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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.

Converted farm courtyard garden by London garden designer Claudia de Yong

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.

Converted farm courtyard garden by London garden designer Claudia de Yong

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.

Converted farm courtyard garden by London garden designer Claudia de Yong

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.

Plants list 


Buxus sempervirens
Lavandula Hidcote
Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii'
Cistus corbariensis
Pulmonaria Bertram Anderson
Centranthus Ruber
Convolvulus cneorum
Geranium Alba
Rosa Albertine
Rhodochiton
Clematis Montana
Betula Pendula Youngii
Iris Perry’s Blue
Papaver Perry’s White
Physostegia Crown of Snow
Festuca Glauca
Hebe Vernicosa
Taxus Baccata
Trachelospermum
Rosa 'Veilchenblau'
Heuchera Licorice
Heuchera Palace Purple
Nepata Walkers Low
Stachys lanata
Stipa Gigantea
Iris White Swirl
Stipa tenuissima
Echinacea 'Sundown'
Alchemilla Mollis
Ilex Golden
Astrantia Major
Agapanthus Blue
Sedum spectabile
Wisteria Alba
Rosa Mortimer Sackler

Designed by claudia de yong

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