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 CaptionNot only will these structures provide shade, they'll also create a privacy screen from neighbors.
Shade. On a rooftop, the hot sun can be quite uncomfortable. This can resolved by a simple shade umbrella or an overhead structure, like a pergola or arbor, that supports vines. Get stylish with a metal structure covered with colorful nursery cloth, says Grabel. It will add color and interest and also be lightweight.

--Photo courtesy of Chicago Specialty Gardens