Making a garden on the roof

A roof garden at Morningside Office Suites, Ngong Road, Nairobi. A rooftop can make for valuable space upon which you can create a beautiful green haven for you and your family.

A bold and simple design is always a winner.

Containers should be selected in line with desired look and feel.

Long lightweight containers are preferable as they put less strain on the roof’s structure and they distribute the weight more evenly.

Lightweight tiles of a restful colour or timber decking can also be considered for flooring.

Pull-out canvas awnings or a lightweight pergola can define the perfect outdoor living room and provide a much-needed respite from the hot sun.

Special care should be taken in order to select plants that will not only enhance your design concepts but also survive hot and windy conditions.

Many drought-tolerant plants will survive on the roof.