SHADY COURTYARD GARDEN, LONDON
The brief involved a relatively simple redesign of a dark, small north east facing courtyard garden in central London. The clients, non gardeners, but keen on improving their outdoor space following a stunning kitchen extension, 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.
A swatch of Pucci fabric inspired the planting colour scheme, where an existing bright pink rose needed to fit with the new softer shades.
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 with annual reviews to check progress.