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A downtown Toronto, east-facing balcony,
20th floor

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Every summer I start my little balcony project, and this year the flowers are better than ever. The balcony is facing east, that's why I plant Petunias and Geraniums at the edge and hang Impatiens where there is less sunshine. This is a lesson learned from last year, when I planted many Impatiens and was less successful due to too much sun.

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A downtown Toronto shady,
2nd floor balcony

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I’m a Master Gardener in Training with the Toronto Master Gardeners. Here are a few pictures from a project incorporating light (the hanging candles) and sound (wind chimes), as well as some herbs – bronze fennel, parsley, and rosemary. We used ferns, a variety of coleus for interesting foliage, sweet potato vine and Obsidian heuchera for contrast.

Thank you Maureen Hulbert

A Toronto 'Beach' Community, east-facing terrace,
3rd floor

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Our patio garden becomes our oasis away from the summer crowds of the Beach. It is a fabulous place to read, soak up the sun, and entertain.

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A midtown Toronto southwest-facing balcony,
7th floor

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Thank you Krysanne Klassen
Read Krysanne's reflections on her balcony garden under ARTICLES.

A downtown Toronto north-facing balcony.

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Look what can grow in a small and sunless space! Note the mirror to catch the evening sunlight. An exotic passion flower vine grows on a wire strung around the balcony. The gloriosa or glory lily is also a climbing vine grown from a tuber each year. You would never guess that both are super easy to grow!

Thank you Paul Winsor

A north Toronto, south-facing balcony,
10th floor

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From a balcony bonsai artist:

I am 10 floors up, so the air is less humid and the wind is stronger. Some plants I keep wind-sheltered so they get dappled sunlight.

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A downtown, south-facing balcony,
5th floor

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I've been gardening only since about 2005, but I have a few tips to share:

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A downtown, 10th floor, west-facing balcony

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“The first three images reflect my 2007 experience. In spite of moving into the apartment on June 1, I had a nice “show” of blooms and plants by early August. I harvested enough fresh basil to produce over 25 lbs of fresh pesto. I also had a rose bush that did surprisingly well, called “Sea Foam”. I’m planning on framing in my balcony this year (the sun is horrific in the afternoon) but intend to plant more, particularly herbs and perhaps some more of the rare types of begonias. Vinca also does extremely well and I’m very fond of it.”

“The next four shots were taken from June to August 2008. It's been a good season; my passionflower vine has three separate vines each at least 18 feet long. Often I had as many as 10 blooms out at once.”

Thank you Reiner Kjell Hansen

A downtown Toronto, west-facing balcony,
5th floor

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The sun comes on my balcony at about 1:30 p.m. until about 8:30 p.m. At around 6 p.m. my balcony is shadowed by another building for one hour, and then the sunshine returns.

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