What to Consider Before Planting a Rooftop Garden

This time of year, few people in the New York City area think about landscape design. But just because it’s cold outside now doesn’t mean you can’t look ahead to next spring. Can you imagine having your own urban oasis when the weather warms up? Maybe you’re thinking, “That sounds great and all, but I just don’t have the room for that in my current space.” Into the picture comes a rooftop garden. For those in NYC, rooftop gardens are becoming more and more popular. Here are just a few reasons why you may be considering a rooftop garden in the near future:

  • It makes use of underused space

  • It creates beauty

  • It provides much-needed privacy

Now is the ideal time to start planning your rooftop garden. While you brainstorm ideas, be sure to take the following into account:

  1. Permission – Your landlord and/or building code may have something to say about a revamped landscape design. Accessibility, building height restrictions, and fire regulations all factor in what you can and cannot do. That’s why it’s imperative to double-check prior to getting too far into the process.

  2. Structure – From potted plants to custom decks and benches, the possibilities are endless when it comes to rooftop gardens. With that in mind, make sure the structure can hold it all. As plants grow, soil and pots will only get heavier. Once your plans have been approved, get in touch with an experienced contractor to test the structural integrity.

  3. Access – It’s been determined that the roof can, in fact, hold everything you’re ready to put in place. Now what? Well, you need to determine how you’re going to get everything in and out of the building. Depending on how many materials you have, you may run into an issue. Some municipalities require access to multiple exits. There are also potential fire alarms and emergency lighting to deal with. Again, double-check with your landlord/building code with this step.

  4. Water – Let’s say you live on the second floor of a 12-floor complex. Do you really want to spend your time filling up watering cans over and over just to manage those plants? If possible, consider installing drip irrigation systems. At Amber Freda Landscape Design, we can easily install drip irrigation that delivers precise amounts of water to your plants in a way that maximizes their longevity. Drip irrigation makes for an affordable way to keep your rooftop garden looking incredible, even throughout the hot summer months.

  5. Mother Nature – Because of where we live, you can’t really expect to leave your plants alone and expect them to thrive. From the sweltering heat to ambient heat being reflected from other areas, what you grow will take a beating from Mother Nature. Throw in the wind and rain and you could be facing trouble in a hurry. Do what you can to protect your garden as much as possible.

  6. Privacy – As aforementioned, folks appreciate rooftop gardens because they provided much-needed privacy. You may want to plan for screening, however, if your garden will be in full view by neighbors. Depending on your budget, you may choose to plant a hedge of evergreens to actually keep your garden from being seen by everyone.

  7. Storage – Do you plan on tending your own garden? Then you will likely need tools, fertilizer, compost, buckets, etc. Of course, space is likely to be extremely limited with a rooftop garden. It’s a good idea to consider shelves, narrow closets, or bench seating with built-in storage.

  8. Cost – This is the biggest one of the bunch. How much are you willing to spend? It could be that you start small with just a few potted plants. Eventually, maybe you move toward furniture, a pergola, or even an outdoor kitchen. As the ideas come to mind, remember to run them past the landlord/building code.

Unmatched Landscape Design

We are more than the typical landscaping company. Rather than focus on mowing lawns or hardscaping, we specialize in custom garden design. For more than a decade, Amber Freda has been creating some of the best garden designs in Manhattan and throughout NYC. We truly believe that in a land of concrete and steel, the garden layouts we create are some of the most treasured green spaces on the planet. Amber Freda Landscape Design services include:

  • On-site consultation

  • Garden landscaping design

  • Professional installation

  • Drip irrigation

  • Landscape lighting

  • Ongoing tending and maintenance

Rest assured that Amber will personally oversee the design of every project from start to finish. Never will we hand over a task to a third party or subcontractor. The expectations our rooftop garden designer has allows us to offer clients with an aesthetic that feels like a seamless and natural extension of their homes. Because of this, we can capture personality and style with ease.

See what Amber can do for you. Call now to schedule a consultation.    

Five Perfect Flowers For a City Rooftop Garden

Building a garden and landscape design can be tricky when you live in a city and the only place for any type of shrubbery is the rooftop. But don’t give up hope so easily. Rooftop gardens can be an amazing experience, both in the garden layout and design process and afterwards when you get to enjoy the fruits of your gardening labor. If you live in a big city, like New York City, and want to grow a garden full of greenery, small trees and flowers, you’re in luck today. We’re going to be listing out five of the best flowers and plants to grow on your rooftop garden. Read along to get inspired!

Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)

Technically a tree, the Kousa Dogwood is fairly small, making for the perfect greenery plant for a rooftop garden. In the spring and summer, enjoy the stunning white and pink flowers with rich green foliage. In the fall, watch the colors turn to a dark red. Growing about 20 feet tall and wide, the Kousa Dogwood grows best in partial sun and moist soil. You’ll definitely want to add this to your rooftop garden and landscape design.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Who doesn’t include lavender in their landscape design? This is a must-have plant for your rooftop garden. Not only is the smell enticing and comforting, but this plant can fit well in a rooftop garden bed and can handle both windy and dry conditions. Requiring full sun, a lavender plant is the ideal addition to your rooftop.

Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick (Corylus avellana)

Add some personality to your garden design with the Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick plant. With such an interesting name, you know you’re going to love it. This filbert shrub twists and turns as it grows, producing rich green foliage that will complement its surrounding flowers and plants. This plant requires full to partial sun and is low maintenance.

Daylily (Hemerocallis)

Add some color into your garden design with the Daylily flower. Pink, orange, red and blue, your rooftop will be full of color in no time. Daylilies require partial to full sun for healthy growth, but are also drought tolerant, making for the ideal rooftop garden situation. Low maintenance and fragrant, you’ll want a few of these in your spring and summer garden.

Japanese Wisteria (Wisteria)

If you are adding a garden trellis or pergola to your landscape design, you’ll want some Japanese Wisteria. Drap these blooms over a trellis or pergola and watch the vines grow. The fragrant flowers grow best in full sun and require little maintenance. You’ll love having these blue, pink and white flowers in your garden as you sit back and relax in the sun in your rooftop garden.

Don’t let your rooftop garden make you feel limited in your landscape design process. There are many beautiful and unique flower and plant options that will thrive in this environment. Call Amber Freda Landscape Design for city gardening expertise!

The Best Flowers And Plants for A Summer And Fall City Garden

Being part of the Northeast region of the U.S., New York has a humid climate with long periods of warmth during spring and summer seasons, and very cold weather during the fall and winter months. Given the climate, there are certain types of native and introduced garden plants that thrive in New York, as well as along the Northeastern coast. If you are working on a garden layout that will take you through the rest of summer and into the fall months, you came to the right place. Today we are going to list the best flowers and plants for a New York summer and fall garden.

Summer Plants + Flowers

Astilbe (Veronica selections)

The astilbe plant is a richly colorful, dense flower with thick foliage. Growing best in early summer, this plant grows to 2-feet tall and wide. It requires shade and moist to wet soil. Plant alongside other shade loving plants with contrasting colors for a gorgeous garden layout.

Bee Balm (Monarda selections)

The Bee Balm is a regional wildflower in Northeast, growing rich red, pink, violet and white flowers. The foliage is mint-scented, which is a huge benefit because pests leave it alone. Bee balm grows with full sun in moist, well-drained soil. Plant these flowers alongside white flowers for a contrasting, summer-y feel in your garden.

Hydrangeas (hydrangeas macrophylla)

Who doesn’t love hydrangeas? Easy to care for and beautiful, hydrangeas prove to be the ultimate summer-time flower. These plants love moist, well-drained soil, morning sun and afternoon shade. Just water them when you get home from work. Don’t forget hydrangeas in your garden design – they flower beautifully in shades of blue, pink and white.

Butterfly Weed (asclepias tuberosa)

These bright orange flowers are perfect for your garden because not only are they beautiful, but they attract butterflies! This plant requires sun, and can grow in both dry and moist soil, but prefers bright, well-drained sandy soil. You won’t want to leave these out when designing your garden and landscape plan.

Fall Plants + Flowers

Korean Mum (Chrysanthemum)

Add some warm and soft color into your Autumnal garden design with some Korean Mums. These plants are generally pest- and disease-resistant and later-blooming. Growing in white, pale yellow and warm and cool pink, these hardy perennials grow best in full sun and well-drained rich soil. Plant in the spring, and watch these beauties flourish in the fall.

BeautyBerry (Callicarpa Dichotoma)

You will not want to leave these purple beauties out of your landscape plan. This purple-ish plant is not only stunning, but it grows year-round and blooms in mid-summer so it is ready for your fall garden! It requires sun to partial shade, and attracts bees, butterflies and some birds.

Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens)

These are the perfect blooms for your autumnal garden landscaping. Growing best in full to partial sun and requiring a moderate amount of watering, these violet flowers are low maintenance. You can even grow this plant in the summer too. Feature them in your garden in hanging baskets, window boxes or even houseplants.

Panicle Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’)

Tardiva is an autumnal flowering plant with white flower heads that turn purple/pink as they get older. These white blooms grow best in moist, well-drained soil and in sun to partial shade, and require minimal pruning. If you’re going to be landscaping in the fall months, consider incorporating these hydrangeas.

If you’re interested in landscape design services in New York City, give us a call at Amber Freda. We can’t wait to help you with your garden and landscape plan!

