Micro gardening opens up food growing possibilities for city dwellers, renters and others. Roof gardens are a great way to grow in urban spaces, but Anne Gibson of TheMicroGardeners.com says it's important to consider drainage and local weather conditions. If exposed to winds or strong sun without protection, plants tend to dry out more quickly.
A new balcony overlooks the front of this recently renovated Phoenix home. A sloped Spanish tile roof was removed from the lower level, opening up the space for a peaceful roof garden surrounding the balcony.
Millennials say they want to hang out with friends outdoors and enjoy views. Universities are responding to those needs. The Cal State San Marcos Student Union, for example, features a roof garden and outdoor terrace. The design by landLAB Landscape Architecture received an award from the San Diego American Society of Landscape Architects.
Contemporary-styled bedrooms in this Weston, Conn., home project out into the roof gardens, giving the feeling of being fully immersed in the landscape. Tone-on-tone bedding and headboard are made interesting by using a variety of patterns.
Tin has created a private garden sanctuary on the roof of her home featuring two daybeds and an array of trees and plants including lemon trees, tea olive, potato vine, creeping Jenny and gardenias, many of which lend fragrance to her rooftop garden.
This farm in Sunderland, Ontario includes spectacular landscaping in every corn of its 160 acres, including a 5,000 sq. ft. organic produce garden, horse barn, log cabin, root cellar, spring fed pond and waterfall. The horse barn features a red, tin roof and is professionally landscaped and maintained.
The roof deck of this high rise building in Chicago includes an outdoor kitchen available to all the residents. Two grills make the high-demand space more practical; the designers positioned them together to keep the area less crowded when both grills are in use.