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140 Stunning Rooftop Terrance Ideas and Design Tricks

Having a rooftop is fantastic because of its versatility. You can have a roof garden or create an area for relation at the same time. If you live in a compact place, especially in downtown areas of the city, you have the option of creating your garden on the patio.

Below are 14 design tips for a rooftop garden and tips to get you started on having the best roof terrace garden on the block.

Grow tall trees and plants 

Grasses and bamboos are a great blend if you are looking for a low maintenance type of vegetation. Growing them around your walls comes in handy if you want an aesthetic view from your rooftop or want to have some privacy. You can also grow trees and shrubs if you prefer them. 

 Bring some wilderness

Who doesn’t love nature? Even with a small rooftop garden, you can make it more welcoming to butterflies, bees, and birds. This can be achieved by adding native plants that shrubs which birds use to make their nests. Hanging a feeder and water will also attract more birds to your garden. 

Carve out curves 

Featuring curves on your rooftop adds more garden vibes to it and cancels the feeling of being amid tall structures. For instance, in Marylebone London, the designer added different curves to the rooftop like a curved bench of snakes surrounding an outdoor table. Rather than making a vertical plane for the metal fountain, the designer opted for a unique S-curve shape. Adding curves makes your rooftop more alluring.  

Leave it open

An open rooftop is applicable where privacy is not an issue, or you are less concerned about neighbors looking on. Keeping a small rooftop open, gives the illusion that space is bigger. For instance, you may consider using a transparent glass instead of fences, railings, or a parapet wall. 

Use at least three colors

Using too many colors for containers, furniture, railings, floor, or walls will make your rooftop seem confusing. Integrating neutral colors like beige, indigo, gray and white highlights the exquisiteness of your plants. You can also choose an accent color in areas that look too dull. 

Add softness

Arranging a handful of brightly colored weatherproof pillows and placing outdoor rugs also make the rooftop more appealing and modern. Having this style will make those precious moments with your family and friends feel extra special during the summertime. 

Plant carefully

Mixing containers that differ in size gives your rooftop an amazing look. Mix up the size of your plants by mixing ground covers, shrubs, large plants, and smaller trees.


Determining the type of furniture to buy should be done during the early planning stages. Your garden style should correspond with the furniture. You shouldn’t add modern furniture if your theme and style is antique. 

Have a central point

Central points entice people to gather at the rooftop. Central points can range from a statue, container plant, a water feature, a tall tree, or attractive container plants.

Experiment with colors and plant types

Plant shrubs, foliage plants, trees, and annuals for a pop of color. Merge warm and cool colors in balance to make the garden stand out. Having a well planned organized garden will make you appreciate your rooftop further. 

Nice flooring is crucial

Consider a flooring style that is within your budget, corresponds to your garden theme and climate condition in your area is the key.

Capitalize on vertical space

Make use of the vertical space by growing several climbers, hanging planters, and planters along the rails. Doing this makes the rooftop seem larger. 

Have lighting

With the right type of light on your rooftop during the night gives it the impression of feeling bigger than it is. Having good lighting on your rooftop garden along with the stairwell is vital, especially during the evening.

Use raised beds

Putting up raised beds next to the walls is a great idea if your rooftop can support them. Raised beds are good for growing small trees and even tall shrubs. Constant trimming and pruning should be done to control the plants. Metal and wooden raised beds can be used, or you can make concrete ones that are 2 ft wide and deep.

To prevent roots from damaging your roof, you can elevate your raised bed subtly so it does not touch the surface and also make it hard for roots to penetrate. Using a thick root barrier and a waterproofing membrane blocks the roots from damaging your roof.

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