Courtyard sanctuary

This once-loved traditional rose garden had fallen in to some disrepair over the decades since it was first planned. The enclosed area, an inner space within a larger garden setting, needed a solution that reflected the contemporary design-led tastes of the client.   

The poor ground condition and a need to introduce three-dimensional interest presented an opportunity to introduce a series of interlocking raised beds on three different levels. The beds were formed of substantial horizontal timbers, with a third of the beds encased in mild steel to provide a textural & visual contrast. The steel will gradually weather over time to a deep rust colour, which will provide a striking foil for the planting.

A detail line of sandstone setts leads the eye from the rear of the house through the imposing Yew hedge towards the repositioned Alan Foxley sculpture, now enhanced by the dramatic Laurel hedge background. Two generously-sized benches were positioned to take advantage of the beautiful canopy of trees surrounding the property. The same sett detail, when seated at one of the benches, again leads the eye towards the elegant form of the Betula utilis and maintains the link between this inner sanctuary and the garden spaces beyond its boundaries.

The overgrown existing garden felt cluttered & unrestful

The overgrown existing garden felt cluttered & unrestful

Design layout to take advantage of all the space in the garden

Design layout to take advantage of all the space in the garden

Jasmine will fill the air around the bench with scent

Jasmine will fill the air around the bench with scent

Linking the inner courtyard with the larger garden beyond

Linking the inner courtyard with the larger garden beyond

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