Glasnevin garden

Stylish sanctuary

garden in Glasnevin, Dublin City

I was contacted by my client (P.) in Glasnevin, as she really had “had enough” of her current small courtyard garden design, which lacked imagination and quality of finish. Her brief was for me to design a polished courtyard garden with minimal planting but which would make the most of the space so that she and her family could enjoy sitting and eating outdoors (Irish weather permitting!). However, P. was very clear that neither she nor her husband are gardeners and they did not want too many plants; the garden should be easy to maintain and look stylish, so that it was appealing both from within and when viewed from the kitchen/dining room at the rear of the house.

I decided that a change in level would add a lot to the garden in terms of adding interest to a small space. Furthermore, I was cognisant of the fact that in a small garden the finishes are really important, as they are all immediately visible to the user. We decided to go with beige colours for the paving and to bring wood into the design to create warmth and add naturalness, albeit in a crisp, designed manner.

The instant effect of this garden has been to create a smart space that the family can use for entertaining. Whilst there is a substantial degree of paving, this is required to make the space useable. The low maintenance planting is in raised planters, which gives a sense of enclosure to the space and also making it easy to access for maintenance (less bending down needed!).