Living in a city, one of the hardest things to come by is space. If you've got gardening in mind, you've got to get creative. Your garden can be a tiny plot in a courtyard or front yard, your front stoop, a balcony or even a small space on a roof top. With a sharp eye, survey your potential urban garden space and you might be able to carve out your own little quiet spot. Try putting up a lattice against a bare wall and hanging pots of flowers, small vegetables or herbs. Have an ugly garbage can? Put a stand staggered with plants in front of it. Stoops and stairs are good for pots of flowers or herbs. If you have an unsightly chain link fence, put fence boxes on it with hanging plants to hide it. Purchase a small solar pump and suitable water container, add some lilies and water plants and you will have the soothing sounds of a water garden. Move or consolidate trash cans and other items into a storage container and turn what had been an eyesore into space you can reclaim for yourself.
Try looking at some Japanese gardens. There are beautiful tiny gardens in Tokyo where space is at a premium. These lovely gardens sometimes include tiny water fountains and can be found on apartment balconies. Many times, these areas are points of quiet or areas for meditation. Try to be mindful of the watering and sun needs of the plants you select. There are great books on creating tiny gardens available online or at your local library. Living in a city, we often miss the natural world of plants and green. You can add some tranquility and green to your urban space with a little imagination and elbow grease.