Oasis in the City
The clients for this project were looking for a complete transformation of the gloomy, concreted courtyard to the rear of their Georgian cottage into an oasis in the city. The design needed to deliver a garden which would be both attractive and functional, accommodating both parking and utilities, all within a limited space. The clients wanted a pleasant place to sit and to entertain while keeping maintenance to a minimum.
Distinctive Circular Design
The design for the garden was based around a series of interconnecting circles of different sizes creating an interesting and distinctive layout and delineating the space into discrete areas. Using the surrounding landscape for inspiration, reclaimed brick and limestone paving were selected for the hard landscaping. This gives the small garden a warmth and links with the colours of neighbouring properties. It is also an attractive feature in its own right as the circular motif is replicated in the paving details.
A grey, metal structure was erected to screen the secluded sunken seating area from the parking space, with the same materials replicated in gates which secure the garden from the street outside. Recycling bins have been discretely accommodated beneath a raised bed while a wooden seat with integrated storage maximises the use of limited space. Pleached Magnolia grandiflora were installed to balance the height of the opposing wall and increase privacy, while also linking to planting in the surrounding area. Climbers such as Clematis and Passiflora use the height of the perimeter, and foliage plants such as Fatsia polycarpa ‘Green Fingers’ provide structure and year-round interest.
“The final design exceeded our expectations. While separating and concealing the parking area, the design also ensures that it is as attractive as the main area, and available for use when entertaining larger numbers. Jane has been a delight to work with, and we would highly recommend her and her work to anyone looking for a garden designer.”