Apartment Gardens: 8 Dreamy City Gardens

City gardens are a lot more feasible than we realise but living in an apartment in the heart of the city often means compromised space, and little or no outside space and we often overlook the potential of small patios or balconies.

But who could blame us? In Ireland especially, balconies and gardens may only get used on the one week of the year the sun decides to show its face.

But that’s where we’re going wrong – because you don’t necessarily need an endless supply of sunshine to make your outside spaces super comfortable and functional.

Some cosy, waterproof furnishings, pretty lighting and lots and lots of gorgeous greenery can easily make a beautiful, relaxing, chill out space.

Here is a collection of some seriously gorgeous city garden imagery we’ve found to inspire your inner Gardner:


Use interior pieces like rugs and cushions to bring warmth and a soft, ‘residential’ feel to your balcony space.

Gorgeous textiles will be key for creating a warm space, that you’ll want to use all year round.


In lieu of flower beds, use old suitcases, shelving or bespoke pieces like the one above to create your own fabulous floral displays.


Adding texture to a wall is one of our favourite tricks – create a feature wall with dimension and movement.


During the warmer months there is nothing nicer than al fresco dining, so consider investing in an outdoor table and chairs.


Cluster plant pots and trees of varying heights and styles to create a full, colourful corners.


Create your own minature green house with some enclosed shelving – how pretty (and practical)!?


Tiles, tiles, tiles – We are tile crazy, so no space goes untouched! Outside spaces can be utterly transformed with a tiling installation. Be it on floors, walls or even a feature installment, tiling will have serious impact!


Our Ranelagh Residence garden uses a bespoke table made from an unused door on trestle legs (and don’t let the word bespoke fool you – this cost next to nothing to make).

We hope these gorgeous images and ideas will inspire you to get out into your garden, balcony or patio and start enjoying the space.

Have you tried a small garden make over? Or do you want to but have something holding you back? Hit us up with your stories or any questions you may have – we’d love to hear from you.