Eensy Teensy Landscaping
Just because you may live in a tightly spaced neighborhood [or apartment], you shouldn't surrender to the surrounding concrete and think that you can't also have a bit of your own earth to till. As Voltaire said in Candide, "we must cultivate our garden." These photos showcase how landscaping can be enjoyed in any kind of dwelling.
This is identical to most of the spaces surrounding the homes where I live, in Palo Alto. The homes in the quaint walk-able downtown sit close together, but the streets are lined with lush greenery and gardening. The dwellers know how to make the most of every space, like the shrubbery et cetera that fills every space around this driveway and sidewalk.
The beaten path. If the only truly green space you can create is around your sidewalk or driveway: make the most of it. These stones were simply shifted left and right when positioned, but effect goes a long (and nonintrusive) way.
When full-blown gardening isn't possible, due to spacing or the fact that you may or may not admit to killing everything you actually plant, a garden like this works great. The plants in this modest outdoor space are of a hearty variety--and many of them are actual pots positioned here and there. The stone adds so much visual interest here.
Much like a cake stand adding varied height to a festive cheese and wine spread, a table outdoors adds height and immediately offers more room and dimension for flora. Even the smallest table on an apartment patio can achieve this look.
Another table used well. If you only have room for a back breakfasting area, utilize the table for topiaries and other heights of green things. When company comes to call, you could easily move these pots to another location--even lined along the patio--for easier visibility while dining.
Sometimes even a single well-chosen and perfectly-positioned plant can add life to an area and give much pleasure by caring for it, in the process.
Another photo where the careful addition of one potted plant makes the space. Of course, this pot is luckily surrounded by other nice greenery, but this pot turns this area into art.
Who says the garden need be plants and flowers?