This small inner city courtyard was overgrown, dark and uninviting. It had good privacy provided by layered hedges of star jasmine and port wine magnolia. Once these were trimmed into shape, space was created for a further layer of planting – hellebores for seasonal interest and trailing soleirolia (babys tears) to soften the wall. As the courtyard functions as an extension of the living space, it really needed some year round interest and colour. A burgundy feature pot was used as a basis for the colour scheme of burgundy and silver. Plants included heucheras, hostas, a red acer palmatum, camellias, agapanthus and anenome japonica. Trailing plants will break up the solid wall. A daphne and violets were included for fragrance also.