Why You Should Let A Professional Do Your Landscaping

While landscaping and garden design can be fun, we know your busy schedule probably restricts your green thumb. But that doesn’t mean you should be without a garden! Here at Amber Freda Landscape Design, we are passionate about garden landscaping, and we hope you are too. Our landscape professionals can bring your garden dreams to life! Today we’re listing out a few reasons why you should leave your landscaping plans to a professional landscaper. Read along to learn more and be sure to give us a call at Amber Freda when you need landscape design services in Manhattan.

Save Time

Gardening can be a blast, but it can also be time consuming. With a busy schedule, you might not be able to dedicate the time necessary to carefully plan and execute a landscape design. Gardening is so much more than just planting a few flowers next to each other. An expert landscaper will be able to design a landscape plan suited perfectly for the aesthetic of your home or establishment. Save your valuable time and let our garden and landscape design experts at Amber Freda create an ideal landscape plan for you.

Save Money

Planning a garden landscape can be a big job and it’s easy to overspend. When you let a professional landscaper do your garden design, you’ll set a budget and they will not go over it. Plus, a professional will still get the job done in a timely matter. In the long run, you will end up saving money and the end result will be a stunning green space.

Save Mistakes

A professional landscaper has worked in garden design long enough to know how to avoid mistakes. By hiring a landscaper, you are ensuring that the garden layout end result will be quality-made, aesthetically pleasing and free of amateur mistakes. Rather than attempting a project like this on your own over and over again, trust that a professional will know what they’re doing and that the end product will be perfect.

Living in a city doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a nice green garden. With Amber Freda Landscape Design,  New York City is more than just a concrete jungle where dreams are made. We specialize in landscaping and garden design in Manhattan. If you’re looking for professional landscape design services, give us a call. We can’t wait to help you build the city garden of your dreams!

Endless Possibilities with Amber Freda Landscape Design

High-End Landscaping in New York City

Amidst all the hustle and bustle that comes with living in a big city, it can be difficult to relax and get away from it all. It doesn’t help, either, that our neighborhoods are pretty much dominated by concrete and steel. That’s why so many folks are turning to Amber Freda for help with landscape design. For years, our team of garden design professionals has created some of the most treasured green spaces not only in the region but on the planet. We aren’t the typical lawn care or maintenance company, as are the majority of our competitors. Instead, we offer completely customized landscape design plans based on your space and overall vision. From start to finish, Amber will help you select the right furniture, plants, planters, and other work that goes into creating the best garden design in town. We work our magic to ensure that the final result feels like a natural extension of your home.

Unmatched Urban Landscape Plans

When Amber started her own business more than a decade ago, her mission was simple: to provide luxury, detail-oriented landscaping services. She’s since compiled a client list featuring the like of Bobbi Brown, Reshma Shetty, David Faucon, and others. When you first contact Amber, the process begins with an on-site consultation so that she can get a feel for your style and vision, as well as determine what will work based on your space. Our landscape design team then works on comprehensive plan drawings that will show you how everything will come together at the end. As aforementioned above, there’s no cookie-cutter approach with our landscape plans. We are happy to include custom features such as turf, pergolas, fences, outdoor kitchens, benches, decks, and more. Once we finalize the design, it’s time to move on to the installation. You can feel comfortable knowing that our general contractor will build out all of the custom features in a way that feels natural and seamless. We can even take your project to the next level with a variety of landscape lighting solutions, such as low-voltage up-lighting in the plants, overhead globe lighting in pergolas and over patios, floodlights, etc. You may be thinking, “What if I don’t like how something looks at a given point during the installation?” Keep in mind that clients appreciate Amber because she demands the absolute best. We never cut corners or hand off tasks to third party services that won’t uphold our high standards. Amber keeps you looped in throughout the installation process and constantly strives to exceed your expectations.

Healing Gardens

How nice would it be to have a beautiful healing garden to help you unwind from a long day? When you come to us for your garden design, we can help you connect with yourself and nature in a much deeper way. Healing gardens engage the senses on a number of levels through aesthetics, fragrance, tactile, experiences, and sound. This could include anything from listening to the sound of leaves rustling to smelling flowers. If you’re currently struggling with depression, anxiety, insomnia, or just lack of energy, you may find that a deeper connection with nature and your garden does wonders for your day-to-day life.  

The Finest Landscape Design Services

Besides healing gardens, Amber can create the outdoor space of your dreams. If you check out our portfolio of garden designs, you’ll find that we can handle it all. We’ve turned heads with backyards, townhouse community gardens, terrace designs, roof deck designs, patio designs, and so much more.    

Don’t settle for a dreary outdoor space any longer. Instead, team with Amber Freda Landscape Design. If you have questions or want to get started, contact us today.