COURTYARD, KENSAL RISE, LONDON
This was a relatively simple redesign of a dark, small north east facing courtyard garden in central London.
The clients were not gardeners but were keen on improving their outdoor space following a stunning kitchen extension. They wanted something low cost and low maintenance, with room to entertain/soak up the sun.
We retained and relaid the existing pavers to increase the sun/entertainment space on the west facing side and created a wider curving bed on the back corner.
The existing ceanothus shrub had its canopy lifted and is now underlit, adding a sculptural presence. Subtle lighting of the step and uplighting the tree allows the garden to be seen from the inside at night, and makes evening entertaining easier.
Using a mix of evergreen, shade loving plants in the main bed and more sun-tolerant planting in the Corten planters, with pops of colour from geranium psilostemon and annuals and bulbs, this is a simple scheme with year-round interest.
Completed Spring 2021.