Formal city courtyard

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A calm, private space in Hove, a retreat from a pressured job. The house is Edwardian with (listed) original features. The garden redesign respects the period, but with a contemporary twist. Two brick circles link across the garden. Gravel sweeps around the circles, connecting a raised dining area, a shed and a herb garden with low box and lavender edging. Planting uses waves of evergreen topiary in different textures as a backdrop for red acers and all-white flowers.

 

INNOVATION: Successfully using metal 'Everedge' for things it was never designed for, including facing bricks!

Click here to see the design mood-board and planting plan

Box edging
Box edging

Traditional design for Edwardian building.

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Unifying materials
Unifying materials

Mixed-tone sets blend with surrounding buildings.

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Adding levels
Adding levels

Raised beds and climbers extend the garden upwards.

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Calm planting
Calm planting

Planting focuses on foliage. All flowers are white.

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Courtyard plan
Courtyard plan

Interlocking circles draw focus away from dominant walls.

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Formal design
Formal design

The view as you come through the gate. The clean geometry is softened by planting.

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Garden before

BEFORE
BEFORE

Overgrown shrubs and scruffy lawn.

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BEFORE
BEFORE

Lots of different materials in a small space.

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BEFORE
BEFORE

Five kinds of wall brick. No unity or flow.

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