Urban gardening ideas: How to grow plants without a garden

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You can transform any outdoor space into a green haven, no matter what you have available. Balconies, courtyards, driveways, paths, walls or just a windowsill, you can use these urban gardening tips to bring some life to your concrete jungle.

Window box wins

Fill your window box with long-flowering plants like pelargoniums for a colourful display that you can see from inside your home. Alternatively, make your box practical and at perfect picking height and use it to grow some herbs.

Chives, rosemary, mint and sage are just some of the herbs you can grow in your window box, and there are all perennials which will give you a continuous harvest right at your fingertips to go straight into your delicious dishes.

Up the walls

Cover bare walls with climbers by choosing self-clinging varieties like ivy or attach wire supports for roses and honeysuckle.

Climbers create shade, privacy, and a sense of immersion in a garden. If you are hoping to achieve a cottage style garden, ‘Madame Alfred Carrière’ is a charming choice.

Go tropical

North facing wall? No problem! Opt for tropical plants like cacti and Sansevieria trifasciata (mother-in-law’s tongue).

They are evergreen and will transform your garden into an exotic space, where you can relax and be transported to a beach.

Create a colour explosion

Create a stunning display of brightly coloured flowers like tulips, sunflowers, hydrangea, peonies, and irises.

It’s not just the flowers that can provide colour, but unique containers and pots that can add a vibrant pop. Stagger them up steps or create height with hanging pots from walls.

Just hanging out

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. By picking flowers with a pleasant aroma, they are perfectly at head height for you to benefit from their fragrance. Sweet alyssum has pure white, fragrant flowers in summer.

Alternatively, use hanging baskets to grow fruit like tomatoes or strawberries in a sunny spot.

Decorate the courtyard

Take inspiration from traditional Mediterranean gardens and create a captivating courtyard.

Grow larger plants in pots on the floor, and use wall planters or hanging pots for smaller, vibrant flowers.

Choose Mediterranean varieties that cope with shade, heat, and low water levels.

Even if you’ve just got a small balcony, a little bistro set might fit perfectly next to a few containers full of bright plants.

Have fun with foliage

It’s not just about the flowers. Create a lush oasis on a balcony or paved area with foliage plants in pots.

Planting evergreens will provide interest and structure all year round and mixing plants with different textures, from architectural strap leaves to fuzzy vegetation will have a great impact.

Structural sensations

Create the illusion of having more space by upcycling props that will add height such as an old pair of wooden ladders or a chest of drawers that can be used as a structure to position plants.

These will act as focal points in your garden as well as being functional.

Bring it in

If you don’t have an outdoor space, bring the outdoors in by introducing houseplants to your home. Succulents and cacti are low maintenance and a great starting point.

Flowering plants like orchids are growing in popularity, adding brilliant flowers to your interior, whilst foliage plants such as Boston ferns will add some green texture to your room and you can even position these in a hanging basket indoors.

With these tips and tricks, you’ll be ready to transform your small urban space into a structural sensation that is full of foliage, flowers and functionality.

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7 comments

  1. I moved to a new place recently and finally have the chance to make a small balcony garden. I already have some beautiful flowers, but I’m planning to add herbs and greens next spring. The idea for growing climbes sounds great. Thanks for this article!

  2. I love this article and the photos – i have 3 tiny garden areas – all with concrete floors – some fabulous ideas here – thanks

  3. Such beautiful photos!! They can really inspire people to start gardening! I have one little garden with some veggies and herbs and one flower garden and I spend every free time taking care of them!

  4. I fall into love with these beautiful flowers. If I had plants like these in my house. Though I have a home garden. But I really like your creative ideas.

    Keep up the good and creative posting, David.
    Thanks

  5. I often get hanging planters on the window box. This way not only makes me save space but also bring beauty to my widow.

  6. Great idea! Especially when you don’t have space in the house for a garden, all you really can do is to improvise and think of other ways you can grow plants around your home. Thanks for the tips! By the way, those are really good photos 🙂

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