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 CaptionUse lightweight furnishings, like teak furniture, polypropylene carpet, ipe decking and other materials.
Furnishings. Always provide a place to sit, rest and view your garden. Look for weather-resilient furnishings made for the outdoors. Mitchell suggests using moveable pieces of furniture so that space can be made for an impromptu family gathering.

Grabel also suggests using furnishings that serve double-duty purposes. A bench can be used for seating and also contain a compartment where cushions can be stored to keep them from blowing away when not in use.

--Photo courtesy of Chicago Specialty Gardens