The courtyard at Berryfields is a small, narrow area tucked away behind the house. It's warm, secluded and shady; a perfect source of inspiration for anybody with a small town garden or patio. Measuring only 6m x 3m (20ft x 10ft), the whole area is paved, with no lawn or flowerbeds making it very low maintenance. It is also easy to regularly ring changes by swapping around containers with plants full of seasonal interest.
One side of the courtyard is the house, the other three walls are painted white which helps to reflect the sunlight. Although the courtyard is partly shaded, it receives sun from mid-morning until evening. One of the walls is dominated by a large climbing rose.
In March 2005, Joe Swift revamped the area by adding two wooden planters with a bench made from chunky French oak.
When choosing containers for the garden, Joe advises selecting ones that are of a similar style but varying size. By using different heights it helps to create more interest in the garden