Courtyard Style Garden

Dukes Avenue – Private Residence


Private Client

Status: Completed

This small rear courtyard style garden behind a most attractive house was overshadowed by large conifers which dominated the space and restricted options.

The client brief was to plan for most of these to be removed and create a wonderful courtyard style garden for entertaining, with some distinct seating and relaxation spaces to follow the sun as well as attractive views from the house to better connect the house to the outside space. In consultation with our designers, the client agreed to remove all the conifers bar a couple on the boundary, and to add back in some more good-tempered structural trees to keep the element of privacy whilst create shape and form without the worry of overshadowing the garden in the future.

An attractive large pergola structure houses a dining area that is partially screened from the main house views, and a separate small seating area and decorative panel form a focal point along a main path from the house.  The “roof form” trees are a joy, giving structure, framing, and dappled shade, as well as autumn colour. The planting is mixed shrubs, perennials and grasses in cooler colours, giving a lush and enclosed feel to the space, and softening down the formal shapes of the hard landscaping. The central axis from the main French windows now has a framed view of a paved firepit area with high quality brick paviours adding texture and a traditional feel to the space that matches the house perfectly.

The overall effect is of a courtyard style garden with low maintenance layered planting and several separate seating areas whilst retaining views across the space and leading the visitor into the lawn. This is a total transformation, making the outside space as important as the inside.

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Landscaped Garden

wooden pergola

Hanging egg chair

paved firepit

wooden garden bench

landscaped garden

before garden renovation