Jan
31
2012

Terrace Gardening Part 3

This is the last post in a three part series on Terrace Gardening. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here.

 

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Beautiful Terrace Garden (image via MSN Green)

 

Suggested Plants for Terrace Garden

Annuals and Biennials – Aster, Balsam, Marigold, Zinnias, Iceland, Lobelia, Cosmos

Perennials – Perennials are good for gracing of deck or terrace. Some of the popular and fast growing perennials are Agapanthus, Bergenia, Bleeding Heart

Flowering Plants – Begonia, Chrysanthemum, hibiscus, etc

Bulbs – Daffodils, Iris, Lily, Tulip, Snowflake, Dahlia, Canna

Vines – Vines cover cracked walls and unappealing areas of the terrace and create a cascading effect. They also screen walls and fences. For these reasons vines are popular in terrace gardens also. Some popular vines are – Boston ivy, Star Jasmine, Trumpet, and Wisteria.

Shrubs – Shrubs add style to the garden landscape. Some of the easy growing shrubs are – Camellia, Photinia, Albelia, Lilac, Mock Orange, Juniper, etc

Lawn – Lawn is a major element in designing a terrace garden, like any other garden landscape. It adds greenery to the garden and adds aesthetic value to the garden. Four types of grasses are generally used for growing a lawn on terrace – Hariyali (grows vigorously and spreads uniformly), Blue Grass(soft texture with bluish tint), Crab Grass (good spreading characteristics), Dichondra (has tiny circular leaves and spreads uniformly).

Terrace Gardening and Urban Development

Architectural Harmony – A garden on terrace can act as a unifying factor for diverse elements like buildings, streets, other areas and people. It can co-relate various spaces.

Ecological Balance – Terrace gardens create the ecological balance between green areas and over developed grey areas.terrace landscape.

Privacy – Having a terrace garden in office or home is like having own private green space near work station or home that can be used for relaxation purposes.

Aesthetics – More than anything else terrace gardens add beauty to the concrete jungle in cities.

Production of Agricultural Elements – terrace gardens can also be used to grow vegetables and fruits that can be used in kitchen and can be a healthy alternative to buying vegetables from the market.

 

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