Living in an apartment, unit or a flat doesn’t mean you can’t have a garden to disguise the concrete jungle outside your window. Plants add style to the most uninspiring spaces.
Follow these tips to create a lush setting in your wee space:
Grow something delicious
- Grow something delicious that will add interest and brighten up your salads, grazing platters and cocktails. If you don't know what to plant, try Italian herbs or Asian leafy greens for a starter, or our apartment and courtyard mix is always a winner!
- Use lightweight pots or a macrocarpa mini box to create a transportable green oasis on a balcony, rooftop or patio. A kitchen herb planter can also look amazing inside. (Remember they will need regular food and water to thrive.)
- Large pots look best and make plant care easier. Alternatively, a collection of smaller pots on an upcycled shabby-chic sideboard can look fabulous and add extra storage.
- Potted plants can be thirsty. It is better to give them a deep watering twice a week, rather than lots of light sprinkles. Self-watering pots are great for apartments.
The sky is the limit
- A balcony or courtyard is the perfect place for vertical gardening. Create a lush green wall using stackable planters or upcycled pallets.
- Espaliered fruit trees can create a stylish European atmosphere. Lemons, figs, Chinese quince, apple and pears espalier well.
- Hanging baskets are a great space saver and are perfect for herbs, edible flowers and cherry tomatoes.
- Train vines over pergolas or garden balustrades.
Garden for the conditions
- If your space soaks up a lot of sun, choose sun-lovers like potted citrus, lavender and rosemary. If yours is a shady spot, try parsley, mint, mizuna, rocket, nasturtium or sweet violets.