The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 29, 1998 · Page 375
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 375

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, March 29, 1998
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46 THE PALM BEACH POT RESIDENCES ADVERTISING SECTION S.UNQAY,,, MARCH 29,,. 1998 n il It ) 1 i How to create garden retreat on your rooftop have accumulated. "This is really an easy garden to maintain," Hichman said. "There are no weeds, and I enjoy grooming and deadheading the plants and replacing them with new ones when necessary." At night, an elaborate lighting system accents the plants and fountain with decorative shells, bells and spotlights. "We spent close to $15,000 to renovate the space and love it so much that we would have done so if it had cost twice as much," Hickman said. Not all balcony gardens need to be as elaborate. Recently, Roth designed a simple collection of large and small containers for Don Lorentzen. His Newport Beach condominium provides dramatic ocean view's, so Roth designed the two balconies with what she terms "a beachy look," with white decorative pots clustered on the white tile of the balconies attached to the living room and master bedroom. Lorentzen is a retired Marine, confined to a wheelchair, and wanted a low-maintenance planting that included some flowers. Liriope surrounded with trailing blue lobelia, begonia Richmondensis, ficus and pygmy date palm (Phoenix roebelenii) are the foundation plants. Ageratum, alyssum and pansies provide colorful accents. '1997, Karen Dardick. Distributed by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. annuals. Plants such as artemesia Powis Castle and phormium Maori Queen add foliage variation. Dwarf citrus, star jasmine, gardenias, trailing rosemary and several varieties of lavender add more fragrance. Roth and Hickman selected red and orange as the primary color scheme, accented with punches of white and blue, in harmony with the home's furnishings. "When creating balcony gardens, it's very important to extend the interior decor outside," Roth said. "The Hickman garden has a Spanish-Italian influence to complement the condo design and interior decorations." Bougainvillea Orange King and B. San Diego Red dominate the garden. Their colors are repeated in planters filled with trailing nasturtiums and highlighted with red miniature roses. Roses Double Delight, Broadway and Iceberg fill several more planters, and lobelia Blue Moon adds blue accents. A wide shelf fastened to the perimeter trellising holds 15-gallon decorative French pots that raise the color to eye level. Additional pots are clustered at various sites in the small garden. All containers rest on decorative frogs to permit drainage. Once a year, maintenance includes lifting the decking so the drains can be cleaned from any root systems that may By KAREN DARDICK Two years ago, Gloria Hickman sat on a barren cedar deck that covered half the garage attached to her condominium. She gazed at the few plants struggling to survive in containers she had planted in a vain attempt to beautify the space, which was clearly visible from the attached guest nxm. After a few futile attempts, she con- vinced her husband they should bring in professional help to renovate the area. The transformation was dramatic. Now, the 5-by-23-foot rooftop is a lush garden containing 11 redwood planters of various shapes and sizes. They're filled with robust greenery, graceful vines, fragrant flowers and a rose-covered arbor where a terracotta lion's-head fountain adds the graceful sounds of water to an urban retreat. "We like our neighbors, but it's nice to have a private space for relaxing and entertaining," Hichman said. "If we'd known how nice this was. we would have done it a long time ago." Hickman admits she wanted to join the swelling ranks of garden hobbyists and had already used the atrium and patio space available at her condo. Fortunately, the condo complex was designed so the garage roofs could be accessed via a sliding-glass door leading from an adjacent bedroom. Many of the owners had installed simple decking for the rooftops. Hickman hired contractor Dave Benson of Newport Beach, Calif., who replaced cedar decking with redwood to cover the entire surface. I le enclosed the space with trcllising, installed water, electricity and a drainage system, and constructed redwood planters. The Hickman enlisted the help of Ann Roth, who heads Colorscape, the landscape design division of Roger's Gardens in Corona del Mar, Calif. Roth guided the fledgling gardener with design, plant selections and installation. Hickman maintains the garden herself and enjoys experimenting with different types of seasonal annuals, herbs and roses. "This is a thrill for a new gardener who's never had a yard," she said. The vine-clad trellising creates a definite sense of privacy, and the space is both visually enticing and appealing. A glass-topped patio table with an umbrella and four chairs occupies the sunny center. An inviting chaise lounge provides a quite nook for relaxing under the arbor, colorfully clad with Cecile Bmnner roses, fragrant stephanotis, wisteria and blood-red trumpet vine. The planters surround the perimeter and are packed with culinary and aromatic herbs, foundation perennials and seasonal "Bob Knows Waterfront" Bob Lvnch 625-1008 i EST 4n &rrt fSStBm 3l Zj Illustrated properties 626-tooo Ext 221 ' rN 4. l4 TIARA SINGER ISLAND J d JUNO BEACH SURF Directly on the beach, end unit. Hard to find 3 Bedrooms "iBaths, large kitchen and Dining area, screened balconv, low fees, heated pool, garage, asking $2ri9.000. Bob l.vnch 625-lftW Oreanviews 2 Bedroom 2 Bath, Gorgeous view surround this unit. Now carpet amenities galore, valet restaurant. Heated pool. fpa. exfrnso mom. covered parking and more' Seller savn Bring offers $ 1 79 000 B. 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