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Malahide - Courtyard Garden


Malahide, Co. Dublin

Project Type

Private Garden

Date Completed

17 July 2013


Taking our client’s request for low maintenance on-board the design sees the lawn removed and the introduction of a 3 metre diameter yellow granite circle in the upper corner of the garden. We carried out a shade analysis on the garden and this spot was found to capture the most sun in the evening. It was decided to take the step out of the garden and to create uninterrupted flow from the house to the rear of the garden.

The central garden space is graveled using the Nida-Gravel stabiliser system and filled with 10mm light gold pebble. This provides a firm footing to walk on while keeping a gravel finish. The small garden patio outside the back door is a morning terrace and rectangular stepping-stones lead from this to the afternoon/evening patio to the back of the garden.

We aimed to create a focal point within the garden and designed the edging in such a way as to draw ones eye up the garden along a curved single row of yellow granite setts towards a monolith water-feature. The garden is bordered on both sides and back by new planting beds and the cleared natural-stone wall forms a nice backdrop to the garden.

Space for a garden shed was restricted with the size of the garden, however we designed a small freestanding shed to fit behind a planting border with an informal gravel path leading to the shed door.

An existing Photinia ‘Red Robin’ was retained, despite an imbalance in the crown the specimen plant provides much needed privacy while sitting on the circular patio and will fill out following our careful pruning. Virginia creepers were introduced along the back wall to eventually cover the upper part of the wall. Mixed herbaceous and shrub planting were planted to give all year round colour and interest along with some Japanese Maples and a specimen Sorbus tree.