2015 BALI Award Winner - A Courtyard Garden


British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI)

Domestic Garden Construction Award Winner 2015 - Contemporary Courtyard Garden

Designed and built by Creative Landscape Co.

The Brief

Our client required an outdoor living space for relaxing and entertaining that would link seamlessly with a new rear extension and complement the new interior style.  It was important to quickly re-establish privacy from neighbours and a nearby road as well as integrating a large mirror, outdoor kitchen and water feature into the design.

The Design

The new extension opens fully onto a paved courtyard space which is divided into smaller furnished garden rooms designed for relaxing and entertaining.   A limited palette of materials creates a cohesive, relaxing environment that the owners love to spend time in.

The design combines paving, rendered walls, raised planters and planting within the garden to divide up the limited space and to soften boundary lines. Defined areas for seating, cooking and dining were designed to maximise use of the space and the available sunlight to create a garden that provides year round interest. 

Subtle lighting to key planting provides added drama while back lit fusion glass slot windows add a little mood lighting to the moving water between them.  The large mirror was incorporated behind layered planting to envoke the feeling of more light and space.


A carefully selected, simple planting palette combines topiary with softer grasses and perennials for structure and seasonal interest whilst mature pleached trees create a living boundary for instant privacy.  Simple irrigation was also added to aid establishment.

Clients' comments: "I would like to thank you and your team for a fantastic job.  You have managed to deliver exactly what we wanted - a garden that becomes part of the house! We loved your design and the total professionalism of your company. It is refreshing to see a team that takes so much care and pride in their work. Everyone has been first class.

Our friends and family cannot believe the transformation and we just love the finished job. It has been great to see the garden evolve as the planting develops and we look forward to years of enjoyment."  

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