No matter where you live, it’s possible to create a garden living space. Garden areas in urban spaces are becoming increasingly popular. Most people think that unless you have a large backyard, there’s no point in even trying to have a green space.

However, that’s simply not true! You can create a garden living space absolutely anywhere, even if all you have is a small balcony. Here’s how to create a little outdoor oasis for yourself, even if you live in the middle of downtown.

How to Create a Garden Living Area in Urban Spaces

Garden Living in an Urban Dwelling

Start With Seating

Urban outdoor areas come in a range of different sizes. Some people are lucky enough to have fairly large ones, while others are smaller. However, no matter how much space you have, it’s still possible to create an adorable outdoor area where you can relax and unwind.

The first thing to do is to choose the type of seating you want. Whether it’s just two chairs and a small table, or some type of outdoor couch, or picnic table, add this to the outdoor area first. Once you have something in place, you can work around it.


After seating, depending on how much space you have, try finding a few larger plants. These are great because the taller and larger they are (especially if they have big leaves), the more green space they will create. They can also act as a source of shade. Additionally, larger plants add privacy to your garden living area.

If you have neighbors close by, they can act as a barrier. Tall shrubs are great to use for privacy purposes. Plants such as shrubs can also act as a sound barrier, blocking out external noise and making things quieter.


Garden Living Lighting

Lighting is a very important aspect when creating a cozy and comfortable garden living space. It will really help set the mood, especially for those later summer nights. Find some globe or string lights and weave them around the exterior of the space you have available.

If you have some trees or shrubs you can intertwine the lights between the branches as well. Lanterns are an incredible option too, they provide a beautiful warm glow at night.

Get Creative

Get creative with the space that you have available. Does your outdoor area contain a flat wall? If so, you can create some type of vertical living wall garden here. This is great for people with limited ground space. Hanging planters are a good option too.

Hanging plants

If you are into growing your own food, use any extra space you have available for pots of herbs and vegetables. If not, there are various flowers and other decorative plants you can use.

Find a mini water feature so you can listen to the relaxing sounds of water. You can also install outdoor speakers to truly make it an enjoyable space not just for yourself, but for entertainment purposes as well. What about adding a small fireplace? Just get personal and have fun with it!

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and talent offering design tips.