Landscaping: Courtyard Garden

Paving and setts from Forest of Dean Stone Firms have been used to create a smart and contemporary courtyard garden for a private residence in the historic town of Monmouth.  The Forest of Dean Pennant sandstone paving and sawn and flame textured setts were specified by local garden designer, Lisa Cox.

The sandstone was selected due to its provenance and location.  The client wanted to source the materials as locally as possible and spent time researching quarries in the area.

“The Pennant sandstone offered what we needed.  It was light in colour and available in a sawn finish.  As parts of the garden are in shade for much of the day, we wanted a stone that would clean easily and be safe i.e. not slippery.  I also wanted to bring in some detail using the setts,” says garden designer, Lisa Cox.

The client went to look at the Pennant sandstone in-situ at a couple of sites.  Samples were also supplied and considered in context.

“My favourite part of the garden is the shady side alley which has been planted with ferns and other shade-loving plants.  I think the ferns help to soften the edges and bring out the velvet nature of the stone.

“I’ve been back to see the garden a few times and can’t wait to see it again next year, when it’s had a full 12 months to settle in.  My clients love their new garden and feel inspired to spend more time out there.

Speaking of her experience of working with Forest of Dean Stone Firms, Lisa says,

“From first enquiry to delivery of the stone, I found everyone really good to deal with.  It was especially helpful to know lead times up front so the landscaper could plan the job properly.”


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