I have created two beautiful garden designs for a downtown penthouse that has two 800 sq ft patios. Right plant right place is our motto so I paid careful attention to the conditions: one patio is cool/warm and shady while the other is super hot and sunny. Being up on the 30th floor and full exposed, there are limited types of plants that can withstand the wind, heat and cold – especially since they will be in pots.
Fibreglass pots and planter have a great insulation property (as well as being light weight) so I designed the garden with only modern, sleek, stylish planters – stunning!
Fortunately, the client and I had similar ideas of the type of plants that would look great and fulfil her requirements for screening, privacy, low maintenance and, of course, plants that would look great.
The logistics are a nightmare but I figured it all out. Since the patios are on the 30th floor of a condo complex, I’d have to have all materials delivered to the street level on the same day and get it up the elevator without making a mess: 3 yards of soil, 46 huge planters, 11 large cedar, 36 boxwood, 24 bamboo, 6 flats of blood grass, etc – you get the idea. We were also asked to design and install a semi-circular raised garden bed constructed of allen blocks – lots of heavy allen blocks!
I’m very proud of the designs and I think that after this project, I can tackle anything!