Terrace garden series (Part II)
If you are lucky enough to have a rooftop terrace, why not make the most of it? Turning your unusable terraces into Terrace gardens can act as an extension of your homes or offices. A terrace garden can bring you close to nature. They can be an active or passive recreational places for your family and guests.
Now that you have checked the Points to Ensure Before Designing Your Terrace Garden, it is time to start designing your terrace garden.
The first step is to finalize the layout of your terrace garden. Keep in mind the purpose for which you are designing a terrace garden. It is needless to say that, simple layout design works best for small areas. Adding too many features or activities within a small area will not let you enjoy the terrace garden to its fullest. A simple concept sketch is all you may need to work out your terrace garden design layout.
For larger terraces gardens, try to zone various activities. Incorporate various seating areas at strategic locations on the terrace garden. Hire a professional if required.
Plants are what truly make the terrace into a garden. Although a terrace can be designed without plants too, but having plants will make it more serene and surely bring you closer to nature. Make sure you use plants according to your climate zone. Use plants of various heights and forms to add interest. Use flowering plants to add color to your terrace garden. Avoid plants with deep roots, as in most cases, the planter depth will be limited. You can also plant small trees if your built structure allows.
It is a good idea to use lights in your terrace garden for the evenings. Use small light fixtures which are less obvious during the day. Light the seating areas and planter beds. But make sure the light is subtle enough so as to not disrupt the plants’ health.
The best way to enjoy your terrace garden is to sit in it. Carve out the seating locations according to the vantage points within and outside your terrace garden. Make sure you keeping in mind the weather of your area. Have a covered seating arrangement for summers and rains.
If privacy is an issue, screen you terrace garden. There are many options available, but my favorites are wooden screens and tall bushy plants.
Last but not the least important aspect is to personalise your terrace with the ambience you want to create. Add drama and interest to you terrace garden by adding a water feature or a sculpture. Add a cosy sofa or throw in some vibrant pillows. Candlelight seating areas in the night. Or use a rope light to make it more festive. You can even place a house for your pet.
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