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Balcony garden design Sydney

Do you need more entertainment space or a quiet balcony garden room for relaxation and privacy?

Balcony garden design in Sydney has become more popular with the huge growth in apartment living. This has created a challenge for Sydney and the Eastern Suburbs with less outdoor space available to unwind and relax.

The apartment garden design service combines modern garden styling with expertise in small garden design. Your outdoor area will be designed using the latest space effective balcony design ideas.

Our clients say

Yvonne - Queens Park

"Deb and her team were outstanding. We were blown away by the ingenuity of her creative design transforming our small courtyard to a tropical oasis and zen garden. Deb delivered on time and within budget and was a pleasure to deal with . Her ideas have created a place that we are so happy to enjoy. Highly recommend!"

Maria F - Coogee

"We worked with Deb on our home landscaping project. From the initial consultation to the finish, we found Deb’s knowledge, attention to detail, professionalism and friendly nature made her the perfect choice. We highly recommend Deb, Vogue & Vine for any landscaping projects."

Maria P - Rose Bay

"Deb and Nina were so attentive to our landscaping needs. Deb ignited a spark within me and I felt very passionate and inspired by the final plan. Nina was so helpful in sourcing my outdoor furniture and pots. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough- would give 10 stars if I could!."

Leigh D - Bronte

"I engaged Vogue & Vine to bring my balcony to life. Deb presented various options - all nailed the brief! Her selection of plants perfectly fit the look and feel of the space. The balcony remains the star of the show with a perfectly themed planter box bookended by 2 fabulous vertical gardens. Sensational!."

Sydney balcony designer

Balcony gardens and patios may be small, but they present an opportunity to create unexpected extra living spaces out of small outdoor spaces.
Our design approach blends the relaxed Sydney way of life with our small garden ideas. The result is a modern balcony garden perfect for apartment living.

Compact garden ideas

During your apartment garden consultation, we focus on your small outdoor space to extend your indoor areas.  Your unexpected outdoor room will be created with new lifestyle & entertaining benefits.

Small balcony design

Your small balcony may not have room for lawns & decking, but great impact can be achieved using professional plant choices and styling. This usually includes creative use of furniture, outdoor pots, wall art and other space effective styling elements.

Contact us to arrange a design consultation tailored to your ideas and Sydney balcony size.

Balcony landscape designer

Your small garden project begins with accurate measurements – where every centimetre counts (including vertical spaces).

Balcony garden plants

Your balcony garden plants are hand selected to withstand elevated conditions for outdoor apartment living. New balcony plants are selected to be water & wind tolerant, shade or sun tolerant, depending on the elevation and direction of your balcony.

Outdoor pots for small garden design

Great pot selection is essential for your new apartment garden. The right pot combinations will introduce a sense of drama using larger and fewer pots to save space and maximise greenery.

Styling your small space  – We use furniture, lights, outdoor pots, mirrors, and small extras to help create the final impact.

Sydney landscape design services

Small balconies need compact design ideas.

We bring these small spaces to life with carefully selected outdoor furniture and other elements for modern apartment living.

Designing new commercial gardens involves creative ideas that take into account council regulations, fast approvals and the project budget.

We provide solutions for all commercial landscaping projects.

Our landscape plans are also suitable for DA or CDC developments. These can be lodged with council with your architect plans.

Sydney townhouses & large apartments can have compact outdoor gardens.

We use our space saving ideas to transform them into stunning outdoor multifunction gardens.

Our on-site garden consultation help develop your broad design theme and establishes the foundation for your detailed landscape design plan.

Discover our consultation options here

Vertical gardens & green wall gardens are a perfect solution to introduce greenery into garden areas that are limited in space.

They are perfect for residential balconies and courtyards and can be installed both indoors and outside.

Outdoor pots provide the perfect accent pieces for contemporary Sydney gardens.

With a large choice of pots available, Vogue & Vine have curated our own range that suits both small gardens & larger backyard gardens.

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The are some important tips when designing any compact outdoor garden to maximise space 

  • Measure every single area including wall space
  • Draw up a list of priorities of what you want to pack in bearing in mind the available space. 
  • Utilise vertical spaces with vertical gardens, mirrors or sidetables.
  • Be careful not to oversize tables or furniture.
  • Create privacy screening from neighbours (may need body corporate approval).
  • Incorporate space effective pots and plant styling.

Develop balcony priorities based on the size of the available space. Two fundamental priorities remain constant with all our small garden designs – to flow easily from the indoors plus careful use of perimeter and wall space.

Best balcony gardens

Young families will have different needs to downsizers,  but the best balcony ideas keep all the garden elements minimal and low maintenance

  • Create one or focal point to maintain simplicity. 
  • Ensure plants can cope with wind and sun exposure.
  • Utilise vertical spaces efficiently with vertical gardens or other garden styling ideas like artwork or mirrors.
  • Utilise space effective troughs in light colours.
  • Use small furniture with narrow arms and when in doubt, go smaller than you think.
  • Cover over any outdoor air conditioning or storage areas.
  • Consider all available design services – such as rooftop garden design Sydney.

Our planting plan helps soften balcony spaces with plants that are wind, sun or shade tolerant.

Popular plants include;

  • Herbs – Many people like to use fresh herbs in their cooking including mint, oregano, basil, thyme & chives.
  • Bamboo – We recommend Slender Weaver – especially for privacy.
  • Succulents – Drought and sun tolerant requiring little maintenance.
  • Star Jasmine – Can be trained to grow against your apartment wall. Has a beautiful fragrance when in bloom.
  • Hanging plants from baskets

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We prefer not to introduce too much colour variety in smaller apartment gardens. Our designs generally focus on achieving variety using different textures rather than colour.

Balconies in Sydney can vary greatly in size. For example rooftop and penthouse gardens can be massive. Newer large apartment developments tend to be more compact. 

Key areas that quickly blow a budget include;

  • New flooring or waterproofing.
  • Decking OR Natural stone flooring.
  • Planting established plants.
  • Buying expensive pots.
  • Built in barbeque area or outdoor kitchen.
  • Imported furniture.

Almost all our clients want to achieve their dream outdoor balcony space. During our initial on-site visit, we can very easily provide budget guidelines to help you understand the costs attached and creative ideas to tailor your dreams to your budget.

Balconies are usually limited for space, so bearing this in mind, These are Vogue & Vine’s best plant styling tips.

  • Maximise boundary planting for privacy and space efficiency.
  • Keep plants and pots small and vary the shapes.
  • Minimise the use of different coloured plants. Achieve variety using texture, sizing and shapes.
  • Avoid plants with leaves that are too large (especially for smaller spaces).
  • Vertical gardens are a great space effective solution.
  • Use mirrors to reflect plants and make garden look bigger.