Having a small, urban garden doesn’t mean you can’t have some greenery. These six simple tips will allow you to brighten up your urban garden with foliage, and design items, no matter its size.

1. DIY Planters

An easy and cost-effective way to add color to a small space is by making your own planter. These are great for decorating tiny patios, backyards, or balconies. You have control over the size and how many you want to create, and you’ll save tons by making your own.

Annuals like geraniums, petunias, and impatiens tend to be the cheapest option for color in the summer months, but they typically only last one season. Most garden centers will sell these flowers for a few dollars and start to discount them halfway through the summer. Feel free to swap petals for herbs or try companion planting by mixing different species together that help each other flourish such as basil and tomatoes. Fill your container with potting mix(not regular soil) and form a crater in the middle, deep enough so plant roots can establish. Arrange the plants the way you like and simply fill in around them with the potting mix. Make sure to water right away.

2. Tiny Herb Gardens

You can find small herbs for a few bucks a piece or try starting them from seeds to save money (although they take 2-3 weeks to sprout). You can pop them into just about any size container and have fun DIY-ing your own. Soup cans with tiny holes at the bottom for drainage make inexpensive and trendy looking herb containers. If you have old cinder blocks or bricks lying around you can repurpose them by geometrically stacking or placing them together in a group to make your own cute little mini-herb garden. Fill the space in between the brick or cement with dirt and drop the herbs inside. These plants enjoy lots of sun and will need to be well-watered but can be brought back inside during cooler seasons for year-long enjoyment.

3. Succulents

Succulents are unique-looking plants perfect for areas that get lots of sun. They don’t need to be watered daily. They would rather get a big drink and then be left alone to dry out. This makes them ideal for apartment balconies or second-story patios where you don’t have access to water sources. They need well-drained soil and prefer living in containers filled with rocks or gravel which can be a part of their design appeal. Hens and chicks are a variety that will happily live on top of rocks and spread themselves out as a ground cover.

Burro’s tail or other members of the stonecrop family have interesting shapes and contours that can be potted or added to planters to give them character. Aloe, mini cacti, and jade plants offer a distinct contrast to flowers. Succulents are not only low-maintenance, but they can also be an economical and chic way to adorn urban outdoor areas.

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