Gardening Tips for Your Chicago Rooftop Deck

The view of Chicago from a rooftop is astonishing! The skyline, the buildings, the lights of the city. There is no better way to take in this breathtaking view than from your rooftop deck. Consider these helpful gardening tips when planning your Chicago rooftop deck.

Plant Carefully

A rooftop garden has different needs than a conventional one. It can be more subjected to the elements: wind, sun and rain. The wind may shred certain plants, the sun can be harsh as the roof may be full sun all day, or worse, the roof may be in the shade of other buildings all day. How’s the rain drainage? Does the water pool up? Take a few hours and explore the conditions of your Chicago rooftop deck. Then choose plants, trees, and shrubs accordingly.


Choose furniture, plants, and design based on the style and culture you are seeking. Looking to host large gatherings? Add enough seating. Seeking quaint get togethers? Focus on cozy areas around a fire pit. Just need a personal oasis? Utilize water features and relaxing furniture options. Even a small rooftop can appear larger by utilizing open space in the design. Botanical Concept Designs Chicago can help with your rooftop deck design to best utilize your space to meet your personal requirements.


To set the mood, add lighting to your Chicago rooftop deck. It’s always a good idea to have your entrance and stairways well lit, but adding mood lighting around the deck or patio will set the stage for an amazing evening. String lights look beautiful as they twinkle and sway in the dusky, evening air. Solar lights strategically placed in the gardens are always a classic look, as well. Lighting up certain areas and not others is a fantastic way to designate areas of your deck for entertaining and other uses.

A Chicago rooftop deck is an inviting area of any building. With these gardening tips, your rooftop space will be the coveted place in town. Contact us at Botanical Concepts Chicago to discuss how we can help with your rooftop deck design!