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Emma Plunket, Penthouse roof garden Hyde Park (HYDE)

Styles: Contemporary, Roof terraces

Soil types: Sandy

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Neutral

Light: Partial Shade

Aspect: East

Exposure: Exposed

This new roof terrace was created in collaboration with the architects to allow the contemporary furniture, stylish planters and architectural planting complement their design. The toughness of the planting and weight and durability of the furniture and planters are suitable for the sunny and exposed site. A high bar table and chairs allow the view over the Plane Tree filled square to be fully enjoyed. Informal evergreen hedging plants screen and provide a wind break against the prevailing wind. Other plants provide interest all year, with scent and movement while not encroaching on the views. This low maintenance planting of predominantly evergreen shrubs is designed to thrive with the simple automatic irrigation system.

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Emma Plunket

Emma Plunket

About me
I am a professional garden designer and horticultural adviser, working from my studio in Hammersmith London to create gardens across London, the Home Counties and the UK. My gardens have featured in Alan Titchmarsh's 'Love Your Garden' and BBC2's 'Open Gardens', in books and magazines and open for the National Garden Scheme. I am a member of the Society of Garden Designers, Committee Member of the RHS, run workshops and talk and write about gardens.

Gardening expertise
Professional

Biggest gardening accomplishments
Creating a wild meadow garden in the Peak District planted for biodiversity and wildlife. Swathes of colourful ornamental and native meadows planted with Apple and Plum trees, Rowans, Rugosa Roses and ground cover sweep down to the river. The season of interest for visitors and wildlife is extended using bulbs, fruit, berries and hips and leaving seed heads and ornamental grasses standing.

Biggest gardening frustrations
Developing my horticultural expertise to allow my gardens to cope with the extremes of the British climate and the influx of foreign bugs and viruses. Using plant selection to offer my clients lower maintenance and longer lasting planting. Learning alongside international and RHS scientists specialising in latest techniques in tree care, soil science, pest & diseases etc.

The gardening project I am currently working on
Creating a 'brown roof' for a development in Tower Hamlets, liaising with Planning to meet biodiversity and sustainability targets. In contrast to planning a naturalistic river-side garden in rural Hampshire around a natural swimming pond.

Emma Plunket's forum posts

NGS Hammersmith designer garden 13 June 2017
Fri. 20th January 2017 11:26

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