Beautifying Your Rooftop Garden With Stone Planters

Minnesota is cold.

Freezing cold in fact. For practically six months out of the year we’re confined to indoor heated spaces and cars shuffling between heated locations as quickly as possible because it’s just downright cold.

By the time warm weather finally creeps in I’m waiting by the door with a fishing rod, a bike, a picnic basket—even a pair of rollerblades. I’m just desperate to spend time outdoors.

Last October, I noticed how horribly I was underutilizing my (rather dilapidated) rooftop deck. Not many apartment complexes in Minneapolis even have the potential for a rooftop deck for obvious reasons, but I’m one of the lucky few. It really needed a lot of work to get to the point of being a usable space, but I had all winter.

Stone Planters and Urns

I may have jumped ahead of the game a little, but I picked out stone urns for plants before actually buying the plants themselves.

Either way I found a great deal. I chose older looking urn to go with the old-world architectural style of my apartment building. I was worried about shipping time and safety, but my urns arrived unharmed and in enough time for me to enjoy them before the winter winds blew me back inside.

Plants and Flowers

Once the urns were on the way I picked up a few more stone planters from a local hardware store and started choosing plants. I don’t exactly have a green thumb so I asked the staff to point me in the direction of lower maintenance plants.

I used a little English Ivy to decorate a garden lattice against the biggest wall. In my urns I planted French hydrangeas, Rhododendrons, Gardenias and plenty of flowering shrubs for privacy.

I also added switchgrass to fill in the empty spots and gaps and make my patio feel like a total oasis.

The Result

I now have a place to relax for the few months that Minneapolis isn’t miserably cold. The urns and plants add great ambiance while the mini-bar adds hours of fun and relaxation.

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