Courtyard gardens on the small side often try to be all things to all people but in fact achieve very little. They can look dishevelled and lack style.
Here are some landscaping ideas to re-style your Courtyard:
Diminish the Long Garden Effect
If your Courtyard is a long thin rectangle, creating a sense of narrow enclosure, it can sometimes encourages you to move on. Have you ever noticed that when a pathway narrows, you tend to walk faster, only to slow down and gaze around when you come to the open field or space. Similarly in a thin garden, you brain wants to place your focus elsewhere. Not ideal if you want to linger and enjoy the space. To reduce the impact of a long garden, install the plants and other items towards the long ends in a layered style, bringing the those long ends back into the garden.
Exercise Restraint in Color
Try and tie the Courtyard to the home, using the same colors on the Courtyard walls as you have used in the adjoining room. I will assist the flow on effect and integration of the two zones.. If that is not possible, see if you can do it with the floors extending out of the adjoining room into the Courtyard, either with same color and / the same material.
Create a Sensory Experience
An aromatic plant or flower, or maybe the sound of running water will draw your senses into your garden as you escape from the pressures of modern life.
Restraint in the Plant Palette
Mass planting creates a great contemporary effect, even in a Courtyard. Reducing the plant palette is hard if you love your plants, but if you can resist the temptation, you will find the less is more.
Use Large Pots
Perhaps 3 but never 2. Odd numbers look great unless you are wanting a very formal garden where a pot is placed either side of a door for window. Using large pots will ensure you make bold statements and actually use less of them.
Plant up the Wall
Rather than create a vertical garden that is a “solid block” of green plants on a full wall, plant a creeper or climber without allowing it to completely hide that wall. It is much better to see part of the wall behind, so that if maintains a continuity relationship with the other walls to the garden.
Bring the Outside Inside
Consider using the same colors on walls to the Courtyard as you have used within the adjoining room. You may also want to place some complementary plants inside, collectively providing a seamless flow from one space to the other.
Beyond the Courtyard
With every vista, there is the foreground, the middle ground and hopefully a panorama. Unless you are at the top of a hill, the latter will not be available to most courtyards. It is important not to obstruct the view on other side of the fence or wall, it provides perspective to your space.
Connect to the Outside
Use sustainable natural products like natural stone, wood and water in your garden. It stimulates a connection with longevity and the world outside. .
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