There were several iterations of layout for this in order to decide how best to split up the terrace area, to establish how many pots, in how many sets and how far into the terrace to bring them. Often it’s as important to look at designs to decide what you don’t want, as it is to decide what you might like, as it really helps narrow down the options and this is exactly the case here.
All the designs that encroached into the middle of the terrace made it feel smaller and more difficult to move about, which meant focussing on sets of pots against the wall and extending them a short distance to create the room effect. The other consideration was the need to and expense of lifting slabs and decking, in order to run the irrigation system into the middle of the terrace. This again helped focus the mind and determined the choice of keeping them adjacent to the walls.
A sunny afternoon of chalking the extents of the planting areas on the terrace floor proved very useful and helped them decide how many sets of planting and how far in to the terrace to go. Then it was case of round, square or rectangular pots, and in what combination.
We found a great supplier just down the road that produced bespoke fibreglass pots to pretty much whatever size and colour you’d like. This enabled me to work up the optimum layout in terms of shapes and sizes and to create differences in heights. We then settled on just 4 different colours for the pots so as not to be too overwhelming.
In terms of planting , we decided on a tree in each external corner to give height and structure without overpowering the area. The trees were chosen for their bark as well as their foliage, so we selected a multi-stemmed silver birch and Tibetan cherry along with a single stemmed olive.
Planting only needed to be designed for the summer as the lucky Clients spend the winter in warmer climes, so a mix of sun loving grasses, shrubs, perennials and climbers were chosen. Vine eyes have been screwed in between the brick courses to tie in the climbers and get them to spread along the walls to soften the brickwork, but without hiding it completely.