Plan Your Terrace Garden Design

Article by sarah james on September 16, 2012 under Garden category

Terrace gardening is a concept which is widely used all over the world. It is a method of gardening where one cultivates useful plants on a slope/ terrace or a raised platform. Apparently, the cultivated platform is designed into terraces. A terrace garden is beneficial in various ways. It keeps the house dry, acts as a beautifying background and caters to the need of staple vegetables. Terrace gardening was followed in various countries like Persia, Italy, Rome and England. There are many designs of terrace garden, but the important thing is you have to know about the benefit and the steps to build a terrace garden before you decide your own terrace garden design.

A Beautiful and Large Terrace Garden

A Beautiful and Large Terrace Garden

Terrace Garden Design – Building Steps

In today’s era, people reside in some apartments and small houses in take up terrace gardening as their passion because they lack enough space around their flat. A creepy junkyard on your terrace can be converted into a lush green terrace garden by following the simple steps;

A Terrace Garden

A Terrace Garden

Step1: Plan what you want to do

Go up to your terrace and visualize how you would want to see it. This might help you come up with the best possible plan. Your garden ought to have a proper balance of a lawn, small trees and ground covers. And if you have enough space and more than enough money then you can also invest in features like, rocks, gazebo, water bodies and other artifacts that can make your garden look beautiful.

Step 2: Introduce sufficient drainage chambers

A proper drainage system is one prerequisite without which your entire garden might turn out to be a damp squib, literally. Make sure sufficient drainage chambers at various points at your terrace. These points would all be supported with small drain pipes leading to the main drainage pipe. If the water does not drain properly, it will stagnate and cause a great damage to your building. If the terrace is not leveled nor has a slope, consult a landscapist.

Design of Exterior Green Terrace Garden

Design of Exterior Green Terrace Garden

Step 3: Preparing the floor

And before you begin working on your dream garden, make sure you waterproof your terrace. The floor of your terrace would serve as the base of your garden and you cannot just directly dump the soil on the floor of your terrace to grow your plants. You have to prepare it to host a terrace garden. First, you will have to lay burnt bricks approx. 2″ – 4″ uniformly on the terrace. Burnt bricks are the best because normal ones turn into mud and collapse the drainage system. Next, you should lay a wire mesh. This will prevent your soil to get inside the bricks.

Simple Terace Garden Design

Simple Terrace Garden Design

Step 4: Get that Soil Right

A light weight and serves as an effective planting medium. Soil rite or peat moss is a very light soil and is an ideal growing medium for your terrace garden. However you can also prepare your own soil by mixing garden soil with manure and peat moss if you want to save money.

Small Terrace Garden

Small Terrace Garden

Step 5: Choose your plants wisely

The second most important step is to choose your plants wisely. Plants with a fibrous root system are best for your terrace garden. A plant with a tap root system might grow through the terrace and endanger the life of your building. You can create a very well-balanced terrace garden using two different types of palms, money plants, a few flowering plants, sun-flower plants and some herb plants. You can also plant exotic rose plants or orchids that can increase the glamour quotient of your garden too

Urban Terrace Garden Design

Urban Terrace Garden Design

A terrace garden can be created in any shape, design and any raised location. Places like a multi storied building, hotels, restaurants or institutes are the places one can follow terrace gardening. Converting your barren space into a lush green patch will de-stress an individual and also provide a healthy environment. After you know all about terrace garden and you feel that you will get any convenience, now it’s your time to choose your terrace garden design. 

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