have any suggestions- leave a comment below, I would love to check some options out 🙂