Gardens that evolve organically over a period of time can lack cohesion; overgrown plants engulf areas and distort the shape and flow of the available space. This courtyard garden was a case in point, however existing features should not be overlooked as they can be successfully incorporate a new scheme with some careful adjustments. The pond and some of the stone build raised beds were designed into the new layout. The pond was clad in slate and the stone beds rationalised to suit the new plan. An ‘L’ shaped deck was ‘dropped in’ to rationalise the levels and ease the flow around the garden area. Built in benches surrounded by planting and positioned around the pond provide a tranquil and private space to relax, while white walls help to bounce light around the courtyard and provide contrast with the natural stone elements. Stone pebble mosaics provide interest in shaded areas and were repeated to add detail and textures through the scheme. Mediterranean planting, integrated lighting and a fountain set within the pond help to create an atmospheric versatile outdoor space.