So, we rent our townhouse. Everyone else on our block owns theirs and spend a lot of time cultivating their postage stamp gardens. Last summer, ours stuck out like an uncultivated black thumb. I am unwilling to invest in prettier shrubs or perennials for a garden I will leave soon. I travel far too much to cultivate anything that requires more effort than plant and ignore. Back in March, I took shameful advantage of Mom's visit and put her to work helping me weed, plant a few pansies, and mulch our tiny garden. Then it rained a lot in April and May and the pansies exploded.
I am pleased with the results. Our garden is still under-cultivated relative to the neighbors, but it no longer looks so out of place.