Designs With Altitude

A rooftop or balcony garden can create valuable living space outdoors, but making the most of what can be a small area can be challenging. Here are some factors to consider.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionHide unsightly scenes, like pipes, walls and industrial parks, and create privacy with a screen of plant material, a self-supporting trellis with climbing vines or an overhead structure like a pergola or shade sails.
Views and privacy. Take advantage of being on "top of the world." Showcase great views of the city skyline or nearby green space by framing them with plant material. Frame a great view with a structure that has a window—create privacy with blinds that can be pulled down or shutters that can be closed.

--Photo courtesy of Chicago Specialty Gardens

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