Outdoor space may only be available in limited amounts in the city, especially in Vancouver. But with the right expertise, you do not have to refrain from your passion for greenery. On the contrary, it can be quite simple to change your tiny urban space into your own urban garden.
2. Plant Good Stuff
With limited space, it’s a good idea to be selective about what you plant. There’s no point wasting valuable space on plants that don’t serve your goals or aesthetic. Try using plants that last more than one season and include ones that change color over the year like Oakleaf Hydrangeas for example. “The Oakleaf hydrangea is a dramatic, white-blooming shrub with four seasons of interest. […] The Oakleaf gets its name from the shape of its beautiful large leaves. These leaves often turn colors of brilliant red, orange, yellow and burgundy in the fall if planted in a sunny location with a little afternoon shade.” (PLANT ADDICTS)
3. Vertical Gardens
You should consider how much sun each part of the garden, courtyard or balcony gets as smaller spaces typically have limited light, or shade, depending. Positioning your plants to ensure they get most of what they need (sun, shade and shelter) is the best approach for a successful garden area. The majority of plants are satisfied with 4-6 hours of direct sun daily. Salads, for example, do not require a lot of sun, so they will do well in shady spots if that’s all you have. Positioning is the key to having happy plants.