Whether your outdoor space is a small patio, rooftop or balcony, small city gardens can be lush and welcoming oasis. Adding a small garden to your outdoor space can not only give it a visual upgrade, but also allow you to grow your own herbs and vegetables, saving you money.
Gardening in Small Spaces
Less is More in a Small Garden
Restraint is the key word in small garden design. Instead of selecting a wide range of plants in a rainbow of hues, pare down the palette. Choose a simple colour scheme and concentrate on a few plants with long periods of bloom and interesting foliage. Although the space may be small - especially on balconies or terraces - you can still make an impression by using big, bold plants. When using planters, place them in groups of three or more rather than interspersing them throughout the area - this way, they'll have more impact.
Use Vertical Spaces
Vertical surfaces offer another dimension to the small space garden and are especially important on balconies and terraces. Fences, screens and trellises clothed in climbing vines not only make the most of vertical spaces, but they provide privacy, block wind and sun and give the garden a lush look. On balconies, climbing vines such as bougainvillea and passionflower can add a wall of tropical colour and heavenly fragrance. When gardening on high, be sure trellises are fastened to railings or walls securely enough to support the weight of mature vines.