A series of intimate spaces in this courtyard garden Shirehampton
**The above images have been taken prior to painting of the rendered walls and lighting installation
The clients of this courtyard garden Shirehampton wanted a radical transformation to give them somewhere for relaxation after work and on weekends. Interconnected and stand alone raised beds create a series of intimate spaces. Stepping out of the kitchen-diner a composite deck adjoins the house where a built-in bench of composite decking nestles between raised beds. Here, herbs are planted for ease of access and scented climbers are trained up the wall behind. A step up leads to a secondary raised deck where a trio of slate planters sit atop a low wall.
To the rear of the garden the decking is complimented with slate paving. The paving is interspersed with ground cover planting adding texture. An upright Corten steel fireplace doubles as a sculptural feature. Seating up to six people, a generous L-shaped built-in bench is also constructed from composite decking. Opposite, a stand alone raised bed is home to a specimen Acer tree that will provide interest through the seasons. Western red cedar slatted fencing runs the perimeter of the garden, beautifully disguising the assortment of neighbouring fences.
The planting maximises the different aspects of the garden. A scheme of orange and purple flowering perennials are featured in the south facing bed. Carefully selected species continue the theme with plants that are happy in some shade such as Alchemilla mollis positioned in the north facing spots. The lighting design for this courtyard garden is dominated by down lighting to create a very soft overall effect. LED strip lighting is installed beneath the benches while spike spot lights highlight the specimen plants.