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Griffith Avenue - Charlemont


Dublin 3

Project Type

Private Garden

Date Completed

15 July 2013


This garden design project consisted of the total revamp of this small city garden. Our clients were looking for a contemporary garden with a wow factor to it. A space that they could sit and relax in themselves and also a space that they could entertain friends and family. Certain functional aspects such as hiding bins and a new smaller shed had to be included in the design.

The garden was a blank canvas with no vegetation and only a surface of gravel, bare walls and some concrete paths. The rationale behind the design was to create separate spaces within the garden while allowing the spaces to act as one by linking materials and forms. Firstly a small curved patio was created outside the main doorways, this linked to a new bin-store area to one side and to a second patio area. Stepping stones run from the house patio through gravel, stepping up to enter a seating space which is enclosed with raised rendered planters at varying heights and widths.

The planting palette is simple but effective. Tall bamboos line the way to the upper garden and also give a back-drop to this upper space. Two Japanese maples are focal plants and contrast nicely with the green of the bamboos. The wide planting bed between the upper and lower garden has three defining box balls surrounded by colourful plants for all year interest.

The walls were plastered and painted white, while the back and side wall of the upper patio were clad in timber and stained to give the space a separate identity and sense of enclosure. The newly constructed shed is situated subtly in the corner with the door opening on to the patio. A hardwood timber bench wraps in an L-Shape around the upper patio and is situated to get most of the evening sun.

Overall a lushly planted, contemporary courtyard feel to this North Dublin Garden