These 9 Design Tips Will Help You Create A Lush Rooftop Terrace

Rooftop terraces can seem larger and more private with a few smart strategies such as screening nearby buildings, expanding planting, and maximizing outdoor living space. Let’s look at rooftop gardens that can help you make the most of your elevated urban terrace.

  1. Your rooftop can be treated as an outdoor living space. Try to imagine your terrace as a living room.

Although not all decor is appropriate for outside use, outdoor furniture can be made more inviting by adding outdoor lighting and accessories such as a shade structure, umbrella, or shade structure, and a rug.

  1. Plant a green screen. A Roof plant screen will make your rooftop feel more like an oasis than a place to sit. Also, you can plant shrubs and vines to block the view of nearby buildings. The London designer created a wooden lattice fence that supported a confederate jasmine leafy screen. This was used to protect nearby buildings. A citrusy-sweet scent was added to the terrace.

You can even cover a rooftop with a shade sail or pergola. The shade will provide shade, but also privacy from your neighbors’ windows.

  1. Soften. Add softness to any rooftop by placing a few brightly colored, weatherproof pillows on the surface and using outdoor rugs to soften it. This informal arrangement would encourage your friends and family to make the terrace a place for summer fun.
  2. You can create curves. This will help to reduce the feeling of being surrounded by man-made structures. It can also make a rooftop terrace feel like a garden. The designer created curves using multiple techniques on this roof. The custom-made curved bench wraps around an outdoor table to create a comfortable seating area. It also defines the edges of the planting beds. Also, the metal fountain has a loose S curve shape instead of a vertical one. Although not a curve per se, the diagonal decking visually breaks down the boxy space created by the surrounding buildings.
  3. Plants are set up for success. Leafy shrubs, lush vines, swaying greens, and vibrant flowers can transform an urban terrace into an oasis. Plants will thrive on rooftop terraces that have adequate light, soil, and water. You can invest in planters with built-in plants or large containers that don’t dry quickly. A drip irrigation system is ideal.

The best way to get lots of green without taking up too much space is with vines and tall, thin plants like arborvitae and large ornamental grasses, as they provide a lot of green and take up very little space.

Many city terrace gardens have an “urban canyon” light exposure. This means that plants are either under the shade of buildings or directly in the sun. Shade sails that allow light to pass, such as this one partially covering rooftop garden, provide a better growing environment for plants. It also creates a more comfortable shaded spot for people.

  1. You should make sure you have enough space for your top priorities.
  2. You can bring a little wildness to your roof by adding a feeder, water source, and plants that provide food and nest-building materials.
  3. Use the rooftop terrace walls as a support structure for vines and/or backdrop for outdoor wall art.
  4. You can create a night-time atmosphere on your rooftop terrace by adding outdoor lighting to it or hanging a few strands of café lights.