Italianate Courtyard Garden

Italianate Courtyard Garden

Oxford Garden Partners were asked to design a garden to complement the complete renovation of a villa-style property in West London.

The owner loves Italy, and she also wanted her garden to reflect the style of nearby Chiswick House. At the same time she wanted to retain the hawthorn trees in each corner of the garden.

Working with the architects our solution was create a simple but formal courtyard design, using a grey reconstituted stone which referenced the Portland Stone found at Chiswick House but priced within our clients’ budget. We added clipped formal hedging to define the central shapes, and a parterre which adds interest at both ground level, and when viewed from the upper floors of the house. These formal elements are softened and complemented by looser sun and shade planting in the remaining areas of the garden.

Key features: Stone terrace, clipped hedges, parterre, new fencing

Key planting: Box, Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo), Star magnolia (Magnolia stellata), Camellia ‘Crimson King’ (Camellia sasanqua ‘Crimson King’),  Rosemary.

Garden just after planting

Arbutus unedo, the Strawberry tree