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15 Creative Courtyard Gardens

See the clever ways designers approach this traditional enclosure.

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Photo: Image courtesy of AMS Landscape Design Studio,

Citrus Garden

If you live in a climate zone that shares seasonal similarities with the Mediterranean, you might consider a courtyard that takes advantage of those conditions like this artful arrangement by AMS Landscape Design of crushed gravel beds, low border hedges, orange trees and a large silver gazing ball. 

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Photo: Image courtesy of Platinum Series by Mark Molthan,

Brickwork Brilliance

This sunken courtyard from Platinum Series Homes is a remarkable study in contrasts from the lighted wall fountain made of Oklahoma ledge stone to the hand painted ceramic tiled pool to the flooring, which is Antique Old Chicago brick.

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Photo: Image courtesy of Zen Japanese Landscape & Design LLC,

A Touch of Zen

A private backyard is transformed by Zen Japanese Landscape and Garden Design into an enticing courtyard of ornamental plants and trees, pebble lined pathways and decorative touches that give it the ambiance of a Japanese garden.

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Photo: Image courtesy of Suzman Design Associates

Italian Retreat

This stunning private courtyard by Suzman Design Associates reproduces the Mediterranean ambiance of an Italian coastal villa with its lovely color palette of Verona Giallo tile and Verona Rosso marble.

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