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Courtyard Gardens 2

The Monochrome Garden

CourtyardGardens1Simplicity, sustainability and low maintenance was the brief which inspired the contemporary theme for this elegant town house garden.  The plants echo the monochrome landscaping with all the flowers being either pure white or as black as nature allows. 

A paved seating area in front of the summerhouse catches the morning sun for a romantic al-fresco breakfast whilst overlooking a small, still, lily pool.  Stepping stones `float' on the reflective water and lead to a slate shale terrace edged with a low clipped box hedge and borders planted with white and black flowering evergreen shrubs, perennials and climbers.  
 
A day bed placed for afternoon shade is backed by white clematis, lilies, dark leaved heuchera and swathes of tiny black flowered violas.  Shallow steps trace through lushly planted raised beds up to a smart black-stained decked dining area across the rear of the house where, in the summer, the last rays of the sun can be enjoyed - A peaceful haven amongst the hustle and bustle of city life.