5 Big Ideas for Small Urban Gardens
Anyone who’s received a gift in a teeny-tiny box knows that good things come in small packages, but jewelry isn’t the only thing that makes a case for the petite. With condo and city living on the rise, small outdoor spaces are finally getting the attention they deserve. Less square-footage doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style — you just have to be more thoughtful with your decorating.
A small city backyard or condo balcony presents ample opportunity to plant a gorgeous garden — it just requires a bit of creative thinking. The trick? Utilize vertical space, invest in lots of terracotta pots and think outside the box. We’ve got five fabulous ideas to help you transform your small urban garden into a pint-sized and pretty oasis in the city. Bring your dreams of owning a fragrant herb garden or lush outdoor lounge to life with these miniature but mighty ideas.
This tiny santolina topiary is tall and narrow, making it the ideal potted plant for your small city garden. It’ll conserve square footage while covering plenty of vertical space to draw the eyes up and make your yard feel bigger.
Fashion insider turned florist Taylor Tomasi Hill is the founder of TTHBlooms, where she creates gorgeous miniature arrangements for her clients in NYC. Though they’re tiny, her bouquets always make a statement. Her trick? Use bright colours and bold, bright blooms that make a big impact.
If soil space is sparse (or non-existent), potted plants are an urban gardener’s best friend. Fill them with plants and petals in varying heights to create a lush landscape that feels immersed in nature.
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This creative take on a living succulent wall will make a statement no matter how small your space. To make one of your own, purchase a wooden letter planter and fill it with succulents in varying shapes and sizes.
Vertical gardens are a great space-saving solution for small urban areas. Gayla Trail, founder of the popular blog You Grow Girl and author of Grow Great Grub recommends turning a canvas shoe organizer into a vertical garden. “They’re so much nicer looking than those awful, plastic, prefab pocket gardens. The canvas is bound to dry out quickly, so I’d suggest skipping demanding plants like tomatoes and stick with drought-tolerant herbs,” she says.