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Cotswold Cottage
Verdigris Courtyard
The Shared Urban Garden
The multi-functional small urban garden
Unknotting a riverside garden
The Long, Thin, Lost Garden
An Urban Courtyard
The "Nowhere-to-Sit" Garden
Developing a Six-acre Garden
A New Border


Verdigris Courtyard

Verdigris, the grey-green of weathered copper, was the starting point for the design of this small courtyard space in central London.

An adapted gas lantern was all that was to remain in an otherwise empty space and the colour of its metal inspired the choice of grey-mint (often referred to as mint) imported sandstone. This was laid on a forty-five degree angle to fit with the timber raised beds given a wash in a similar colour. The solid oak built in bench seat will weather to silver in time.

Bespoke metal corner arches rise around the space carrying climbers, intermingling to create a seamless flowering from Spring through to late Autumn and the sense of sanctuary from the busy streets outside. Where planting in the ground was not possible, large pots have been used for feature shrubs and ferns in shady corners.

Soft uplighting in the beds and the shelter of the walls make the courtyard an outdoor dining room by night.

finished courtyard

courtyard at night


courtyard before

courtyard rebuild

courtyard after

finished courtyard


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