Intricate design details bring this small inner city courtyard garden to life. The Small Garden's Senior Designer Tom worked closely with the home owner to create a garden that incorporated many different and innovative design ideas.
The key was to keep the design details subtle and gently add layers of depth to the garden. By working with a simple palette of ironbark timber and stone the detailed craftsmanship becomes a feature in its own right, such as the herringbone lay of the terracotta tiles and the inlaid timber border detail.
Mass planting in the garden creates a sense of softness as well as a feeling of lush abundance. The garden features many bespoke elements, including a custom made water feature trough which the client saw similar on a trip to France. After sourcing two large solid sandstone blocks, Tom hand chiselled the blocks so they could hold the water to feed the sandstone water flutes. Sitting surrounded by foliage the troughs look age-old as if they have been uncovered and repurposed. This is a garden space full of vignettes that invites exploration, allowing each layer to be unveiled over time. A garden that reflects the unhurried nature of artisan crafts and celebrates the quiet contemplation of hidden beauty.