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The successfulness of roof terraces are largly dictated by location and orientation. A friend has a large south facing terrace in a penthouse apartment overlooking the river Thames. The main issue with the terrace, this elevated kind, is wind and sun burn. Succulents and Hebes cohabiting in large container have been the only real successful planting thus far. Everything else just dies in a season or looks very unhealthy ... particularly the bamboo, Acer's and hydrangeas. Large plastic 'terracotta looking' planters with no drainage holes, a third full of polystyrene seem to be able to hold a water reserve that aids survival of the plant that have leaves tough enough not to be dried out and shredded by wind and sun. Perhaps small olive trees or bays might fair better?

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Amy's Garden Design

Beautiful! I love creating balcony/patio spaces!

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Bry R

Summer update on our terrace

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