Contemporary Roof Terrace

City gardener Matt James transforms a boring balcony into a modern rooftop terrace.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionExperiment with conifers that have prostrate, mounding, upright and weeping forms.
The river birch standing tall in one corner also tolerates the harsh conditions on this terrace. Trees in pots are great for small gardens because restricting their roots means that the tree dwarfs itself and won't get too big for its pot. But trees in pots do need extra care. Remember to keep them well fed and well watered and they'll be fine.

Note: Conifers are the quintessential plants for a balcony or a roof terrace, as they don't mind exposure to the wind or the sun. They also have needles that allow the wind to move right though while plants with much larger leaves have more surface area to resist the wind.