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.
On a Chicago rooftop, a stunning panel made of COR-TEN steel is cut out in the shape of a tree to accent the metal fencing. The panel, added by Topiarius, which specializes in outdoor living on rooftops, also offers some privacy without completely blocking the views.
The rooftop space gives the homeowners a beautiful space to entertain and watch the sunset. An outdoor kitchen makes barbecuing and entertaining easy, and, since it is located directly to the side of the outdoor dining area, the homeowners can serve their dishes at the height of freshness. Along the back rail, several cushioned lounges provide the perfect space for sunbathing or stargazing.
A modern waterfall adds to the city sights on a rooftop garden in New York's Tribeca neighborhood. The project, by Aaron Andrew McIntire and the Gunn Landscape Architecture team, won a gold award in the 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designers' International Landscape Design Awards.
For retreat areas that you’ll use after sunset, include lighting in your design. Twinkle lights, outdoor lighting, lanterns, candles, solar lights—there’s definitely a light to suit your style. Consider combining different lighting options to give your retreat a dual personality—candles or twinkle lights for intimate gatherings or strings of larger wattage bulbs for entertaining. Built around a tree, this covered rooftop retreat features multiple lighting options, comfy built-in seating and even a bed for Fido. Pets like green spaces, too.
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.