Contemporary roof garden, East London, E3

The client had just moved into a flat in this new development in Bow, East London and wanted an uncluttered space for entertaining, a simple, low-maintenance planting scheme and a dedicated area for working out al fresco with his personal trainer.

The existing softwood decking was replaced with Kebony and large fibreglass containers installed with evergreens, tall grasses and spiky plants that can withstand the high winds that sweep through the site and provide a sense of enclosure. Low planters studded with colourful sempervivums divide up the space. Lighting was kept simple; to highlight the planting and provide soft, ambient light on long summer evenings.