Every year, when the weather starts to turn a bit warmer, I always look forward to transforming our little balcony over looking Manhattan into a lush oasis (creating the illusion that we actually have a bit more space than we actually do).
I've always loved succulents, primarily for the lack of attention the require (i.e. less watering, ideal for those who frequently travel), which I maintain year round. And this year, I created a succulent garden using eight to nine plants in one long planter. In addition, I planted several edible herbs. I have dedicated pots for mint and basil (as I use them most frequently -- think tea and pesto!), and have planted four other herbs together in one big planter. Herbs are great to keep on hand if you have the space to grow them for cooking, making teas, infusing water, or throwing into green smoothies!
Herbs to Consider Growing at Home