Having a balcony in a San Diego high rise condo building is a luxury that very few enjoy. In downtown San Diego there are some great outdoor spaces offered in the various high rise condominiums available throughout the city.
East Village high rises offer amazing views into Petco Park. The Marina district offers incredible views towards Coronado and the San Diego Bay. The Waterfront district is San Diego’s front row to the bay and as such high rises here offer some of the best bay and city views around.
However, having such a space requires some “high rise living etiquette”. This etiquette not just refers to having your balcony nicely laid out so it does not become a visual burden to your neighbors (yes, many people think of a balcony or patio as a storage space and this can be quite a visual disturbance). Living in a high rise also requires taking some safety measures when setting up your outdoor urban space as high winds could cause some serious safety concerns if your balcony or outdoor space is not laid out properly.
We talked about patio furniture ideas in our previous post – See our post related to patio furniture considerations & ideas when living in a San Diego high rise.
But gardening and patio plants are equally important in creating a true urban oasis that is not just enjoyable but safe for you and your neighbors.
High rise patios can be exposed to harsh winds and wind will dry out your pots faster than normal. It can also knock them over, break them and the broken pieces could easily fly away making it a safety hazard. Wind can also shred the leaves of your plants and break their stems.
Below are some ideas that might help you in setting up a nice and safe outdoor space in your high rise balcony or patio.
- Use mulch in your pots. It will help in preventing the wind from drying out the dirt in the pot. Also pebbles or river rocks will not be blow away with strong winds.
- Use wooden pots as they can easily become secured to the railings by screwing in a hook and tying a short length chain thru the hook and around the railing.
- Have a smaller number of larger planters or pots. Wind will be less likely to carry away or tip over and break larger and thus heavier pots. Plant in heavy pots that resist wind.
The following plants are know for being wind resistant and will grow on sunny or partly shaded balconies.
Agave (Agave attenuata)
Coastal rosemary (Westringia fruticosa)
Cumquat (Citrus japonica)
Indian hawthorn (Raphiolepis indica)
Japanese pittosporum (Pittosporum tobira)
Looking glass plant (Coprosma repens)
Dwarf oleander (Nerium oleander)
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