Large Cypress Trees
Lavender and Rosemary
Mixed Wild Planting
Trailing and High Level Planting
Handbuilt and Bonsai Trees
Nice idea for a modern under-street lightwell, textured walls and a long trough with bamboo at each of the short sides. They’re 60cm tiles, so the planter is around a metre long and the overall height close to 2.8m. We do quite a few of these.
Very arty angle! This is in the West End, with one of those dismal views out of the back that you so often get there. These are custom made narrow planters, and the bamboo goes to over 2m. The picture’s wonky because we left the wide-angle lens at the office…
Like terracotta, we don’t see enough nice baskets. These were quite a size, maybe 60cm across and the ceiling was 2.8m, so we made them look lush and full. The place wasn’t finished when we installed, so one would hope there’s a mural or mirror on that large blank wall now!
Back to showing off! Paddington Basin, I think, and it must have been a 40m run. We spent a long time playing with the heights of the trunks and the density so it looked like it was doing better in some places than others. The bloke on the right seems to prefer a chair to the bean-bags, though.
A more human scale for this one – these are our narrow (only 18cm deep) planters on a glazed balcony with lightly planted 1m fine leaf bamboo – so you lose the minimum of floor space. Again, easy to see out - but plenty of privacy if you wanted to wear a kilt.
Ok, here come the giant ones! Vodafone HQ, they’re 11m tall and the brief was that people would look out at greenery from all the floors. They came in to the building horizontally and it took eight of us to get them upright! As an idea of scale, there’s a person on the sofa lower right, and that’s part of a Formula One car…
A stylish balcony run of individual bamboo in tapered planters, the idea being to break the view without losing too much light. You can see out but they can’t see in. Whoever ‘they’ may be…
Another terrace, this time the restaurant on the 5th floor at Harrods. The bamboo are only 90cm tall and are actually between two sheets of safety glass. We had to slide them in from one end, like diabolical Lego! There’s marram grass in-between the troughs, as well.
Ok, just showing off! Here’s a mix of the usual roof terrace suspects, olives, rosemary, marram grass – plus three really chunky groups of bamboo, double density to work as a wind break.