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Chelsea roof garden

By London based garden designer Adolfo Harrison. This roof garden used cedar as a lightweight and enduring material to create dappled shade and shelter from the strong winds.

A sedum roof weaves between eleven chimney pots and a curtain of grasses brought movement to the space, unveiling the stunning view beyond.

Chelsea roof garden

The first light of the morning is made even more dramatic seen through the beautifully crafted cedar windbreak.  Breakfast up here has quickly become a family favourite.

Chelsea roof garden

Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster' is the ideal grass for a windy roof as its upright habit keeps on bouncing back.  Here, the upright habit of the grass was  essential so as not to interefere with the vertical lines of the safety railing, which we also mirrored in the vertical slats of the planters.  This harmony was vital as we didn't want to distract from the view of Kensington beyond.

Chelsea roof garden

Roof gardens can be unforgiving places both for plants and humans so shelter from the sun and wind is essential.  Playing with the patterns from the shade is a design feature in itself.

Plants list:

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Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey'
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'
By Adolfo Harrison