For a homeowner, learning how to landscape a courtyard is a unique challenge. Few gardeners have experience with its limited scope and closed-off nature. But if your home or business includes a courtyard, you can successfully create a timeless yard space everyone will love. Here are 4 ways to do it.
Create a Destination. If the courtyard is mostly viewed or entered from one particular location, decorate the space with that view in mind. You can create a special, inviting entrance with a gate or arbor. Further invite guests inside by using a straight path to create a destination within the courtyard -- usually at the opposite end of the courtyard from the entrance. The "destination" focal point can be a large statue or fountain, a relaxing spot to unwind or an outdoor dining area for entertaining.
Add an Outdoor Room. If the courtyard is near or framed by the house, you can use it as an outdoor room. This easily adds usable square footage to the home. If the courtyard is small, you can just use a large built-in grill and seating area. If the space is larger, you can create an outdoor dining area, a seating lounge with a fireplace or a fun bar to share drinks with guests.
Try a Formal Garden. A scaled-down traditional formal garden -- British, Italian or French -- works well in a confined courtyard because it uses the space's geometry as a base for its own. Create a fun design with neatly trimmed hedges radiating out from a center circle or square. In that center, you can place such focal points as a bubbling fountain or small pond, a table and chair set or a flowering tree. Invite guests to use the garden by installing gravel, brick or paver stone paths around the courtyard.
Hardscape It. There are several reasons you may want to forgo planting a full landscape with a lot of greenery in your courtyard. It may have little or no sunlight, difficult access to things like water or maintenance tools or simply be part of an overall yard that already takes a lot of maintenance. It's okay to make use of hardscaping -- inorganic elements like patios, stones, pergolas, tables and fountains -- that fits your needs. If you still want plants, use mobile, easy-to-keep container gardens for color.
If you're not sure how to achieve the right look for your courtyard, it may be best to work with a professional landscaping company. But whether you do it on your own or you hire help, your courtyard can become a place you love to visit and show off to others.
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