Category Archive: Town gardens

Family garden in a walled Islington courtyard

Tender shrubs in a central London courtyard

Busy professional lives had led this Islington courtyard to become gradually overgrown, to the extent it was no longer a pleasure to its owners. The challenge was to make it into an attractive an outdoor room for a young family – whilst contaminated ground issues meant that the existing raised beds had to stay. I …

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Majorelle blue in Central London

The brief was for Majorelle blue in this London courtyard.

Compact and, when I encountered it, overgrown with lavish swags of passion-flower-gone-native, the brief for this Central London courtyard garden was to incorporate Majorelle Blue from the famous garden in Marrakech. Amazingly, Majorelle Blue paint is not commercially available and a bespoke solution was required. What emerged was a sophisticated entertaining space with carefully chosen …

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