Courtyard gardens are protected against the elements, which makes them ideal for alfresco living. These versatile spaces are the ultimate “chill rooms” where you can enjoy some me-time or entertain friends in an intimate setting. Add your personal style stamp with comfortable furniture and on-trend accessories.
Planters brimming with layers of lush foliage and blooms are the mainstay of any courtyard garden. When crafting your urban oasis, consider different-sized planters to create points of interest. Group three or more planters filled with small trees, shrubs and lower-growing perennials, to create a pulled-together look.
Tip: Make sure your planters have drainage holes. If not, drill holes in the bottom of the container, so that the plants don’t get wet feet.
Blurring the boundaries
Dress your outdoor space as you would interiors, by introducing on-trend accessories such as mirrors, rugs and ornate seating.
An outdoor mirror is a great way to add depth and dimension to a small courtyard. Just as in the home, mirrors create a feeling of space and light. Use it as a focal point to make the space appear larger, or tuck it away among climbing greenery for a “secret garden” look.
Tip: To reduce glare, opt for mirrors that are specifically designed for outdoor spaces.
With courtyard gardens, space usually comes at a premium. Expand your garden upwards instead of outwards, by introducing a plant stand or small, modular vertical garden. For a lush, country look, clad your walls with climbers.
Tip: Most climbers need a structure, such as a trellis, to latch onto.
Light the way
Add some drama to your courtyard garden with layers of ambient lighting. Cast a warm, intimate glow by mixing permanent fixtures such as LED strip lights and exposed bulbs with lanterns.
Tip: Looking for a quick fix to jazz up a bland courtyard? Adorn low-growing shrubs with fairy lights, to create a romantic setting.