This small courtyard was previously a dark, damp and underused area of a larger cottage garden. Immediately adjacent to the house, the clients wanted the courtyard to be transformed into an outdoor room which could be used as an extension to their living space for relaxing and entertaining. The Cheshire Garden used the idea of a Persian carpet as the basis for the scheme with blocks of paving, gravel and planting creating an attractive geometric design. Other design elements were derived from the surrounding house and garden with colours, shapes and materials carefully selected to ensure that the courtyard sit harmoniously alongside existing features.
Light and Inviting
The completed garden is light and inviting with raised beds rendered in a colour which complements the conservatory and window frames of the kitchen, and mellow sandstone pavers and setts which echo the colour of the brickwork. Outdoor living is delivered with a masonry barbecue, ample seating for guests and creative lighting which allows the courtyard to be used well into the evening or admired from the house. A contemporary water feature has been relocated to create a focal point when viewed from the conservatory, and wrought iron gates in a beautiful organic design ensure the area is self-contained – a necessity to keep the client’s dog from escaping!
Year Round Enjoyment
Planting is predominantly evergreen with splashes of muted colour from bulbs and perennials ensuring that the scheme looks good year-round with relatively low maintenance. Climbers soften the boundary walls, while pleached trees balance the mass of a dominant chimney feature on the side of the house. Squares of low-growing Soleirolia soleirolii, otherwise known as ‘mind-your-own-business’, provide a punch of green within the paving of the ‘Persian carpet’. The space is now one that can be enjoyed all year round.