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May 27, 2017

How to create the perfect rooftop garden

Create the perfect Rooftop Garden

Not all of us are fortunate enough to have a lovely garden to love and nurture but that doesn’t mean that you should miss out just because you live in a smaller space, or in a populated city or urban area!

In recent years, roof top gardens have continued to increase in popularity, especially as many inner city areas are becoming denser and denser, meaning there is very little room or movement for creating an inviting landscaped garden.

The good news is – you don’t need to miss out. The emergence of rooftop gardens now mean that you can put your green fingers to good use, even if you live in the city or a densely populated urban area – hooray!

Rooftop gardens are perfect for creating an inviting, welcoming and unique area to relax, entertain and simply watch your garden grow in truly unique surroundings. Of course, there’s always the added bonus that many rooftop gardens come complete with stunning views.

But how can you make the most of your roof top garden? We’ve created helpful guide outlining how you can create your very own low maintenance rooftop garden that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also easy to maintain.

Creating the perfect rooftop space

One of the main advantages of a rooftop garden is that there is a lot of scope when it comes to creating a space that reflects your needs, personality and individual taste.

From integrating a variety of different textures, colours and focal points to using pots and hanging baskets to create striking areas of interest, there are a whole host of ways that you can keep your rooftop garden looking vibrant and attractive! You can even plant different plants at different times of the year to ensure that your outdoor hub always looks its very best.

Choosing your plants – are there special plants that I should use for rooftop gardens?

No not necessarily but you will have to consider how easy your rooftop garden is to access as this will have an impact on the type of plants you can use.

For expansive landscape rooftop gardens, it’s important that you think about how you are going to maintain it throughout the year. So, if you have limited access at certain points in the year, you should think about plants that will complement the seasons you will have access to your rooftop. Obviously sunlight, areas of shade and water supply will also have a bearing on the right plants for your rooftop environment.

How to maintain your rooftop garden

Of course, there are a whole host of ways that you can make life easier for yourself when it comes to maintaining your rooftop garden including the following:

• Make sure that you plant your shrubbery close together – planting your shrubbery close together will allow you to keep on top of maintenance!
• You will still need to fertilise – Just because your rooftop garden might lack the nutrients found in floor level gardens doesn’t mean that you don’t need to feed your garden! Remember you will need to fertilise!
• Irrigation is important – When you are choosing the right plants for your garden it’s important that you think about integrating an effective watering system, as this will have an impact on the type of plants that will flourish in your garden.

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