An “L” shape terrace could be very becoming when it comes to having a variety of plants, depending on the orientation, it could have areas with full sun, so that you can plant trees or flowering plants, it could give you the pleasure of a very complete and colorful garden.
I was asked to design this terrace with the idea of creating an orchard, a tea area and a place to take sun during the summer. The terrace is placed in a 4th floor with neighbors in both endings; its orientation is half sun in every area during the day.
The plan that I came out is the following:
– The tea area (on the right) consist in a place with outdoor sofa and a little tea table, it is placed in the most accessible zone, right after the access door and under an already existing tend. The sun hits until 2 or 3pm. Plant’s selection: Hydrangea macrophylla on each side of the outdoor sofa, Trachelospermum jasminoides that gives intimacy to the terrace and small Edera helix that falls in every vase.
– The orchard area (on the left) is placed on the second end of the terrace, the sun hits there all the afternoon. There’s Salvia, Rosmarinum and Thymus as perennials and other herbs like basil and parsley are placed in different vases, so that in winter they can use the vases for other plants or vegetables.
– The relaxing area is in the same area as the orchard, so that they can use it during the afternoon and it’s not visible from the Tea area. There are 3 round vases that form a “shower area” for a refreshing time after a summer afternoon taking the sun, here the plant’s selection are a mix of perennial plants like Hemerocallis and grasses like Carex.
– The angle of the “L” shape terrace needed to be as important as every part of the terrace, it could be a new sitting area in the future, so the plant’s selection was a small tree Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’ and a mix of perennial plants on the ground like a Hosta invincible (a sun resistant variety for intense summers), Heuchera ‘Berry Smoothie’ and Festuca glauca that gives color even during the winter.
This was one of my solutions to this terrace and the selection of plants is just an idea of what it could be, we just have to be clear on what we want and the rest will come.