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You don’t need a garden to grow plants. Got a balcony or a courtyard? A wall, driveway or path? A windowsill? Any outdoor space can be transformed into a green haven. Bring some life to your concrete jungle, no matter how small your space.

Start with a window box

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Choose long-flowering plants like pelargoniums for a colourful display that you can see from inside. If you don’t have a sturdy windowsill, you can get hanging planters.

Fill in the gaps

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Green up your vertical spaces by planting succulents in holes and gaps in the wall. Succulents are great urban plants because they love poor soil and need very little watering.

Grow a climber

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Cover bare walls with climbers. Choose a self-clinging variety like ivy or attach wire supports for roses and honeysuckle. Climbers create shade, privacy and a sense of immersion in a garden.

Go tropical

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North facing wall? No problem! Opt for tropical plants like cacti and mother in law’s tongue. They are evergreen and will remind you of being on holiday.

Create a colour explosion

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Udo Kroener/Shutterstock.com

Grow plants anywhere with container gardening. Here the owner has created a stunning display of brightly coloured flowers. Use plant pot stands to create height without hanging pots from the walls.

Hang pots from every surface

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Olga Vorontcova/Shutterstock.com

Windows, walls, woodwork – you can grow plants from anywhere. Hanging baskets are ideal for urban gardens and will give you a green view from the window.

Decorate the courtyard

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Take inspiration from the traditional Spanish courtyards and suspend pots from the wall. Fill them with small colourful varieties and grow larger plants in pots on the floor. Choose Mediterranean varieties that cope with shade, heat and low water levels.

Use your walls

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Elena Dijour/Shutterstock.com

Leave gaps in the top of walls for plants or add mangers to decorate the stone. Petunias are good plants for this because they trail down the sides as they grow.

Have fun with foliage

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KPG Payless/Shutterstock.com

Create a lush oasis on a balcony or paved area with foliage plants in pots. Mix plants with different textures, from architectural strap leaves to fuzzy vegetation.

Leave a trail

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2nix studio/Shutterstock.com

Decorate walls and balconies with trailing plants that cover the surfaces they grow over. Ivy and petunias create a mass of texture of colour without a garden.


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