“I always use a simple palette of colors,” says garden designer Charlotte Rowe, whose plant picks for the terrace of a young London couple are dominated by greens and pale pinks. Rowe chose plants that could withstand wind and full sun, and most of her selections have a looser habit, allowing them to sway in the breeze and also to serve as a free-spirited contrast to the rectilinear bent of the built structures, whose streamlined aesthetic carries through from the railings and built-in seating to the embedded square light panels in the decking floor. Rowe has found several species that stand up well to terrace environments. For trees, she favors the olive (Olea europaea) and Juneberry (Amelanchier lamarckii). “Both can cope with the heat as well as the cold,” she says.
LEFT: The owners of this terrace, a young London couple who wanted an unconventional design, first had to reinforce their 100-year-old roof to bear the deck’s weight. Once secured, designer Charlotte Rowe installed a series of light fixtures that showcase the plantings, provide general ambience, and, as with the pink strip light, add a spark of the unexpected.