Revamping Your Courtyard Garden – What Are the Essentials?

Last updated on February 15, 2023

Here are the essentials to updating your courtyard garden. Learn how to do it step by step. Read on!

Courtyard gardens are a great addition to any home and are perfect for those who want a secluded space for relaxing or entertaining. However, many don’t have access to a traditional garden. 

They are also ideal for people who live in an area with extreme weather conditions and aren’t able to enjoy their outdoor space all year round. Think of them as compact bottles of fresh air that you can open any time you need it!

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Developing a Theme for Your Garden

backyard landscape theme

The first step to creating your courtyard garden is to develop a theme. What do you most enjoy in life? What are some of your interests and hobbies? What is the weather like in your area? Take time to think about all the things that bring happiness and peace into your life, then make a list. There are no wrong answers, as long as it’s something you’re passionate about. A few examples might include:

  • An avid chef may want the fresh herbs for their cooking so they could have a herb garden.
  • A person who loves the beach may want to incorporate shells and other ocean-related items into their planters or decorations.
  • Those who are more artistic at heart may like an open canvas where they can plant whatever they like and be able to rearrange plants as needed. 

A dedicated gardener would want something that would last year-round with little maintenance (such as evergreens). Finally, there are many ways you can incorporate water features into your courtyard garden plans that will add ambiance. These can include fountains, wall-mounted or freestanding in design, waterfalls, and ponds.

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Considering Rainwater Harvesting Techniques

Although many factors play a role in keeping your plants healthy and providing them with the right amount of water, rainwater harvesting is one of the best ways to ensure that your garden stays green and beautiful all year long. This method can significantly reduce the need for your garden to use potable water. It also produces excellent-quality water for plants.

One of our favorite rainwater harvesting techniques is planting a tree or shrub with an extensive root system. This way, you can easily gather the harvested water from their leaf litter. Another great method is growing things that are heavy feeders. These plants will benefit the most from having several nutrients in their soil.

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Choosing the Right Containers

One of the most important things to consider is what to plant your garden in. You have several options for containers, each with its pros and cons. Here are some of those options:

Terracotta pots are attractive, last forever, and are relatively inexpensive. However, they can be heavy when wet and sometimes crack in cold temperatures. They also tend to dry out quickly.

Fiberglass planters are planters that come in a wide range of styles, shapes, and sizes and can look like anything from concrete to wood or rattan. They’re lightweight and don’t retain moisture much as terracotta pots do, but they’re usually more expensive than other types of planters.

Plastic pots are cheap but don’t always look great in a courtyard garden setting. However, they’re lightweight and won’t break if they fall over or tip over during windy weather conditions.

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Picking a Mix of Foliage and Flowering Plants

While you are planning your courtyard garden, selecting a range of shrubs, trees, climbers, and perennials will ensure that there is always something beautiful to look at.

It is a good idea to choose plants that suit your climate, so they do not struggle. A mix of different shapes and sizes will break up the space and attract wildlife. Using more than one color palette in your plant selection will draw the eye through the garden.

A variety of plants with different flowering times means that each season brings new life to your courtyard garden. Incorporating plants with distinct scents will add another dimension for you to enjoy. 

It can be tempting to try and cram as many plants into your courtyard garden as possible. You can remember that choosing too many or overcrowding the space can mean that some of them don’t get enough sunlight or nutrients from the soil. It is important to consider how big each plant will grow when fully mature.

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Adding a Barbeque for Summer Nights 

In an outdoor space, grilling and chilling are the way to go. A compact barbecue will grant you the ability to cook delicious meats and vegetables for your guests. Some models can even get folded down once they’ve cooled, making them ideal for limited spaces.

Music makes almost any social gathering better. A small wireless speaker or two tucked inside or near your plants will allow you to play tunes without taking up much-needed floor space, but still, make sure everyone can hear them.

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Installing Sliding Patio Doors

Sliding glass doors in your courtyard garden area are important. You need to be able to enjoy your outdoor space without having to go outside and get wet. Sliding glass doors allow you to open up your room and let the sunshine in while you enjoy the outside.

There are many different types of sliding patio doors that you can install in your courtyard garden area, including wood sliding doors, glass sliding door panels, bi-folding windows, and folding windows. These are all great choices for a small courtyard garden area because they offer a spacious opening. It allows for easy movement between the inside of your home and the outdoors.

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Invest in Animals for Your Courtyard Garden

fish pond

If you want to add more layers to your courtyard garden, consider adding animals. They will enhance the beauty and natural atmosphere of your garden. Depending on your theme, you can add birds, butterflies, or bees, especially when your garden is full of blossoming plants.

You can also create a small pond and place various fish and turtles. You can even build hutches to add rabbits or guinea pigs, giving your garden a cute petting zoo feel.

Whatever animal you decide on, it’s important to remember that it will need a suitable habitat, proper care, and enough enrichment. To keep them as well as other wildlife and your garden safe, you can invest in some good-quality poultry netting or wire mesh fencing. These will keep your animals from straying away and deter other creatures from going inside their habitats and your courtyard garden.

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The Takeaway

To get the best out of your courtyard garden, you need to plan. It is essential for several reasons. To start off, it means you can work out what you want and what’s possible within the available space and budget.

It also means if you are working with a designer, they understand your needs and wants. It gives them an idea of your budget so they can come up with ideas based on these criteria.

The planning stage is important as it helps to ensure all stakeholders are on the same page before any work starts on site.

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