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London Roof Terrace

Catherine says it is hard to know the best time of day to be on the terrace, whether watching the sun rise over the City’s sky scrapers, entertaining family and friends for lunch, or seeing the sun sink behind distant tower blocks.


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Feature No:   4369 

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The minute Catherine saw the roof terrace, she recognised its potential. ‘Having lived in Primrose Hill all my life, I know how rare it is to find this much space, light and privacy. Most gardens round here are small, shady and damp,’ she says, whilst hers has sweeping views of the London Eye, the Shard and BT Tower. ‘And on fifth November, we get to watch everyone else’s fireworks,’ she adds. Inspired by visits to Beth Chatto’s gravel garden, Catherine then sought out really resilient plants that would cope with the hot dry conditions of her roof terrace, whilst giving year-round interest. Fragrant plants dominate the area round the dining table, with evergreen star jasmine, lavenders and roses such as the rambler ‘Malvern Hills’, or ‘Macmillan Nurse’ which is grown as a standard. Agapanthus are most rewarding, especially the knee-high variety ‘Charlotte’. Catherine also manages to grow her own edibles and has space even for a compact greenhouse.



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