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Pimlico Roof Garden

With the help of garden designer Sarah Jane Rothwell, John Collier and his wife have converted a tiny roof space measuring just 7m x 5m, in central London, surrounded by high rise buildings into a green leafy idyll.


GAP Photos/Richard Bloom - Designer: Sarah Jane Rothwell/London Garden Designer. Landscaper: Belderbos Landscapes

Feature No:   3887 

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It is only the fantastic views of Battersea Tower station and the Thames that are a reminder that you are not in fact in an English country garden. That was one of Sarah’s main aims when designing the space, to create a very green feel. Hence the artificial lawn which is both ‘no’ maintenance and green all year round whatever the weather. Being on a roof it was crucial to create both shade and privacy. Both a bower covering an integral seating area and a pergola provide this shelter plus structures to grow climbing plants. Sarah chose a soft fresh palette of whites, blues, pinks and Purples to contrast with the surrounding grey hard landscapes. The plants selected also had to be robust given their exposed position on the roof. Lavenders, Penstemons, Hardy geraniums, grasses and Bamboo in containers amongst others were used. Erigeron karvinskianus fill the raised decorative blue planters softening edges and adding to the soft lush feel. Climbing shrubs creep over the structures again softening the hard edges and providing shade. With its integral seating area with soft furnishings and an attractive bistro style table and chairs the roof terrace provides a space in which to relax and seek restpite from the bustling city. John agrees as he sits in his cosy green urban retreat that Sarah has succeeded a rare feat by creating a roof terrace garden with the feel of an English country garden in the middle of London.



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