Ealing

Courtyard

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Brief

We were presented with the challenge of turning this rear terraced garden into a calm and beautiful courtyard for our busy professional clients to enjoy in the evening and at weekends. The garden had 2 mature trees and was surfaced with a combination of paving and artificial lawn. The boundaries were of 4 different types, including 3 different fence panels and a brick wall. Our clients asked us to harmonise the garden so it did not feel as cluttered and to review the layout. Lighting, built in seating and rich planting that included cottage style flowers found in our clients native Dartmoor were all on the wish list.

Solution

We began by selecting a simple palette of three colours and materials that lighten the space whilst still giving a sense of warmth to the space. Grey Sandstone paving was chosen for it’s practical qualities, affordability and ability to make the surfaces look wider by laying large pieces of stone. Western Red Cedar provides a warm finish to the large seating area and will age to a silver grey to give a timeless finish on the bench. The boundaries are painted with a neutral grey colour to harmonise the different fences and brick work, to retain character whilst lifting the feel of the garden and providing a strong back drop for the planting. Planting is a selection of slow growing evergreen plants for year round low maintenance interest, ferns, grasses and flowering herbaceous perennials for drifts of spring and summer colour.

Outcome

A light and airy courtyard has been created and you are instantly drawn to explore the garden as you enter the property. The garden flows with the various levels of the interior rooms that overlook it and the hard materials are softened by the animation of the rich planting scheme that includes Hydrangea, Foxglove, Jasmine, Lavender and Olives.

A light and airy courtyard has been created and you are instantly drawn to explore the garden as you enter the property.

Client, Ealing

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