From Zero to 360° garden on the 6th floor
Newly moved into their attic apartment in Berlin-Mitte, the E/W family quickly realized that the most important thing they needed for their wrap-around terrace was privacy. Not only was I able to give them that privacy but together we developed the idea of dividing the very narrow, long terrace into small rooms that could be used as an extension of the living spaces. The family was also inspired by the abundance of perennials and grasses in Piet Oudolf's garden designs.
Plants with purpose - all year round
If balconies or terraces are visible from indoors, then that is the case for the whole year. Therefore, the planting must have something to offer all year round. In addition to plants that are dynamic - growing, flowering, changing their foliage to create a different picture month after month - I also use static, evergreen plants that continue to provide privacy in key places in winter.
A roof garden is not for every plant
Toof terraces are places of extremes: the sun blazes, the wind whistles and the rain can pound. Plants should not only be able to tolerate these conditions but thrive in them. With the right pots, a good substrate and - of course - a finely tuned selection of plants, the terrace becomes an oasis for both people and wildlife.
As a garden designer I help high-profile clients transforming their roof-top terraces and gardens into pollinator-friendly spaces.
What lights me up: Listening to bumblebees buzzing as I'm planting a new terrace in the middle of busy Berlin. Seeing birds from our kitchen table when they visit our terrace in winter. Hearing a paper wasp rasping the outer layer of one of last year's flower stalks - just meters away from my home office desk.
What I believe in: You can make your life richer when you begin to invite life into the space you're entrusted with - even if it is as tiny as a window box. As you get in touch with nature - right where you are and in your everyday life - you life will get so much bigger.
What I wish for you: I would love for you to experience the calm and joy that comes with being in your very own oasis.
You want your terrace to be a place of joy and abundance - for you, your family and wildlife in the city.
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➽ know your next steps
➽ feel confident about selecting your new favorite plants
➽ start planting this weekend
➽ do less garden maintenance and enjoy your terrace more
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