Growing plants and enjoying the presence of greenery in an urban space is about choosing the right plants. Here are some examples, city dwellers!
Living in the city with a smaller space to host vibrant and healthy plant life doesn’t mean you can’t get the most out of greenery in your urban space. Get inspired to grow your own urban garden with these examples of plants that are perfect for city living.
Herbs: excellent in containers
How many times have you found yourself in the midst of meal prep, only to realize your basil has dried up, your rosemary has gone bad, or your chilis have gone missing? Having access to fresh herbs, spices, and peppers can give your foodie cred a real boost.
Since these plants tend to stay small, they’re an excellent option for an urban garden. Choose small containers for your herbs, and place them in a safe, sunny spot on your balcony or in your kitchen window. Be sure to watch closely and harvest the leaves or peppers as soon as they’re ready.
Veggies: perfect for community gardens
If you love cooking with fresh vegetables but can’t get behind supermarket produce prices, consider growing your own tomatoes, green beans, lettuce, and much more. Though you can certainly plant a veggie garden on your patio or balcony, consider a community garden instead.
The additional space that a community garden provides means you can experiment even more with organic growing. If this is your first attempt at growing your own food, don’t stress. Community gardens typically offer growing resources, experienced advice, and neighborly support, making them great places for first timers and gardening pros alike.
Trees and trellises: ideal for balcony gardens
If you want to turn your balcony into a true urban oasis, round up some small trellises or construct your own. You can do this by repurposing old pallets or by connecting bamboo to create a framework. No matter which route you take, trellises make great surfaces for climbing plants like decorative nasturtiums and morning glory as well as edible plants like peas and tomatoes.
For additional height, try planting small trees like Japanese maples or certain varieties of cedars and spruces. Trees like these won’t grow too large, so you don’t have to worry about them taking over your entire balcony.
Hanging Flowers: great for brightening any space
If trees and trellises seem too advanced, consider hanging flowerpots to brighten up your balcony. Hanging pots can also work over patios, in your kitchen windows, or anywhere you’re short on floor space. These flowerpots are incredibly versatile, so you can plant your favorite flowers or choose bright colors to cheer up your space.
Pink and purple petunias, fresh and rustic lavender, charming blue lobelia, neon orange impatiens, and graceful green ferns are some of urban gardeners’ favorite picks for hanging baskets. Since these flowerpots are easy to move, you can always change them with the season or to give them maximum sun.
Greenery in the city
No matter how much space you have to work with, you can create an urban garden in your home in the city. If you’re seeking more space than your tiny home can offer, planting veggies, herbs, or flowers in a community garden is a great way to exercise your green thumb and give back to your neighborhood.