Cultivating the view from the top

Perfect pocket of serenity: Creating an entertaining space on your rooftop will give you a serene place to enjoy the amazing views or to host the ultimate party.
Perfect pocket of serenity: Creating an entertaining space on your rooftop will give you a serene place to enjoy the amazing views or to host the ultimate party.

As we continue to live in an increasing urban landscape, rooftop gardens have taken off in popularity. 

Many developers are including a communal space on the top of new buildings for residents to use as a shared backyard. 

You may be lucky enough to live in a building where you have private access to a rooftop garden. 

However you get there, your rooftop garden can look amazing and be a place of peaceful reflection (complete with awesome views) or the ultimate entertaining space.  

Controlling the elements is one of the things you will need to master when planning a rooftop garden. 

Water, enriched soil, sunshine and winds can all be compromised (or elevated) on rooftop sites. 

Ensure you keep the most thirsty areas together to make it easier to water.

Peace out: Include a water feature in your plans to ensure you hear the sounds of nature that may be missing from your urban lifestyle.

Peace out: Include a water feature in your plans to ensure you hear the sounds of nature that may be missing from your urban lifestyle.

Without a tap onsite, or through the heat of the summer you may need to cart additional water upstairs. 

Map out the entertaining areas to make the best use of the sun. Keep it away from the glare of the hot midday sun with a cover. 

Timber structures weather nicely and if secured correctly, won’t blow away in the winds that will increase at the top of your building. 

There’s no place for flimsy material in a rooftop garden. 

Great job for the kids: Mulch garden beds well to protect delicate plants from the full sun they will receive on your rooftop.

Great job for the kids: Mulch garden beds well to protect delicate plants from the full sun they will receive on your rooftop.

Include quick-to-assemble timber boxing and fill with rich soil to create veggie gardens or flower beds. These are great in a community type garden. 

Rooftop gardens may be subject to planning permissions so make sure you check with your governing bodies before undertaking any construction work.