I like the contrasting surfaces but not gravel because of Charlie. I also like the trelliswork on the right-hand wall. Chairs with cushions around brazier in small urban garden, clipped box balls, Mespilus germanica
The planter is basically a small raised bed. my version: a series of small mosaic beds in the side yard, separated with thyme, large urns full of cascading plants, & handmade hexagonal stepping stones.
Emily Whaley’s Garden, Charleston, South Carolina. Designed by Loutrel Briggs in 1940 and tended faithfully for almost 50 years by Emily Whaley, the garden is small and secluded in Charleston’s historic district