After spending a full day of searching EVERYWHERE, Jeff and I have figured out the cheapest way to create our rooftop deck garden! I was hoping to keep everything at $1000 with the decking, plants and furniture, but that was overly idealistic. We aren’t too far off, but it will be closer to $1700, and we might be able to save a little here and there as we get going. We wanted to maximize the entertaining area/seating and minimize on plant care, so we settled on boxwoods that are those bushes you can prune into shapes or animals…maybe one day we will have 10 little giraffe topiaries. We will supplement the boxwoods with pots of tall grasses or maybe (to save money), just some lawn grass. Perhaps with pink flamingos stuck in them? Our only concern are the Ikea stools that sort of look like trash cans upside down. We are hoping that with a lot of them, some used as plant stands and some as seating at the table, they will seem more like a statement than an accident.
We start building next weekend, so cross your fingers and we will keep you posted on the progress!
Here is a collage of what we found with the prices, should you be in the market for an all new outdoor area yourself: