This small garden, designed and built by Frazer McDonogh of Rock and Waterscapes in Co. Wicklow, Ireland, represented an inner courtyard; a place to connect with nature, to sit and relax and drink a cup of tea. It was inspired by the modern oriental style within Asian architecture and explored the use of a small garden space both functionally and visually.
Carlow Blue Limestone paving was used for the walkway and seating area to contrast with the planting. A pool of water reflected the sky, helping to give the garden a feeling of being bigger. The planting scheme was essentially simplistic, containing only a few varieties of plants and no flowers; focusing on green tonal values with the emphasis on foliage texture and form. Bamboo adds a leafy background to provide privacy and to soften the area. Acer palmatum provided structure and seasonal changes and was under planted with grasses and ferns.