Urban spaces have become concrete and glass jungles. Whether you are a nature lover or not, every city dweller seeks a soothing, lush garden where one can unwind after a long, tiring day. However, this remains a distant wish since most of the cities are packed with no room whatsoever for a serene garden. This is where building’s terrace comes into picture. A perfect place to create a refreshing, private retreat, rooftop terrace gardens not only bring beauty and serenity but attracts rich wildlife and help in maintaining cooler temperature. With a few design tricks, you can create your own lush rooftop terrace which will help you relax and recharge amid the busy urban hustle. Below are a few design tricks that will help you create a lush rooftop terrace with ease.
Plan the Vegetation – Plan your rooftop terrace garden in a way that it looks lush and leafy and combines vines, shrubs, grasses, colorful flowers, ornamental trees, and more. Make sure that all the greenery is concentrated around the edges of the terrace so that you have a good area in the center for couch, table, chairs, and more.
Add Height – By planting grasses, shrubs, etc., and with the barriers of your terrace, there is a chance that your rooftop garden might lack height. To ensure that the rooftop terrace has height, you can consider adding some ornamental trees such as Palm trees, Bay, or Olive which will add a nice height and tropical vibe to the setting.
Privacy – Invest in screens, planters, and fences and grow vines and shrubs to block views of adjacent buildings and bring some privacy to your rooftop garden. Climbing roses, English Ivy, Star Jasmine are some artificial floor plants that will bring great beauty and utility to your space.
Simple Color Palette – Instead of going full whimsical and plating every colorful flower and plant, restrict the color and planting palette. In tight spaces, this will create more drama and impact.
Raised Beds – If it’s possible, then opt for raised beds – 2 feet deep and wide – adjacent to the walls. Ensure that you use a waterproofing membrane and lay a thick root barrier that will help prevent damage to the roof. Or you can also ensure that they do not touch the surface and roots aren’t able to penetrate.
Clean, architectural lines – Urban rooftop terrace gardens are more likely to be defined by vertical lines, so choose a design that complements it. A neat orderly planting plan, built-in seating, and neutral color scheme will blend in beautifully with the ‘urban architecture’.
Lighting – Your rooftop terrace garden is incomplete without lighting. Not just functional lighting but ornamental lighting or even targeting spotlighting. A well-lit rooftop garden during the evening will not just make it delightful but will make it look larger during dusk.