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brisbaneaes unit landscape evolves with smarter green spaces

Written by The ReReport

Matthew Franzmann says the first thing to consider when designing your apartment garden was weather conditions.

When it comes to designing a garden for your apartment balcony, Form Landscape Architects are leaders in the industry having designed for such developments as Sunland’s Grace on Coronation and Billbergia’s Skytower.

Form Landscape Architects designed landscaped spaces at The Yards, Brisbane.

Form Landscape Architect principal Matthew Franzmann said the first thing to consider when designing your garden was weather conditions.
“Balconies in apartment developments are generally elevated and exposed to relatively harsh conditions in the form of direct sun, winds, and sometimes driving rain,” Mr Fanzmann said.
“Every balcony is different, and understanding that will help you select appropriate plant species.”
He said once that was understood, you could select plants to suit.
“In the harsh conditions that are generally experienced on balconies and the limited space that is typically provided, succulents are an excellent low maintenance option,” he said.

Form Landscape Architects designed outdoor spaces at the South City Square development.

“These species could include jade plant, mother-in-law’s tongue, dragon tree and agave species.
“For those balconies on the southern shaded side of a building it’s a great opportunity to have a lush subtropical palette of plants that could include fiddle leaf fig, xanadu, white bird of paradise and grape ivy.”
Mr Franzmann said selecting pots for balcony spaces could be challenging.
“Consideration needs to be given to available space, watering requirements, and the type of plants that will be used,” he said.


“For very tight spaces consider green wall gardens, but keep in mind that these dry out faster than most and require more intensive maintenance and watering.”
Like any garden, he said regular watering was key to its success.
“Balconies rarely have a direct water supply so plants in pots will require hand watering,” he said.

Form Landscape Architects designed outdoor spaces at the South City Square development.

“The regularity of watering is dependent on the plant selection and the size and type of pots selected.
“For example, it is wise to have larger pot sizes made of less porous material as these provide more soil volume and therefore better moisture retention for the plants.
“Self-watering pots can also be used to minimise the regularity of the watering.”


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Finally, Mr Franzmann said the selection of a high-quality potting mix was essential.
“Look for potting mixes that have water retention additives and slow release fertiliser incorporated in the mix.”

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