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Sloping Courtyard Garden in Denby Dale

Sloping Courtyard Garden at Denby Dale near Wakefield.

The stone used in the garden is a combination of York stone walls and Indian stone copings. Stone steps sweep from the lower terrace up to the circular seating area at the top of the garden.

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Curved sandstone steps 

yorkshire garden with dry stone wall, low stone retaining wall and curved low stone steps and timber fence

Garden on completion of planting

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Garden one year after planting

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Asplenium fern for shade planting

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Stone seating circle

blue purple geranium and pink lythrum tall flower blend good planting match

Geranium and lythrum blend

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Stone steps lead up the garden

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Polystichum fern for shade planting

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Garden immediately after planting

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A welcome visitor

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Side gate in horizontal timber fence 

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York stone low wall with Indian stone coping

This courtyard garden for a townhouse in Denby Dale was originally an underused area which felt dark and with quite a damp atmosphere. The garden was underused as the patio seating area was located in a shady part of the garden adjacent to the house. 

The overall aim of the garden design was to use the whole length of the garden and provide a seating area within the sunny part of the garden. This was created by landscaping a circular seating area built from materials and in a style to match the existing stone walls adjacent to the garden. The natural stone of Yorkshire is a range of beautiful warm shades as can be seen in the photographs.

This new seating area was linked to the lower patio area by a sweeping set of stone steps. The slope within the garden was broken into just a few levels. The top level where the seating is located, the middle level where the planting encloses the seating and the lower level where the paving leads out from the house. The middle planting level in the garden is retained by a low sweeping stone wall with flat stone copings.

Planting covered a variety of requirements. Shade tolerant planting runs along the side of the house and consists mainly of varieties of ferns. Formal low maintenance shrub planting such as Skimmia, creates an all year round structure to the garden with glossy leaves and neat form. Blousy perennials provide a huge splash of colour and informal nature during the Summer months. Both shrubs and perennials provide flowers for wildlife.

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