Rooftop Oasis

Cremorne Point, NSW


A contemporary roof garden was created on the roof space of an existing apartment building commanding magnificent views of Sydney Harbour.

The brief was to create a low maintenance roof garden in planters which would tolerate harsh winds, minimal watering,and not to conflict with the dramatic harbour panorama. A low hedge of Buxus Microphylla was chosen with a Mondo border as it was deemed hardy. The owner favored continuity and predominantly green backdrop with Bouganivllea to provide colour. The plants, soil, pebbles and other materials were craned up four storeys to the roof. The fiberglass planters were positioned and placed on the periphery of the decking and then planted out.

The overall effect is nothing short of spectacular and now affords the clients a wonderful rooftop retreat.


"I have known Stephen Yates for several years. He completed a unique project landscaping my rooftop terrace and I would happily recommend him. Stephen did an amazing job choosing the most hardy and attractive plants to withstand the harsh conditions of the roof terrace. Stephen consulted on the specifications for the fiberglass pots that were made to house the plants. He was able to liaise with my builder regarding the crane lift of soil and plants. He also recommended the installation of a drip system and feeding program that has seen the garden flourish. The project was unique and Stephen provided a wealth of information and advice which resulted in a spectacular garden that is thriving under intense weather conditions. I found Stephen to be very honest, reliable and most importantly to have the creative talents to implement this vision. I would happily recommend Yates Garden Design and have referred him many times."

Diane O’Neill - Cremorne Point, Sydney