30 Rooftop Garden Design Ideas Adding Freshness to Your Urban Home

30 Rooftop Garden Design Ideas Adding Freshness to Your Urban Home

Not too long ago, we featured a post on Freshome entitled 38 Garden Design Ideas Turning Your Home Into a Peaceful Refuge, which turned out to be quite popular. Nourishing your love for gardening may prove difficult to do in an environment that lacks…a backyard. But we are here to offer alternative solutions to your home design issues. This post is a reminder of that unoccupied space above your building that could be converted into a beautiful urban oasis. As you probably imagine, building your own rooftop garden is not as easy as planting shrubs in the ground, but with research, good planning and determination, such a project could substantially upgrade your lifestyle. If you are ready to embark on this dazzling adventure, the photos below should inspire you in deciding on the overall design of the new garden.

Once you structure your rooftop garden in your mind, clear up the path for implementation. Check with your builder or contractor to see if your roof can hold the pressure of the soil, containers and so on.  Take safety measures- install fences and miniature shelters in order to protect the plants from falling objects ( if you are surrounded by taller buildings for example). Start researching on the type of plants you can grow and talk to a specialist about maintenance. Installing sprinklers is a great idea, especially during summer. These being said, we wish you a fun time planning and developing the perfect roof garden- please let us know how it goes!


  • elraziq November 13, 2013 at 04:24 AMLogin to Reply →

    Absolutely fantastic designs. I hope one of the rooftop garden ideas above will be mine :)

  • Kristen Dockery March 16, 2015 at 15:11 PMLogin to Reply →

    I really like all these different ideas for rooftop gardens. It’s such a fun idea and I have always wanted a rooftop garden. I loved watching movies when they would go up to their roof and pick fresh food. I want to add a garden to my roof, do you have any tips that would be helpful in starting a garden?

  • Alexis Webber June 22, 2015 at 15:01 PMLogin to Reply →

    I’m in love with the idea of giving a roof more purpose and benefits by adding a garden. Luckily, I’ve got quite a bit of room on my roof that I can add something. I want to design it in a way that still gives me space to lay out in a chair or something, but still provides a lot of greenery. I love that slanted garden roof.