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A Seaside Courtyard

A bright and welcoming outdoor room for entertaining and relaxing

This courtyard garden belongs to a lovely holiday cottage in the golf and seaside resort of Elie, so the garden has to be very low maintenance but provide a warm welcome over a long season.

The design makes clever use of space to fit in different seating areas without any sense of crowding. Extra seating and storage is fitted into raised beds and the bold gazebo gives a great focal point to this very sociable garden. The style is contemporary with a seaside twist – bright blue and gold flowers echo colours of sea and sand, whilst grasses move in the breeze and the smooth sandstone paving is combined with beach pebbles.

Professional lighting design has been incorporated to pick out the soft grasses and gently light the gazebo so that the garden looks great at night. We chose warm lights which are flattering to people as well as plants! The east coast of Scotland is surprisingly sunny but even so the garden was designed to look good in all weathers and we think it is rather sleek and beautiful in the rain.

If you would like to experience this garden for yourself you can book Golf Cottage by following the link

When we first saw Golf Cottage in late February it was in the middle of a major refurbishment and extension. The new garden had to be designed and built by mid May, whilst the garden remained an important access route for the contractors working in the house. All of which was a bit of a challenge, but the hard work paid off as we finished on time and the clients were really delighted with the transformation.


Client Testimonial

"We were truly delighted with our new garden designed by Ivy Maud Design and constructed by Greenlands Gardens. Jayne’s ideas were fresh and interesting and she made the most of a rather boring, dreary piece of land – she has revitalised it, and made it somewhere we really enjoying being. The garden isn’t huge, but it now flows well together, or can be divided up in to three main seating areas. With her foresight, the garden can now comfortably seat16 .The lovely mixtures of flowers and grasses and clever screening (from the neighbours) gives it a very restful feel … The icing on the cake is the lights that have been put in the flower beds, which shine up through the grasses at night. Jayne kept within budget and was a super communicator throughout the process … all in all just a delight."
Sara Bishop