Urban living is often associated with high-rise buildings, a fast-paced life, noise and pollution, stress, and limited yard space. And the only opportunity to get a glimpse of the colors of nature is either at the park — which is often congested — or out of town — which is often impossible. However, this doesn’t mean that you are stuck for life. There is one thing you can do in order to ensure that you can see a beautiful sight right within your limited property: urban landscape design.
Planning is Everything
First things first: having a small yard in the city to implement your landscape design does not mean that you will not achieve the proper design elements. The fact is, whether large or small, the size of the yard will never hinder you from fulfilling the objectives you have set for your urban landscape project. You just have to remember to plan carefully.
Taking time to plan is the key to any successful project. Everything from the design, plants you will use, and materials you will incorporate should be studied. This, however, is not an overwhelming task.
One key element to the success of an urban landscape design is sticking with what is realistic. You cannot place a big fountain, an ambitious pond, or a boulder in the middle of your 100 square-foot yard. This will only overwhelm everything that you have put around your available space. Your limited space should be maximized in such a way that every landscape element you put in blends together harmoniously.
When we say harmoniously, we speak of unity: all the components in the design should go together as one and express consistency and style.
Onward and Upward
Another factor you must consider is the way you build. For a garden of a suburban home, the owner can afford to build outward. But for a limited space of an urban home or apartment, the style of building should be upward. One way of building up is by using raised flower beds. To maximize the space on your terrace you can utilize container gardening.
Play with Color
Playing with color is very important when you want to create the illusion of largeness in your limited garden space. Color gives a different perspective or an effect to the way the garden will appear on the eyes. Cool colors such as greens and blues can actually make the small space look larger. Alberta pine and blue spruce are good examples of plants that can be placed in a small landscape design.
We mentioned earlier that big fountains and ambitious ponds are out. But it does not mean that you can't put a water element in you urban landscape design. If water is really what you want, try to use a birdbath. It may not be as elegant as a pond or a fountain, but it will still be a good focal point in your limited landscape design. After all, a small water element carries a relatively cheaper price tag, not to mention low-cost maintenance.
Rock & Roll
Another landscape design element you should not rule out is rock. A small rock garden that is proportionate to the area of your property will make an attractive focal point to your landscape design.
A small yard will not hinder anyone to make a big change in your property. Take note of the things mentioned above and start your urban landscape design now!