Landscaping In An Urban Environment

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If you live in the middle of the city, you probably don't have a vast yard to plan out extensive landscaping. If you do have a smaller area that you can tend to, your landscaping options might seem slim. With a little creativity you can turn your urban yard into a work of art. Here are four ideas for small space landscaping in an urban environment.

1. Plants that Love Shade

If buildings and fences are tall on all sides of your smaller yard or patio, you might not have hours of sunlight hitting your plants throughout the day. A solution can be opting for plants that love the shade so that you can keep things green even if they aren't in much sun. Lilies, ferns, and bamboo are all great choices to bring to life your yard even in if this primarily in the shade.

2. Use Walls and Fences

If you have limited space when it comes to your landscaping plan, you will have to think outside of the box when it comes to placing plants and yard items. You don't need to just plant on the ground or in planter boxes. Be sure to use your walls and fences as well for vined plants and pots that attach to the walls. Ornamental decorations and even fountains can either be attached to or up against fencing or walled surfaces as well.

3. Incorporate Hanging Plants

If part of your yard space is underneath an overhang or under a stairwell, you can use this space as well. These are the perfect false ceilings to hang plants and planters from. This can bring greenery to all areas in your yard and your garden space will seem larger with plants planted below and also hanging from above.

4. Think Small

While there might be room in your yard for one large bush or a smaller tree, the more delicate and smaller plants you can incorporate will give the illusion that your space is bigger. This can be achieved with moss or smaller ferns to bring greenery to your landscaping but not in a way the completely takes over your yard or patio space.

Getting creative when it comes to small space landscaping can be a challenge, but will be worth it in the end. Getting your smaller yard started out right is important so that your plants can grow into the space, making this look more natural. If you aren't sure where to begin, calling in an urban landscaper for advice and tips to get started is a good idea.

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30 November 2015

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