November 30, 2014

A gardener’s Roof Terrace in Manchester

This year, we have been fortunate enough to be commissioned to design and oversee the construction of a number of roof terraces in several different cities in the UK and you can see some of our previous work  on our portfolio page as well as on the Houzz site. The latest to be completed is…

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September 7, 2014

Gorgeous grasses

I have always had a love for ornamental grasses and the contribution they make to a planting scheme. At Capel Manor college some 15 years ago, where I first studied landscape design, there were some great  mixed perennial planting schemes including grasses and  I started to develop a big love for this family of plants…

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August 8, 2014

Contemporary roof garden design in Birmingham

At Poppyhead Consultancy we love to design contemporary roof terraces (as well as a range of other contemporary spaces including gardens, courtyards, sensory gardens and kitchen gardens).   Recently we have completed another roof terrace, this one in Birmingham.  This blog describes and shows how we have transformed the space into a relaxing retreat for our…

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May 26, 2014

Up on the roof: creation of a contemporary roof terrace

Over the past several weeks, one of our roof terrace schemes has been created, 15 floors up, with spectacular views of Manchester and beyond. Usually, when a landscape build is taking place you say it is ‘on the ground’; here, it is very definitely ‘in the sky’! It is a stunning location and, with the…

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March 31, 2014

Contemporary Roof Terraces: Hard landscaping materials & features

  In previous blogs about Poppyhead Consultancy’s interest in Roof Terraces , we have talked about some of the roof gardens we love as well as our own roof garden planting approaches.    Here I am going to talk about the hard materials and features and some of the important considerations when designing outside space on a…

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March 8, 2014

Raising the roof with Lavender!

This week I was fortunate enough to attend a series of workshops at the Kensington Roof gardens in London, about yes, you’ve guessed it: Green Roofs and roof gardens!! As you know, this is a particular interest of ours as we design roof terraces as part of our portfolio of outside spaces.   One of the…

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January 27, 2014

Contemporary Roof Terraces : Poppyhead Planting Design approaches

  As you will know if you have read my previous blogs on the subject, I am a great fan of gardens in the sky, with memories of the stunning High Line in New York and Promenade Plantee in Paris as well as visions of terraces closer to home-you might say I am a roof terrace…

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December 8, 2013

On top of the world: The Birmingham Library Roof Terraces

My recent visit to Birmingham was memorable for a number of reasons; firstly I met with so many great businesses and the entrepreneur shopkeeper himself Theo Paphitis at the SBS awards at the ICC.  It was an inspiring and enjoyable event, meeting with so many fantastic small businesses from chocolate makers to lawyers.  It was…

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November 11, 2013

Lets take it from the top: Roof Gardens

I have always had a fascination and love of roof gardens; gardens in the sky, above the buzz and smog of the city and I have had visitor experiences of public roof gardens in major cities like London, Paris, New York (wow, that is sounding a little bit like a perfume promotion, but you get my…

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