The clients wanted to create a paved courtyard with a lighter, more spacious, feel. They wanted space for a dining table and the ubiquitous barbeque, and a lounging area. It was also important to screen the 3-storey building immediately behind the garden, which had an excellent view in to the kitchen. The clients garage in the far corner, and the properties behind the garden, were on higher ground so some sort of raised structure had to be retained to support the change in level and provide access to the garage.
The new design opens-up the garden, creating a dining space, a lounging space and leaving lots of room for colourful planting.
The change in level across the back of the garden is supported with a brick raised bed which extends around the side boundary. A row of four Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ screen the properties behind. With properly controlled roots these will never compromise the new paving. A cantilevered bench nestles in the ‘U’ of the raised beds using them as a back rest.
The space between the house and the garage was boxed-in to provide storage for all the garden paraphernalia. The steps to the garage were reconfigured and the view of them from the house was blocked with a wall. A feature pot or piece of sculpture will sit in front of the wall, set amongst planting, to create a focal point from the kitchen and the bench.
The dining table and BBQ sit neatly in the side-return, outside the living room.
By summer the plants in the raised beds will be spilling over the sides. In time the Trachelospermum and Schizophragma will cover the boundaries and the trees will completely screen the view in to the garden from the houses behind.
Location: Norwich, Norfolk, NR2
Semi-mature Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ supplied by Barcham Trees
Pictures taken in early spring, 4 months after planting.