When you live in the city, you often have to get creative with every square inch of space. If you’re looking for an urban oasis for outdoor entertaining or someplace to grow your own vegetables, don’t forget about your roof. Popular in NYC, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and other metropolitan areas, rooftop gardens offer a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Take a look at the following examples to discover the possibilities for your own rooftop space.
A Manhattan-Style Rooftop GardenSmall-space gardening can present daunting challenges for landscape designers. But thanks to clever fencing, strategically placed plantings, and creative design, this 500-square-foot rooftop garden has become a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Miami Rooftop MagicTowering more than 30 floors above the street, this rooftop overlooks Sailboat Bay and Miami’s cityscape. The owner loved the awe-inspiring vistas, but she also wanted her garden space to feel private and protected, and she wanted greenery all around the border of the terrace.
Italy: Green Terrace Roof GardenWhen Gabriella Mazzola designed a roof garden for her clients atop a modern building in Italy, she understood why they asked for "a green oasis of relaxation.” Her gentle hand with a feel for fine-textured plants creates a remarkable transformation and allows light to penetrate while providing privacy.
My Garden: A Lesson of Beginnings & EndingsFrom a sprawling backyard garden to an urbane rooftop escape visible only to neighboring high rises, Lolita Aaron’s transformation from suburban gardener to urban gardener provides unlikely lessons in renewal and regeneration.
Designing a Luxury Rooftop TerraceDaniel Keeley, designer of two adjacent rooftop terraces that exemplify urban outdoor living at its finest, shares five considerations for homeowners who would like to transform their rooftop into a luxury outdoor living space.
Vegetable Roof GardenA look at the life-cycle of a rooftop vegetable farm for a Canadian restaurant—complete with hydroponic planters, a hoop house—including the harvest of beautiful vegetables.
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Landscaping Roof TerracesWhen it comes to design—as long as your roof can bear the load of furniture, foot traffic, and plantings—the sky’s the limit.
Green RoofsExperimentation and fun transform the aesthetics of green roofs.
Urban Edibles: Rooftop Garden PlantsEven city gardeners are hungry for the taste of homegrown fruits, veggies and herbs. Thankfully anyone can have pick-able produce at their fingertips, even if all they have is a rooftop space.