Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, hitting the beach on the weekends is fair game. However, if you have a rooftop garden as inviting as this one, there is no need to trek all the way to the shore to get your summer tan. Since I started this week by picking on NJ, I will balance it out by sharing some before and after pictures from one of our recent projects in Jersey City. This huge 1500 square foot terrace has full sun and wind exposures. Because the space is so large, all of the furniture they had was lost in the space. This former do-it-yourself terrace needed a little assistance which is where we came in.
With careful rearranging, a thorough cleaning and new plantings, the transformation on this terrace is quite remarkable. The multi-stem trees we
added at 6-8′ tall brought a sense of drama and height to the space. We spaced them across the terrace to define the separate dining and lounge areas. The trees essentially form the corners of outdoor “rooms” and help the furniture placement to make sense. Smaller planters with perennial plantings will grow and fill in during the rest of the season. Even though this is only the first stage of work, the changes we did made a huge impact in the space.
If you want to transform your terrace, here are a few quick tips for do-it-yourself enthusiasts:
1. Make sure all of your planters have adequate drainage.
2. Don’t shy away from adding large plants to a large terrace, or a small terrace.
3. Get rid of anything on your terrace that doesn’t add to the overall effect including cracked planters, old furniture and anything that rusts!