This courtyard was a real pleasure to work on with a fantastic family as my clients. A small courtyard space, with bags of potential and viewed by the kitchen and living room, had been left by the house builders with a plain patch of lawn and a narrow sandstone path stuck to the house walls. The clients were keen for a fountain and perhaps a raised bed, but apart from that weren’t sure what they wanted. After a fun design phase the layout was settled, making much more use of the space and realising its potential – I think this project is a great example of how you don’t need a lot of room to make a big impact.

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The fountain was selected by the clients and then everything designed around that. Paving materials used were warm but formal, with an emphasis on the natural and handmade: tumbled limestone paving with handmade clay paver edging and herringbone sections. Porcelain was used to clad the raised bed with a chunky sandstone coping. A complementary gravel was used the mulch the planting areas which were filled with a mixture of smaller woody shrubs and predominantly evergreen/semi-evergreen perennials for year-round interest. Hydrangeas will steal the show when flowering but the Salvia greggii will provide best value for money as it continues flowering until just after the first frosts – a real winner of a plant.

A bespoke bench/screen was made with split-hazel facing and a large moon-arch was incorporated to frame the view out over the rest of the garden and onto the South Norfolk farmland stretching beyond. An app/voice controlled lighting system was installed to ensure the space earns its keep even in the winter months, and ensures the party can continue long into the night.

Please see a gallery of the construction process for this garden below. Click on the first image to load the gallery, and each image is then accompanied by a caption with a little more information

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