Store launch: My Sunny Balcony

When a good old friend Reena Changappa, and Sriram Aruvamudam, Shailesh Deshpande, & Athreya Chidambi started My Sunny Balcony, designing and creating balcony gardens in Bangalore a couple of years ago, little did we figure what colour and joy it would bring back to the city. Numerous balcony gardens, patios, terraces, and yards later, they launch their garden accessories store in Ulsoor, Bangalore.

Here are a few glimpses of the store. It is a sure fire booster, the energetic colours, the soothing water features, earthy terra cotta pots, and of course, so much green! Joy!

bottle pots

colourful pots

The pots and terra cotta planters start at Rs.250.

patio pots

little mosaic gems for garden walls

a tortoise planter for small plants

kettle planter

Kettle planters at Rs.1600.

planter caddy

colourful planters

pretty water features

railing planters

the store patio

The store is located at:

No.12 | Aga Abbas Ali Road | Next to Peaches Salon | Ulsoor | Bangalore 42


Hybiscus, Basavanagudi, for garden accessories

If you like the thought of meditating every morning in front of a beautiful Buddha in your own little garden, this is where you’ll find what it takes. Hybiscus. Hybiscus originally started in Cunningham Road, in the Hatworks Boulevard compound (another fave Bengaluru haunt). Imagine my delight when they started another branch so close to home! This one is in Basavanagudi – and I must say, charming though the hatworks Boulevard set up is – I find this more beautiful :).

HybiscusThe store is set in half of a huge old mansion’s compound – one of those bungalows that were built during the Raj most likely. The setting is perfect for a garden accessories store. It shares the compound with Ambara – a gorgeous store, but more on that in another post. And The Rogue Elephant, a small restaurant al fresco style – also more on that on Scatter the Batter :).

A lovely walkway entrance, flanked by trees and fountains.

hybiscus entryway

This is one of the few garden accessories stores that I have found in Bangalore that stocks everything from gorgeous Buddhas, huge to ickle pots in all the deep hues of a tropical forest, mellow stone fountains and little snails, frogs and penguins to give your garden that serene look.

statues and pots

stone penguins

pots and dry foliage

statue and mini water bodiesThis is where I bought my Buddha statue that sits next to the bamboo water feature in my balcony garden.

wall mounted pots

stone animal pals

statues and pots again

stone pottery and plants

more stone pals

ceramic pots

Oh but the best this.. the hammocks. Sigh! The hammocks invite.. the tinkling fountains lull, and if you don’t watch out, you’re likely to nod off just absorbing the peace and quiet around you.


hammocks2Hybiscus is located opposite Krishna Rao Park in Basavanagudi, on Kanakapura Road (don’t confuse this with the main Kanakapura Road off the Ring Road, this is probably the beginning of that road?) in the same line as New Generation School.


Water features in small gardens

There’s something so serene about water spaces surrounded by lush green. Just looking at pictures of Japanese gardens with their still ponds, ferns and rushes and miniature sculptures takes me back to a time when time itself seemed to slow down to let us savor the beauty of a dawn.

It’s quite a struggle to reach this state of nirvana in cities these days though, with the 4X4 spaces we have to be content with most of the time. I wanted to somehow incorporate some water into my balcony garden and used to crawl the net for ideas.

Then of course, My Sunny Balcony came and did a lovely urli water feature for us. More on that soon! Here are some lovely green and water-rich spaces MSB has created in the homes of people and offices. Their work dots Bangalore and makes it a greener place. And boy, what you can do in small spaces! MSB is a brave, fun and very addictive concern started by dear friend Reena and her 3 associates Athreya, Sriram and Shailesh in Bangalore. if you haven’t checked them out already, do!







msb8I leave you with these lovely images while I go take pics of my balcony garden 🙂