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Rooftop Garden Design Ideas Adding Freshness to Your Urban Home

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[caption id="attachment_41226" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Jasper Cole/ Getty Images[/caption] Not too long ago, we featured a post on Freshome entitled 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. [caption id="attachment_41225" align="alignnone" width="2560"]rooftop-garden Holly Hildreth/ Getty Images[/caption] [caption id="attachment_41223" align="alignnone" width="2560"]rooftop-garden AleksanderNakic/ Getty Images[/caption] [caption id="attachment_41222" align="alignnone" width="2560"]garden-on-house-wall Lisa Stokes/ Getty Images[/caption] [caption id="attachment_41229" align="alignnone" width="2560"]rooftop garden on home Karen Moskowitz/ Getty Images[/caption] [caption id="attachment_41230" align="alignnone" width="2560"]woman sunbathing on roof Corey Jenkins/ Getty Images[/caption] [caption id="attachment_41231" align="alignnone" width="2560"]two women on terrace Guido Mieth/ Getty Images[/caption] [caption id="attachment_41232" align="alignnone" width="2560"]rooftop vegetable garden Thomas Barwick/ Getty Images[/caption] 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!

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