The little patch of lawn, overgrown evergreen plants and hedge were removed and replaced with cottage garden plants and a network of paved paths with a small seating area, facing south.
The scalloped wall and railings were highlighted with a standard Prunus lusitanica ‘Angustifolia’ in each dip and the planting palette was soft pink, blue, white and yellow, with box hedges for winter interest. The two trees in the corners have been retained and add much needed height.
The shady bed under the wall is planted with Dicentra, Pulmonaria, Hellebores etc. which start to flower during the late winter and early spring when the garden is viewed from inside more than out. White flowered climbing roses and clematis adorn the house walls and small shrubs almost surround the bench.
The paths form a circuit around the planting and create the illusion of more space. I have used small setts for the paths and larger stone paving slabs for the seating area which makes the tiny space feel more generous.