My Great Outdoors: Regruve’s Toronto Tropical

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Name: Regruve

Location: Toronto

Type of space: Apartment Balcony

Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: I took this 1960’s Soviet style apartment solely because it has a 5 x 25″ balcony. The winters are long here, so I wanted to recreate a more tropical type space like the ones I see when I visit Miami etc. Despite that, my view of streetcars and Georgian/Gothic buildings say that I’m in Toronto.

How did you create it?:
I chose tropical (looking) plants such as a Chinese fan palm, cannas, New Guinea impatiens, ferns, and fuchsia that will add to that lush feeling. I have a hibiscus standard, which I had to aggressively prune after a nasty white fly infestation took hold from over-wintering, but it should back in a month or so. Everything else should fill in nicely, with the cannas growing 3 feet by July. Still, it has been very cold lately, which slows things down.

Recommended store, site, product or resource?
The table and high chairs are “Eclipse” and the two lower ones are “Mandalay” – all from Canadian Tire. The height of the table set means I don’t have to stare at the railing. The zinc planters are Gluckstein Home from the Bay. The water fall thing is from Home Hardware.

Thanks, Regruve!