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Bry R

Our south-facing terrace has an almost constant crosswind so we've had to be very careful choosing the hardiest plants.

When designing the courtyard garden below we made sure to allow for an outside tap to feed up to the terrace, otherwise everything would have died in last summer's awful heatwave.

The climbing jasmine should provide more privacy as it develops, as will the poor palm which has so far withstood hail and the easter heatwave. There's also a small sail providing some shade.

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A concrete jungle will never satisfy Man. We all crave the green stuff... So balcony transformations are essential. Some beautiful green spaces here for those who live 'the high life'...

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The successfulness of roof terraces are largly dictated by location and orientation. A friend has a large south facing terrace in a penthouse apartment overlooking the river Thames. The main issue with the terrace, this elevated kind, is wind and sun burn. Succulents and Hebes cohabiting in large container have been the only real successful planting thus far. Everything else just dies in a season or looks very unhealthy ... particularly the bamboo, Acer's and hydrangeas. Large plastic 'terracotta looking' planters with no drainage holes, a third full of polystyrene seem to be able to hold a water reserve that aids survival of the plant that have leaves tough enough not to be dried out and shredded by wind and sun. Perhaps small olive trees or bays might fair better?


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