Up on the roof
Container gardening makes a great space anywhere
CREATE A GARDEN ON A DECK
Only one summer old, this lush Seattle roof garden is well on its way to becoming this family’s favorite close-to-home hideout. Though most homeowners’ getaways would more likely be a cantilevered deck or a patio, this rooftop provides lots of lessons in container gardening. Four things made it come together quickly and easily: large containers, 60-pound bags of potting mix, the availability of water – piping and an outdoor spigot were installed – and an enthusiastic owner. He makes daily rounds, watering and snipping off faded blooms and damaged foliage. When winter sets in, he’ll cut back the garden, remove a few inches of topsoil from pots, and replace it with fresh mix. He’s hoping that the big plants will stay happy for a decade.
Get creative with containers. The rooftop garden uses big glazed pots, imported from China and Vietnam, chosen for their size and bright colors. High-fired and glazed, these pots won’t crack in winter. Be sure to fill them with a rich, sterile potting mix.