Increasing numbers of city dwellers are looking for a peaceful respite from the urban sprawl. A rooftop garden is one of the simplest ways to utilize this space and create a private area that feels lush and secluded. Fortunately, you don’t need a landscape professional to design a sanctuary that feels both spacious and cozy.
Rooftop Terrace Design Considerations
Regardless of size, a well-designed rooftop garden can be enjoyed throughout the seasons, providing an excellent spot to host dinner parties, casual get-togethers, and social events. Key considerations to maximize this outdoor living space include– wind and weather conditions, plant types, material choice, irrigation, and maximum load-bearing capacity.
With a little planning and the right design elements, it’s possible to transform a barren rooftop into a lush oasis, perfect for relaxation and entertaining.
Limited Space? Plant Vertically
If your roof terrace is short on space, consider vertical horticulture. Pandemic Design Studio specializes in high-fired rooftop wall planters that combine elements of contemporary sculpture and a living wall. Minimalist in appearance, our planters come in multiple colors and sizes. They are inspired by the node on a tree where the branch grows out of the trunk. Thanks to their organic modular design, you can mix and match to create an urban rooftop garden.
Planting a Modern Rooftop Garden
When choosing plants and shrubs, consider the microclimate, humidity levels, and hours of sunlight per day. Succulents flourish in most conditions, and ornamental grasses are another good– and hardy– fit for rooftop planters. Consider planting herbs, which can also be used to flavor your favorite salads and dishes. Rosemary, sage, lemongrass, and oregano prefer full sun, while parsley, cilantro, and basil require moderate sun and irrigation. Mint is another low-maintenance choice that grows rapidly.
Create Extra Privacy
If your rooftop is open and exposed to your neighbors, consider climbing plants and trellises for added privacy. Morning glory, jasmine, English Ivy, and clematis are among some of the best options available. You can also put taller trees in planters, potted bamboo thickets, and bushy shrubs to conceal adjacent buildings.
Add Comfort to Your Rooftop Garden
Make a roof terrace garden more inviting by adding plenty of comfortable seating. Look for weather-resistant furniture and complement it with patterned pillows and outdoor rugs for a pop of color. You can make the space feel like an extension of your home or create a casual hangout spot for friends and family.
The sky is the limit with a well-designed rooftop garden. If you’re concerned about watering in your elevated oasis, rest assured our ceramic wall planters are compatible with standard drip irrigation systems or simply use a hose to water them. They are crafted to withstand freezing winter weather and are a clever year round way to take advantage of limited rooftop space.
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