When you’re living an urban lifestyle, gardening can be a little bit more of a challenge. But for Gold Coast luxury condo owners who have a green thumb, it doesn’t mean you have to forget the idea entirely. Yes, you have to be a little more creative in a smaller space, and there is the Chicago climate to deal with. But with some urban gardening ideas and knowledge, you too can have a fantastic garden on your balcony, terrace, or porch. Here are some ideas!

Get Permission: If you live in a Chicago condo building, make sure you check with your building management or consult the home owners association rules before you head to the nursery.

Keep Space in Mind: Since space is obviously at a premium, select plants labeled “dwarf” or “miniature,” as they will have smaller footprint. Also, remember you can always go up, so choose plants with tall silhouettes. Look for container-friendly columnar apple trees or Baptisia australis with spires of violet blue flowers.

Plan for Your Conditions: Head to a local nursery and speak to an expert who can assist you in choosing plants that will do well in the Chicago climate. Let them know whether your urban garden will have sun blocked by tall buildings, or if the space where you’ll plant has a clear sightline to the sun.

Consider Vegetables: Just because you have a small garden space, don’t forget your veggies! They actually do well in containers and are a great way to eat healthier and add color to your urban garden.

Recognize Challenges: Instead of ignoring things like pollution that’s common in the city, recognize these challenges and opt for plants with shiny leaves that won’t trap dust. Also, if you’re planting on a rooftop or balcony on a high-rise, remember that you’re dealing with a microclimate that will be affected by wind, the radiant heat of concrete, and shade.

There are so many reasons to consider becoming a Gold Coast condo owner. If you would like more information about available Gold Coast real estate, please contact me. Posted by Helaine Cohen on


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