Think like a plant. Go on, give it a try. I've found that peering at the urban environment from a plant's perspective seems to make them a lot happier. For example, a Rosemary plant in your kitchen garden outside the back door would see itself as sitting at the base of a cliff, which is fine if said outcrop faced South and caught the heat of the day along with the sun's rays. This is what Rosemarinus officinalis love - a bit of mediterranean heat. If, however, your yard points North, you should be thinking of damp, dense walks through light-dappled forests or natural ferneries mottled with mosses and algae. Your Rosemary would be completely out of place, and would naturally struggle. Same goes for houseplants - they think they're living in a cave. A warm, dry-aired and serendipitously-irrigated cave. Our lighting doesn't do much for plants, so they seek the natural light through the apertures (windows) of the cave walls.
I apply these ideas to the landscaping in my garden designs too - I wouldn't put a whitewashed rendered wall in a shady garden in Glasgow - it just goes green with algae in no time. Best to go for a textured stone or timber that'll grow a patina of mosses, liverworts and ferns all by itself.
With sunlight often at a premium in this country, especially at this time of year, thinking like your plants will reward you with surprising toughness and unfurling beauty through the growing season to come.