Converted farm courtyard garden
By London garden designer Claudia de Yong. Claudia was asked by this client to design and plant a newly converted farm courtyard area which had already had the hard landscaping put down.
New herbaceous borders were designed with a soft palette of colours and a country cottage feel sympathetic to the building. At one end a low lavender hedge edged a small path onto lawn. Extra large buxus were moved from other areas of the property and used within the design to define entrances.
Planting in drifts and repeating certain colours helps to soften and lead the eye along the borders. The flower beds were unusual shapes and sizes so it was important to repeat planting to take away from the disjointed feel. Climbers were used to soften the building, a weeping birch added height and interest and the whole area was given a good organic compost mulch to encourage growth and discourage weeds.
Using some herbaceous plants that are in other parts of the garden helps to unify the courtyard and not make it feel too disjointed from the rest of the property which has extensive country views.
Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii'
Pulmonaria Bertram Anderson
Betula Pendula Youngii
Iris Perry’s Blue
Papaver Perry’s White
Physostegia Crown of Snow
Heuchera Palace Purple
Nepata Walkers Low
Iris White Swirl
Rosa Mortimer Sackler