Urban gardens are often small, so the plants that you choose need to work hard. Instead of offering fleeting flowers, they need to look good for much of the year, with long-lasting blooms, great foliage and interesting shapes and forms. They might need to be low-maintenance, too.
Discover plants that look good all year.
The look that you choose is up to you, but in a small space, it's best to keep your planting palette quite limited. You might think that you need to fill a small space with compact plants, but in fact, plants with a strong, architectural form will have more impact and could even make the space feel bigger.
Don't forget that walls and fences represent good opportunties to grow climbers - and even cordon and espalier fruit trees. You might want to use plants as screens, too.
In an urban garden you can take advantage of the warmer microclimate and grow a range less hardy plants which should come through the winter unscathed. And don't forget wildlife - think about how you will attract birds, bees and other wildlife to your space.
Here are 12 great plants for urban gardens.