Idea number 1: Gutter stunner
If your home is short on growing space, use the railings! By attaching a length of guttering, you create a narrow planter that’s a bit like a window box for your balcony.
You can use metal, plastic or Colorbond gutter and you will also need two endcaps (one left and one right). Cut a length of gutter about 1-1.5m (anything longer would require bracket supports) and fit the endcaps. Drill a series of drainage holes along the bottom of the gutter – one every 10-15cm is adequate. Drill mounting holes along the back of the gutter, close to the top – one at each end and additional holes every 30cm. Hold the gutter in position and mark mounting points on side of deck railing, then drill pilot holes. Secure the gutter to railing using galvanised screws. Fill with a succulent potting mix and plant up.
Idea number 2: Go on, take centrestage
Tie together a wire wreath form and a plywood craft ring (try craft stores or online suppliers) using either tie-wire or we used paper-covered wire. Secure a circle of small pots to the frame, angling each alternate pot in a different direction. Fill the pots with potting mix, plant with succulents and tuck in artificial moss along the bottom of the wreath to hide the edges. In the centre, position a pillar candle in a glass vase.
Idea number 3: Faulty tower
Hammer a length of steel reinforcing rod into the ground, at least 50cm deep to ensure stability. Thread a series of matching pots over rod, angling them alternately in different directions. Fill pots with succulent potting mix and plant with low succulents in a mix of foliage colours.