The first time I saw a terrace garden, I was amazed by how beautiful and serene it looked. It made me wish my patio could look like that too! I used to have a small concrete slab outside my house with nothing much on it. And the fact that I could not grow anything on it made me sad. So when I saw those nicely manicured terraces, I knew what I wanted to do – recreate one of those for my patio!
I spent a lot of time brainstorming and reading before I actually got started on building my terrace. It's important to understand the different methods you can use to create one and get inspired by ideas from other people who've done it successfully.
I was lucky, because mine turned out pretty well for a first attempt! I thought you might like to know how I did it, so I will share the process I followed to get from a boring concrete slab to one of these magical 'terraced gardens' that took my breath away when I first saw them.
This blog post will give you tips on how to make your patio more like a terrace garden. We'll start with the soil and work our way up to the plants.
1. Add a small table and chairs to your terrace
If you want to make your patio into an outdoor living room, which requires no additional furniture apart from a small table and chairs, then this is how it should look. It's important that you pick the right size for the tables so they fit the level you are creating.
2. Hang plants from the ceiling to create a green canopy for shade
This is a really nice way of making sure your plants get the maximum amount of light while also utilizing the space above you. The height will need to be adjusted to suit the size of your patio and should be done by a professional if you're not familiar with how it works.
3. Create a rock retaining wall to add an interesting element
A retaining wall will retain your patio just as its name suggests. If you're looking to incorporate something other than the flat slab, this is a great way to do it. It adds an interesting element that also helps keep the soil in place. This actually goes well with the first tip to create an outdoor living room feel.
4. Install an outdoor rug to make it feel more like a room than just an area outside
I think this is a really great idea! If you're going to build a terrace garden, why not make it feel like a room that's part of the house itself? The rug helps merge the two areas into one and also creates a nice cushioned seating area.
5. Consider adding an outdoor shower
This is one the greatest terrace garden ideas and one of the most important things to keep in mind when landscaping your terrace garden or vertical balcony garden.This might sound strange to you, but it's a really nice way of making your terrace garden more usable and functional. Having a shower outside means that you won't need to dirty up your bathroom as often as you used to.
6. Add outdoor lighting for those late-night gatherings
One thing I noticed about the terraces I admired was how well they were lit. It's not necessary to have one, but adding lights is a great way of making sure you can enjoy your garden until late at night.
7. Use heavy-duty planters that are big enough for the area
I don't know why it wasn't obvious to me before, but the size of your planter needs to be proportional to the size of the space. This way, you won't have to worry about your planter toppling over with too much weight.
8. Make sure you choose hardy plants for sun and shade
If there's one thing we need to remember while we build our terrace garden, it is that some plants thrive in full sunlight and some don't. So it's important you choose plants that are suitable for your climate and sun exposure accordingly.
9. Do not underestimate the amount of time needed to maintain your terrace garden
It will take about five hours every weekend to upkeep a garden like this, so make sure you're prepared to put the effort in! If it gets too much, then you might want to consider hiring a garden maintenance service.
10. Use both hard and soft landscaping in your patio
This is a really nice way of adding interest to your terrace garden. I personally prefer the hard landscaping with concrete or stone, but it's also not a bad idea to add some soft features such as ornamental groundcover and grasses.
Your patio may be the perfect place to enjoy a new terrace garden this year. With some time and creativity, you can transform your outdoor space into something that is stylish, inviting, and unique. These are some tips for how to make your patio look more like a terrace garden in no time!