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Most of us relegate our balconies to the status of extra storage for unwanted household items, from a shelf to store various things that we don’t use any more or a place for a ladder that we don’t want in the way but is too cumbersome to be kept anywhere inside the home. A collection of unused and unwanted things seem to find their way to your balcony!

Most of us relegate our balconies to the status of extra storage for unwanted household items, from a shelf to store various things that we don’t use any moreor a place for a ladder that we don’t want in the way but is too cumbersome to be keptanywhere inside the home. A collection of unused and unwanted things seem to find their way to your balcony! If you manageto resist this temptation however, you will be able to create the perfect outdoor space that you originally wanted your balcony to be. In urban homes and apartments the balcony wall is a greatspace saving area to use as a garden while keeping ground space clear toaccommodate a small table and a few chairs.  

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The colorful  outdoor space at the My Sunny Balcony store

Here are a few ideas for wall accessories fabricated in wrought iron, metal, bamboo glass, wood and terracotta to get you going!

Bamboo Trellis

This design combines a bamboo trellis, a beautifully brightterracotta pot and a delicate creeper, and is a favorite for balconies. Choose the right creeperdepending on the sunlight conditions in your balcony and watch the creeper growand intertwine itself with the bamboo trellis. Within a few months you will have beautiful flowers falling off thetrellis and your balcony will become a favorite space to enjoy by yourself or to hang out with friends!

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Bamboo trellis with a bright terracotta pot 

Up-Cycled Glass Bottles

Up-cycling materials is a sustainable way to add a quirkyelement to your outdoor wall space. Usebeautiful wrought iron brackets to hold self watering pots made fromgreen glass bottles. Not only do you havesome eye catching greenery, but you also don’t have to worry about watering yourplants when you take off for that long overdue weekend break!

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Glass bottles used as self watering pots

Wrought Iron Ledge

Create your own ledge against a wall and use it toadd color and plants to your outdoor space. A simple ledge can be fabricated using wrought iron 'L' brackets and then by mountingcolorfully painted recycled wooden crates as pots on it. Choose the right plants based on sunlightconditions and plant them in the pots after lining the pots with a polythenelining to protect the wood.

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A balcony with multiple ledges created with wrought iron

Wall Mounted Metal Pots

A bunch of wall mounted metal pots arranged in a pattern ofyour linking is another way to create an attractive display on an outdoorwall. Plant seasonal flowering plants in the pots if the sunlight conditionspermit, or use these pots to create your own herb garden!

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Bright metal pots brighten up a white wall

Bamboo Planters

Bamboo, being one of the fastest growing plants, has alwaysbeen a favorite while creating gardening accessories. One such accessory, is the wall mountable wrought iron bamboo planter which allows the naturalhollows in the bamboo to be used as a pot. This is an elegant piece of living wall art that allows you to grow amix of plants in an all natural bamboo pot, all while taking up minimum groundspace. 

Since the idea is to stay natural and organic, use bamboothat is not treated with arsenic or any other harmful chemicals, and in time the weathered bamboo will add a whole new character and charm to your balcony or outdoor space.

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Wall mounted bamboo and wrought iron planter

Wrought Iron Pot Holders

A strip of narrow wall between a door and window is perfect for a versatile two pot holder in wrought iron. This wall accessory has two hoops that can hold pots of your choice anda candle holder at the top to bring a warm glow to the space. When it’s time for Diwali, temporarily setaside the pots and use the hoops to hold traditional thalis decorated withlarge diyas or candles for a cheerfully lit up Diwali!

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Wall mounted wrought iron pot holder

There is so much that can be done with even the smallest ofoutdoor spaces, every surface is an opportunity to decorate with the perfectaccessories and make a home for a few plants, in the process creating a soothingspace for you to enjoy with an early morning cuppa, relax with an after dinneraperitif or even catch your afternoon power nap, take your pick and enjoy your balcony!

Over the years, My Sunny Balcony has developed several wall accessories that allow avid gardeners and 'go green' enthusiasts in urban settings, faced with the absence of gardens, to use outdoor walls as a garden space instead. 


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