This small townhouse courtyard and garden was well overdue for a refresh. The courtyard living area was also in need of expansion as the owner had found the paved area too small to be useful. The brief was to include a mix of materials, several options for seating, a space that would encourage socialising and improved flow throughout. A small area for herbs and vegetables was also on the wish-list. The owner also had a family heirloom garden seat which didn’t really fit, but he was loath to let go of. With restoration and a bold new colour, this seat has become a central feature of the new garden. The new layout has extended the patio area, which is now tiled. A new rendered masonry wall provides additional seating and creates symmetry with the architecture of the house. A colour scheme of warm greys and russet brown/red is reflected in the restored iron seat, the painted masonry, the Fijian Kauri slat benches and the planting design. Kangaroo paws (anigozanthus bush fling) Helenium waltraut and Verbascum phoenicium violetta will add a splash of orange, brown and purple summer interest.