The natural beauty, intimate coziness and peaceful charm of a courtyard garden makes it unlike any other space on your property. In addition to the privacy and serenity courtyards offer, they are also functionally versatile — the perfect place for entertaining, eating, reading, working, napping and more.

If you’re thinking about transforming your courtyard into a garden oasis to increase its usefulness, consider adding these features to your plans:

  • Enclosure: Provide a border to surround your courtyard garden using walls, hedges or the sides of your home.
  • Greenery: Select appropriate plants for the size of your space and the amount of sunlight it receives.
  • Seating: Add outdoor furniture to your courtyard by choosing pieces that match the scale of your garden. You might select a solitary bench or opt for a  full dining set, depending on your space.
  • Lighting: Use candles, twinkle lights or spotlights to create your desired ambiance.
  • Extras: Adding mirrors, art pieces and water elements to your courtyard will help give it character.
  • Entrances: You can create a secret garden, while also keeping it accessible using multiple entry points.

Now you’re ready to start gathering images of courtyard garden designs to serve as inspiration for your space. Below are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Creeping vines and the round design of this courtyard garden featured in House Beautiful create a harmonious contrast to the hardscaped border. The patio furniture’s modest size complements the garden’s smaller footprint.

The combination of shrubs and trees in this circular courtyard give it vertical balance, while a lowered wall provides scenic seating.

Walkways and entrances give access to this urban courtyard garden. The lush lawn and flora are juxtaposed appropriately with wrought iron and stone hardscapes.

The elegant, old-world peristyle in this Mediterranean-inspired courtyard leads to a stately fountain, which is this home’s interior focal point.

The exterior walls of this home provide an enclosure for an English-style courtyard. The gazebo and monochromatic plants add whimsical personality to the space.

Are you thinking about including a courtyard garden in your plans for a new home, renovation or commercial building project? Contact TMS Architects, and let us help you transform your vision into your new favorite spot.

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