Gardening in the city: good for morale

​You've just had your fill of nature during the vacations... and you're already missing it! But even in the city, surrounded by concrete, you can make nature part of your daily routine. Gardening in the city is possible, and above all ... it's good for your morale!

The urban gardener's rule of three

​Beyond the beauty of plants and flowers, the benefits of gardening in the city are numerous. Taking care of your own little patch of greenery allows you to recharge your batteries, forget stress and negative emotions, in a soothing environment.

​For Garden ID, this can be summed up in 3 adjectives: Easy . Happy . Green. It's become our philosophy!


​Even if you don't have a green thumb, if you don't have much time to devote to your garden, terrace or balcony, or if you know nothing about plants and flowers ... you can create a green space that's easy to live with. But there's no question of doing just anything, just anyhow. A minimum of preparation is required to avoid wasting your time or mistreating your plantings. Define your budget, draw up a sketch of your dream green space, then ask the specialists for advice and tips.


​One thing's for sure: your green oasis should make you happy. Man needs nature; it's in his genes. But nature is like the Little Prince's fox... you have to take the time to tame it. Watch your aromatic herbs grow, observe the growth of your flowering plants, admire their slow transformation over the seasons. You don't have to be an expert to open your eyes... And it feels so good after a stressful day to take a few minutes out and reconnect with the earth.


​Welcoming nature into the home, especially in the city, means pushing back the gray of buildings and streets. It means greening inert urban spaces. It means assaulting walls with flowering climbers, hanging baskets and green plants. It means choosing appropriate, low-maintenance plants for maximum enjoyment. Gardening in the city means turning towards the earth that nourishes us. It's also a way of making a commitment to the environment. It's a way of recreating islands of freshness in the city, of promoting products and ecological approaches.

​Reconnecting with the land in the city

​Whatever the layout of your home, nature has its place.

Jardin de ville: a wild charm

​Just because your garden looks like a pocket handkerchief doesn't mean you should lose interest in it or turn it into a desert or storage room. And even if the walls of neighboring buildings cast a shadow, there are plenty of plants that thrive in semi-shade.

And if space is really tight, take advantage of verticality and play with perspective to create a sense of space.

Potted garden on terrace

Many plants are perfectly suited to growing in pots. Their resistance is quite remarkable. Ask your garden center for advice. Almost all plants and many shrubs can be grown in pots, provided they are given a suitable container.

​Tip: adapt pot height to the plant's root requirements (some plants need tall, wide pots to thrive).

Micro garden on balcony

​Whatever the size of your balcony, it's perfectly possible to create a green space and a relaxation area where you can unwind at the end of the day and at weekends.

There's no need to spend huge sums every year. You can plant hardy perennials that will bloom again every year.

Flowering windowsills

Even without a terrace or balcony, it's possible to create a micro flower garden or place pretty planters of aromatic plants on your windowsills.

Tips for gardening in the city

  • Consider the orientation of your green space. North or shaded all day? Full south or full sun? You'll choose your plantings according to these essential parameters.
  • Exposure to rain and wind. Take into account the climate and exposure of your green corner. Draughts will dry out your plants, and rain may never reach certain walls. You'll need to take this into account when watering and, if necessary, install windbreaks.
  • Adapt the volume and depth of pots. Aesthetics should not make you forget the practical aspects: sufficient substrate to allow the plant to develop. Pots with holes to let excess rain or watering through.
  • Think about pollution. Avoid planting vegetables or herbs on a balcony overlooking a busy street. In this case, opt for flowering plants or attractive decorative foliage.

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