London Courtyard Garden
This small courtyard presented a number of challenges due to its enclosed aspect, and unusual shape. Rather than try to form straight lines, we decided to embrace its distinct outline by emphasizing the space with additional quirky angles and contemporary materials, whilst maintaining a soft palette of planting.
The garden was previously used as off street parking and was paved with dark block pavers. Key to the success of the design within this narrow London Courtyard, was the use of poured resin bound gravel, which formed a seamless surface material, light in colour and adaptable to our unusual angles. The light silver grey offsets the use of Cor-Ten and orange within the garden, creating a restrained palette that is echoed in the planting.
One of the key views as you entered the courtyard, was off an unattractive, but practical shed. We screened this view with a partition Cor-Ten arch, and painted the shed dark grey. The arch serves to entice you into the space, and a framed Cor-Ten Rose arch echoes its silhouette, forming the view out from the lounge. Additional details such as the decorative wall tiles create visual impact, within the overall colour scheme. The client's furniture has been reused, and she is delighted with the finished courtyard, that has been transformed into a garden that is far more spacious and attractive, with plenty of seasonal planting interest.