Hackney courtyard

A small garden, such as this, needs to function well as an additional room. The aim was to create a tranquil and peaceful retreat from town life as well as an attractive view from inside the house.

A crab apple tree in the corner is a focal point, its blossom and fruits providing year round interest. Evergreen climbers, shrubs and ground cover form a backdrop to the varied planting. Peace and harmony are created with sweet smelling herbs and roses in the sun, and gentle woodland planting on the shadier side of the garden.