Sunday, July 3, 2016

4th of July Budget Balcony Decor

"Liberty" garden flag
The 4th of July is my favorite holiday and seeing balconies tastefully decorated for Independence Day brings me great enjoyment. The best thing about decorating a balcony is that the area is small and can be personalized and decorated inexpensively. Just a few items can bring patriotic celebration to your outdoor living area.

No matter how you celebrate the 4th, I wish you a happy, safe, and wonderfully independent day.

Nature's Red, White, and Blue Blooms

Healthy plants and flowers are always my favorite decorating idea.  Truly blue flowers are not the easiest to find. However, I have discovered that Wave Petunias come in shades close to blue.  I had not paid attention to Wave Petunias prior to this year but have discovered that they are an amazingly beautiful and hardy choice for a balcony. The continuous blooms on my balcony are a treat this year.

A mixture of these red, white, and blue petunias would be great arranged together in a single hanging basket or together in a large planter. Or each color in a separate small planter but arranged next to each other on a shelf.  Start the plants early enough, and by July 4th, they would be cascading over the rail. Wouldn't that be pretty?

Had I planned ahead, and I will do so next year, a basket of red, white, and blue Wave Petunias would be an excellent way to display red, white & blue.

If you are not able to find wave petunias locally, you use the "store locator" on the Wave Petunia site or you can choose this Wave the Flag pelleted seed assortment from U.S Seal

Easy Wave the Flag mix by US Seal

Small Patriotic Garden Flags 

I have used small garden flags on my balcony for years.  I typically have one planter large enough to hold the small flag stand. I have found that 12 x 18 inch garden flags are a perfect size for a balcony garden.  If high winds are a problem on your balcony, typically not on mine but is occasionally a concern, the garden stake can benefit from additional support. A simple zip tie can be used to attach the garden stake to the railing and provide more than adequate support.

The best thing about small garden flags is that they can be changed with each holiday, season, or your mood.  Garden flags can add such a personal touch to your balcony.

Applique Patriotic Garden Flag

Toland Home Garden Welcome Flag

Outdoor Red, White & Blue Lighting

I love just a bit of lighting on my balcony. I prefer privacy from the neighbors' prying eyes. So I prefer subdued lighting. Over the years, I've used candles or a string of small lights - such as a small string of holiday lights.

Nowadays, lights come in such a variety that they can be holiday or celebration themed.  Strings such as these red, white, and blue stars would look great attached to a balcony rail on the 4th of July.

Patriotic Stars Light String

Solar Powered and Waterproof Chinese Lanterns

My first small garden flag remains my favorite garden flag. Unfortunately, I've taken very few photos of it. This is early summer last year - tomato plants, peppers, a flag, and a gorgeous blue sky. Though small, your balcony is part of your home. Make it yours.


  1. What wonderful ways to decorate your balcony, or even your porch, with patriotic themed decor and flags for the 4th of July. I really love your flag photo of your own balcony. I've always loved the wave petunias and they would make a lovely basket. I have been planting them for over 30 years and have never thought to make a red, white and blue flower basket. What a great idea!

    1. Thank you so much. I saw someone's personal photo of the red, white, and blue Wave petunias... otherwise, I would not have thought of it either. Such a great idea. I'd love to see your yard someday, with all of those petunias.

  2. Looks beautiful Dawn Rae! I love the whole idea of making that balcony an extension of your living space. It looks really comfortable and personal too! Happy 4th of July!

  3. What a lovely way to decorate (with flowers and flags) in red, white and blue for the 4th of July!

  4. I love your picture from last year! Garden flags are so nice to have in a small space, so versatile through the year. My favorite designs, I have to say, are patriotic designs. Your flag is beautiful!

  5. Well, How did I ever miss this post?? What wonderful ideas Dawn, I have a large Deck out back to put these idea to use. Thanks!!