Homes+ (Australia) - - MY BACKYARD -

Why it works Kate has two young chil­dren so the rear rooftop area needed to be child-friendly as well as func­tional and stylish for en­ter­tain­ing. Gar­den de­signer Adam (pic­tured) has cre­ated a space that does just that. WHEN TACK­LING THE PLANT­ING for the rooftop yard, Adam se­lected plants that could with­stand the harsh el­e­ments. Many of the new plants are in pots and hang­ing planters, which are easy for the fam­ily to care for.

“The large planter box is near eye level, so I chose plants for their sculp­tural qual­i­ties and played on tex­ture to cre­ate in­ter­est and depth in such a small space,” ex­plains Adam.

Adam in­stalled a new au­to­mated ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem and Gar­den So­ci­ety visit ev­ery six weeks to look af­ter the gar­den, so it’s very low-main­te­nance. “With Adam, we re­ally cre­ated an oa­sis,” says Kate. “All of a sud­den it was a meet­ing place for our friends and fam­ily. An area to be en­joyed all year – the heart of our home.”

Small scale Adam pot­ted up a se­lec­tion of sun-lov­ing plants in as­sorted pots from Adam Robin­son De­sign.

Green sheen Hand­made green Moroc­can tiles add colour and tex­ture.

Cit­rus zing

The front door was painted in Porter’s Paints Aqua Enamel in Le­mon Lime & Bit­ters. Hello, yellow! San­se­vieria planted in the front yard picks up the colour of the yellow door.

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