With the rate of construction in Malta reaching an all-time high, now would be the time to stop depending on authorities for green spaces and start being pro-active ourselves, simply by taking advantage of our vertical spaces.
Rooftop gardens can serve as your private hideaway from the concrete jungle Malta has become or make it your own quirky Wonderland. Here are a few ideas you could incorporate into creating your very own roof garden, whether for relaxation or entertaining.
1. Wooden Decking
There’s something about wood that makes the space it forms part of warm and inviting. Wooden decking is aesthetically pleasing and will undoubtedly enhance the overall beauty (and value) of your home.
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2. Vertical Planting
Vertical planting can be used to draw one’s eye to an area as well as serve as a disguise for an unsightly view, such as your panty tal-parachute you save for that time of the month. This can be done easily by simply nailing different coloured pots to a fence for privacy and a touch of awesome.
3. Snazzy Seating
If you want to transform your roof into a blissful or funky retreat, seating should include neither plastic chairs tal-każin nor Għadira-family-day-out-style folding chairs.
If you are on a budget, IKEA have some great outdoor furniture which just requires assembling, alternatively, get your hands on some free or cheap wooden pallets and turn them into functional eye candy. As a finishing touch, keep summer alive by adding a pop of colour with a few pretty cushions.
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4. Get Stoned
Nothing says contemporary better than white stones, especially beautiful when contrasted with wooden decking and perhaps a turf patch. Contrasting materials in design adds visual interest and is what gives a space warmth, character and depth. Place some stones in a large plant pot, use them to create a path, sprinkle them onto your burger at the next rooftop BBQ… the possibilities are endless.
5. Create Your Own Herb Garden
What sort of weirdo wouldn’t like to pick his own parsley? Most herbs’ main requirement is sunshine – which we’ve got plenty of in Malta. And although growing them in the ground is preferable, they can also be grown in pots and containers as long as they are big enough and good potting soil and fertilizer are used.
If only we were as low-maintenance.
Photo from The Stir
6. Illallu Lighting
Good lighting is key to the creation of an atmospheric space. Create visual interest with LED deck lights and throw in a few lanterns for added ambiance. No more losing that damn HP sauce.
Photo from Shoot Gardening
7. Large Planters
Large planters are a great addition to any outdoor space, enhancing a contemporary, creative or more traditional setting.
8. The WOW Factor
Turf? Hammock? Gazebo? Water feature? Fire pit?
It’s a ‘Yes’ from me.
Photo from Home Designer Lover