Rooftop Garden Design Ideas and Tips

Rooftop Garden Design Ideas and Tips

Having a rooftop garden is an amazing thing. You can enjoy the hot summer days drinking iced tea with a nice view. You can have company over, throw parties and get-togethers, drink your morning coffees and look at the New Years’ Eve fireworks. But in order to enjoy what you have even more, you have to make it look nice. That’s why we decided to give you some rooftop garden ideas and tips on just how to make the most of it.

Keep it open

No matter how big or small your rooftop garden is, you want to keep it open. Having an open rooftop garden makes it look bigger. Plus, what is the point of closing it? If the weather is bad, you can just go inside. You should leave this garden open as you will be able to enjoy it more that way. New York is home to thousands of open rooftop gardens even though it has cold winters and rainy autumns. And if you are moving to New York with to an apartment with a rooftop garden, you too should leave it open.

If you want to close your rooftop garden for the winter, there are some non-permanent options that you can turn to. They are not the best quality but you will still be able to enjoy your garden even when it’s raining or even snowing. If you are worried about your neighbors looking into your rooftop garden, there are ways to stop that.

Grow Tall Plants and Trees

This is a tip for everyone but mostly for those who want to stop others from looking. Having tall plants and trees is a great way to maintain some privacy. Plus, tall plants are a huge interior design trend. Even though we’re currently talking about exterior, this trend is going to improve the look of your rooftop garden a hundred times. Bamboos and grasses are a good combination for those want to make it low maintenance. A large number of plants will also help to create a more relaxing atmosphere. And if you are in the middle of the city, having these plants will help clean the air and you will enjoy spending time there much more.

Raised Beds instead of Pots

People usually keep plants in pots. This is good to do when you are keeping plants inside the house. But if they are outside they will need a lot more support. It can get windy, rainy or extremely snowy. And if your plants aren’t inside something stable and firm, the bad weather might damage them. This is why it’s a good idea to build raised beds for your plants. You can add wooden raised beds or the ones that are made from metal. Some people even have concrete ones as they are the sturdiest. In these beds, you can grow all types of plants – tall shrubs, small trees, flowers, fruits, vegetables.


Now that you have planted your plants and you are happy with the way it looks, it’s time to start thinking about furniture. You have to decide what type of furniture you need. Do you need lounging couches or you need a table and some chairs? Some people even make an open bar, then you need bar stools. Benches are great to have on your rooftop garden. They make it some more like a garden than a rooftop and that is the illusion you want to achieve. Buying furniture will cost you a lot of money. This can be an expense that is hard to handle especially if you’ve just moved. Luckily, moving services can be affordable in NYC.

Have a Focal Point

A focal point is that one thing that draws the eye. For example, in living rooms, the focal point is the TV or the fireplace. It is something that will be used to determine the center of your garden. It can be a grill. a statue, a tall tree. Many people opt for a table or a water feature such as a small fountain. A good floor can’t be a focal point, but flooring is important too. Whatever you choose, you need to make sure it looks nice and goes with the whole vibe of your garden.


Lighting makes a huge difference when it comes to rooftop gardens. Having strong lighting is never a good idea. Strong light attracts insects and the last thing you want to do is avoid going outside in the evening because of them. Getting subtle, dimmed lighting is the perfect solution. Fairy lights will make your garden look romantic and more luxurious. To add to the romantic vibe, put out some candles.

You could even put those small garden lights that go into the ground. You can put them in the raised beds we mentioned earlier. Just remember to stay away from bright light.

Keep the Color Scheme Colorful

Keeping it simple just isn’t trendy anymore. Why not use plenty of colors? Colors can influence people’s moods. Having plenty of pink, red, blue, yellow, green, and orange accents on your rooftop garden will make it look more modern. The boho vibe is now the craze. Interior designers all over the world have started using more and more colors. A few years ago, if you had more than 4 colors in your space you wouldn’t be considered modern. Luckily, times change and we’re happy they changed for the better.


Even though it might not seem necessary, it is. Having decorative pieces can make a huge change in the way space looks and feels. They can improve your house too, not just your garden. You just have to figure out what kind of decoration you want. Do you want DIY, handmade, luxurious, vintage? There are plenty of styles to choose from.

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