This small, walled courtyard garden has been turned into an ideal summer retreat perfect for socialising and relaxing. The eye is immediately drawn to the charming grey and cream painted arbour come summer house. Pretty hanging baskets and pots bursting with pink petunias pick out the fuchsia scatter cushions within the inviting space
"I love the planting here, it looks every bit at home in a natural, wild looking bed that's not too modern. A perfect idea for a small courtyard garden. You could also tend it easily according to each season."
Credit: Sophia Evans/Sophia Evans In a back garden in Chiswick, west London, garden designer Kate Gould has made the most of a minuscule plot, by carefully selecting the hard landscaping, limiting the colour palette and restraining herself at the nursery.
green-home: I think painting a tiny courtyard garden wall, in a strong colour is a great way to create cohesion outdoors. It also makes a striking backdrop for lush green shade planting. I’m looking at Dulux for mixed-to-order coloured masonry paints. Photograph by Russell Smith I painted my backyard fence in same color and my plants look a lot more happy and vibrant against it