Roof gardens to dream about

A green oasis in the middle of the city

Roof gardens are a great solution to create an oasis of calm in the middle of the city. The perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle, they prove that if you have green fingers, you don't have to move to the countryside to live your plant-filled dream. 

There are beautiful roof gardens all over the world, from New York to Rotterdam. If you're green with jealousy at these gorgeous outdoor spaces, we have tips on how to create a roof garden yourself. And if you're not one of the lucky ones with the space and capacity for an at-home roof terrace, check out our tips for making your balcony or patio greener here

a green roof garden | @arjan.boekel, daktuin Rotterdam


  • Perhaps the most important tip is simply to dare to start creating a green rooftop. Start small with some pot plants and climbing plants. By creating a seating area and adding some greenery, you can start to enjoy your space right away. 
  • Choose your plants carefully, and take into account maintenance, growth and flowering time as well as where your garden is located. Lots of sun? Go for plants such as clay pear, lavender and climbing roses. Is there a lot of shade? Opt for plants such as columbine, ferns and thimbleweed.
  • Look around you for inspiration. Try browsing Pinterest, Instagram and magazines. By discovering what your style of exterior decoration is, you'll be able to create yourself a larger and more pleasant space to exist in. 
  • Want to truly transform your rooftop into a green oasis? Enlist the help of an expert and ensure that you're following all government and council regulations when working on your rooftop garden. You may need a permit to carry out the work - check the planning permission guidelines in your area before getting started. 


Roof gardens aren't only beautiful and relaxing, they also have a positive impact on your mental health and the environment! Green roof gardens contribute to biodiversity and encourage wildlife to thrive. 

Will your dull, grey roof soon be a thing of the past? Share your roof garden with us via Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #thejoyofplants and #fromgreytogreen. 

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