Sky Gardens, King's Cross

Sky gardens, King's Cross, London

Another penthouse apartment on the King's Cross development - this time with two good sized roof terraces and very different approaches for each.

The clients had recently moved from a large family home in Hertfordshire to experience urban living and wanted gardens that could offer respite from the uncompromising landscape.

The first terrace, leading directly off the kitchen provided a chic, contemporary dining space. Powder coated steel planters with shrubby evergreen planting offered privacy and shelter, while a white multistem Betula utilis 'Jacquemontii' created a strong focal point, particularly when lit at night.

For the second terrace, the clients wanted a "garden in the sky", with vibrant colour and a wide palette of plants to allow them to carry out some gentle gardening. A low black trough water feature reflected clouds and sky, while an old wrought iron bench - a relic from the old home was set under a metal arch to provide a cosy, sheltered place to sit. A large timber store for sun loungers doubled up as a potting bench.

Landscape contractors: The Garden Builders 

Colourful planting

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Wrought iron bench with rose arch

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Dining terrace at night

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