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Courtyard Garden

  • General view of the garden

    General view of the garden

  • Raised beds painted the same colours as the kitchen units

    Raised beds painted the same colours as the kitchen units

  • Acer palmatum, ferns, Hakonechloa & hellebores in foreground

    Acer palmatum, ferns, Hakonechloa & hellebores in foreground

  • Porcelain paving detail

    Porcelain paving detail

  • Agapanthus and hit & miss fence

    Agapanthus and hit & miss fence

  • Calamagrostis brachytrica & Hebes

    Calamagrostis brachytrica & Hebes

  •  Autumn sun

    Autumn sun

  • Bench & outdoor cushions

    Bench & outdoor cushions

  • The garden at night

    The garden at night

  • Coffee table in side return & garden lighting

    Coffee table in side return & garden lighting

Following an extension to the kitchen and dining area of this Victorian terrace in Chiswick with glass doors giving uninterupted views onto the courtyard, it was really important that the garden looked good all year round. The paving is porcelain using both concrete effect rectangular tiles and wood effect planks for contrast. Planting is at ground level and in some raised beds which have been painted the same colour as the kitchen units. There's a generous built in lounging bench and a small paved area in the side return with a coffee table & chairs. The planting has deliberately been kept fairly simple. Grasses, Calamagrostis brachytrica and Hakonechloa macra, have been used to make the garden feel quite natural, with Agapanthus & Echinacea for seasonal interest. Structure is provided by hebes, which will be kept clipped into loose rounded shapes and by an evergreen Eriobotrya tree in the far right corner. Evergreen ferns & hellebores provide ground cover under an Acer.

Constructed by: the kitchen & loft company

© Sue Creak 2018