By Kimberley Fowler – Campbellville, ON

Few things are as therapeutic and relaxing as gardening, but space can sometimes prevent us from enjoying this wonderful hobby. For urbanites living in apartments or high-rise condos, garden space is usually limited or non-existent. At best you might be able to add some flowers to your balcony (if you’re lucky enough to have one). Finding garden space is the first step to growing your own urban garden, and it requires a little bit of imagination and innovation.

Lechuza has the innovation covered. Like most innovative products, Lechuza was born out of necessity. Company owner Horst Brandstätter couldn’t find stylish indoor and outdoor planters that also offered long-term irrigation. So he and his team created Lechuza.

The company’s self-watering planters are a must-have tool for any gardener trying to make the most out of a small space. These beautiful planters come in a range of high-gloss or matte colours (from peacock blue, to lime green, to scarlet red), as well as styles including wicker and woven satin.

The imagination is up to you: grow a lush balcony garden, set aside wall space in your kitchen, install a planter on the outside of your windowsill, or set aside a sunny corner of your apartment for a small urban jungle.


If space is at a premium in your home, then try hanging planters, which add colour and depth without taking up any valuable floor space. Small planters add lush greenery to your kitchen table, and multi-plant planters allow you to mix and match different plants, perfect for a functional herb garden with lots of variety.

Self-watering planters aren’t reserved for urbanites with a green thumb. On the contrary, if you don’t have a green thumb (or travel a lot) then self-watering planters will help you keep your plants alive. No more over or under-watering. With a self-watering planter you can help stop innocent plants from meeting an untimely demise.


Plants add a splash of colour to your home and to your diet. Even if you live in the middle of the city you can grow your own herbs, fresh vegetables, and even fruit, which makes healthy eating easy, fun, and affordable.

The health benefits of plants go far beyond what you can eat. According to house plants:

  • Clean and humidify air, removing CO2 and dust particles
  • Lower your risk of illness
  • Boost your mood

Growing a garden isn’t a right held exclusively by people with expansive backyards and green thumbs. Self-watering planters make it possible to grow your own garden no matter how much (or how little) space and experience you have.