In today’s times, where cities lack gardens in order to make space for housing, where high rise buildings and space restrictions have taken away the garden from the houses, building a terrace garden with whatever area you have is the best solution to connect with nature. A terrace garden not only adds a touch of green to the most ignored corner of the house but also gives you an opportunity to display your creative skills and green thumb, without making much effort.
A terrace garden can be of any shape, form or design and it is possible to create one in any house, multi-story or low rise building, hotel, restaurant, corporate office or any institute. Growing trees and plants is not only essential environmentally but it also has a therapeutic value which helps us to relax.
Where the roof is strong enough to support the weight of top soil and underlying drainage, it’s a great idea to add a lawn. The sight of a lawn outside the living room/ bedroom in a modern apartment can be very striking or else you can provide the hard landscape by using tiles / materials which will provide the look of a garden and you can add plants in pots to green the area.
Imagine a situation where you enjoy a light drizzle or even a brisk shower on the terrace of your house. It goes without saying that after the heat of a sweltering summer, you will grab such a dream opportunity. Or imagine the feel of sitting on a comfortable couch, sipping coffee amidst aromatic flowers swaying in a gentle breeze and looking at the sun ready to set in the evening. All these are possible with a terrace garden. What minimum you get is a perfect place to unwind and what maximum you get is a rejuvenation of your inner self.
Decks/ Patios/ Barbecue Areas
It is natural for you to want to spend time outdoors. A nice deck or patio is a place to read a morning paper, sip lemonade on a weekend afternoon, or is used as a place to entertain guests by adding a barbeque area for an evening get-together. Outdoor patios / Decks can be attached to a house, or be detached. They are often designed and oriented with the landscape. Patios / Decks are versatile: they can take on any shape and be built with various materials, like concrete, pavers, stone, tile, brick, wood or gravel.
A patio can extend your living space and will last a lifetime with minimal care and maintenance.
When the weather is warm, there is nothing like having an outdoor barbecue. You can design a beautiful and functional barbecue area perfect for your family or guests.
Whether you want an elaborate built-in barbecue area or just a simple portable barbecue, it is important to locate your barbecue area with a little forethought. You should keep it close to the kitchen for easy access to all the materials you will need, but you also need to make sure that smoke does not blow into the house, there is proper venting, and you are not close enough to create a fire hazard.
Another thing to keep in mind is how much space you want around your barbecue. There should be enough seating for guests, seating should face the best view, and maybe there should be provision for some shade for sunny afternoons.
Location and basic design are important not only to avoid problems later on, but because if you are using utilities like gas or electricity, you will want to place the utility lines before you build any patio surfaces or structures.
Theme gardens are a fun and unique way to show the world your ideas and to indulge your artistic side. They are a great way to exhibit your interests and even your favourite flowers.
A theme can be as simple as using plants of a single color, a particular style, a period in history, such as Greek, Victorian, Roman or can be expressed in the garden’s purpose.
Popular themes could be a white/evening garden where the plants all reflect the moonlight. Place this type of garden in where it can be seen at night either from the deck or a favourite spot in the house. For mono color gardens you should look for similar foliage and bloom colors. Remember that the garden would not be literally one shade of the same color, but rather similar shades with a few neutrals to blend the overall theme. Historical gardens with appropriate statues/ water fountains can be either planted with similar type plants that look good for the theme, or they can be the exact varieties that were available in that era. For example the color, type and varieties of roses available today are far larger than those available 200 years ago. If desired, you can also assimilate the concept of water garden or rock garden or create a shady structure on your roof garden.
Historical themes require some research so start your ideas well ahead of the planting season. Popular historical theme gardens include Medieval, Colonial or Renaissance gardens, or perhaps Victory Gardens of the mid-20th century.