Protecting Plants on a Balcony Railing?

Protecting Plants on a Balcony Railing?

Aaron Able
Mar 8, 2010

Q: I have recently decided to plant two large window boxes and place them on my very small back balcony railing. I'd like to put a small outdoor rug down and get a few small chairs and have a little tiny outdoor area to call my own. However, I just realized that since I have neighbors above me, they put out their rugs or other items to dry over their railing and it drips down on mine! Also, the upper overhang, which is sort of dirty due to city pollution, also drips down on the plants when it rains. There is really nowhere else for me to put the plants, since the balcony is about 20" wide (just enough for the chairs). So I'm looking for some ideas for protecting the plants somehow — is this something I need to even worry about?

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Editor: My advice is to start with some sturdier/heartier plants and not worry too much about protecting them — anything placed outdoors is taking the chance of taking a beating from weather, critters or … I've included 10 images and links in the captions for inspiration!

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