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City and Courtyard

Design an escape from the hussle and bussle of the busy city!

Well appointed and designed city gardens and courtyards can provide a welcomed respite for city dwellers, becoming places for relaxation, contemplation, conversation and entertaining friends and family. Urban space being generally limited, careful thought needs to be brought to the overall garden layout. Many urban designs treat these urban oases as extensions of the homes with materials often chosen to complement interior finishes. Planting tends to be minimalist, with fewer plants providing longer seasonal displays or adding architectural interest. The need for privacy is important with wall treatments, pergolas or pleached trees raising the height of boundaries. Water is a popular component of many urban gardens, either acting as a focal point or as a soothing element. Lighting is another key design element enabling owners to enjoy their garden at night too.

City and Courtyard Guides

A Low Maintenance Charming Courtyard

An inviting escape to Provence or Tuscany!

A Mediterranean Raised Bed Idea

These blue and silver plants show to advantage against the stucco wall of this retaining wall. All plants are evergreen, drought-tolerant and deer resistant.

A Pastel Border Idea for Your Spring Garden

This harmonious spring border has been realized with 4 award-winning flowering bulbs.

A Pastel Border Idea with Astilbes, Hemerocallis and Geranium

This soft plant palette of pastel colors can be enjoyed from early to late summer and includes a few easy-to-grow perennial plants. Attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and low maintenance, most plants are deer or rabbit resistant and are recipient of prestigious awards.

A Pastel Spring Border Idea with Tulips, Daffodils & Forget-Me-Nots

An enchanting scenery that can be easily replicated at home!

A Perfect Garden Decor with Roses

Perfect for bringing welcome color to dull walls, privacy screens or fences, they provide an element of beauty to any outdoor structure and create fabulous backdrops. Aside from their amazingly beautiful flowers, they also give off a sweet fragrance and easily add a touch of romanticism to bare settings

A Pretty Duo with Clematis and Lilies

The pale lavender-blue flowers of Clematis 'Emilia Plater' are beautifully combined with the strongly recurved, dark crimson flowers of Lilium 'Black Beauty'. The two plants are extraordinarily vigorous and floriferous.

A Pretty Spring Border Idea with Corsican Hellebore and Siberian Bugloss

Get your winter landscape to burst into vivid life! Remember to plant a few Hellebores. A low maintenance and deer resistant plant combination to bring cheerful color to your spring garden. Enjoy!

A Pretty Spring Border Idea with Hellebore, Siberian Bugloss and Grasses

Showy and long-lasting, Hellebore 'Green Corsican' looks terrific when combined with the airy blue blossoms of Brunnera macrophylla (Siberian Bugloss) and the bright gold foliage of Hakonechloa Macra 'Aureola' (Hakone Grass).

A Pretty Spring Border Idea with Rhododendrons and Crocuses

Rhododendron 'Praecox' is a beautiful early-flowering shrub bearing rosy lilac flowers in profusion in late winter to early spring. It is underplanted with the reddish-purple blooms of Crocus tommasinianus 'Whitewell Purple'. Among the earliest to flower, this crocus withstands wind, rain and is a great choice for naturalizing.

A Pretty Spring Border Idea with Rhododendrons and Tulips

Rhododendrons and tulips can create a brilliant show of flowers early in the season, before the roses and annual plants eclipse all the beauties of the garden.

A Pretty Spring Border Idea with Tulips and Bleeding Hearts

The charming blooms of bleeding hearts (Dicentra) are an elegant addition to the late spring and early summer garden. Featured in this plant combination is 'Gold Heart', a stunning selection with rosy-pink blossoms and brilliant golden-yellow lacy leaves. The luminous foliage creates a perfect foil for late-flowering, rich purple tulips.

A Pretty Summer Border Idea with Irises, Astrantia and Grasses

This perennial planting of herbaceous plants creates a colorful ornamental landscape in late spring or early summer. Towering above the delicate, claret flowers of Astrantia major (Mugwort) and the elegant clouds of feathery panicles of Deschampsia cespitosa (Tufted Hair Grass), spectacular tall Bearded Irises garner the attention.

A Pretty Summer Border Idea with Irises, Mullein and Sage

How not to marvel at the sumptuous colors of this perennial combination which can be enjoyed for several weeks in late spring or early summer. Fairly easy to recreate, it includes relatively drought tolerant plants in rich shades of reds, purples and plums such as Tall Bearded Irises, Sage, Mullein, all splashed with the graceful blossoms of Baltic Parsley.

A Ravishing Zen Garden

Dreaming of a Zen garden, love succulents and want drama in your small yard? Not a problem! This project is a great example of what can be accomplished with limited space.

A Refreshing Summer Border Idea with Irises, Alliums, Catmint and Grasses

Most plants have won prestigious awards, are deer and rabbit resistant and make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home!

A Romantic Border with Tulip 'Mount Tacoma' & Tulip 'Cummins'

A fascinating and romantic display for late spring!

A Romantic Hedge

A bright and romantic hedge for this lovely terrace. Created by Westover Landscape Design, only 2 ingredients were used to achieve this peaceful decor.

A Romantic Spring Garden Idea with Peonies, Irises and Flower Bulbs

This romantic and delicate planting includes mostly plants that are chalk and lime tolerant. Ranging from creamy white to blush and deepening to clarets and blues in the meadow, their soft colors create a sense of exquisite tranquillity and deep relaxation. A wonderful way to celebrate late spring and early summer.

A Romantic Terrace

Often, less is more. Take this landscape design composed of climbing roses, hydrangeas, and lilies surrounding a bluestone terrace. This small, suburban garden feels both expansive and intimate.

A Sensational Daffodil Mix for Your Spring Garden

Combined in a traditional manner, here is a simple bulb combination with 4 award-winning flower bulbs, which creates a sunny and impressive effect in the mid-spring garden

A Serene Courtyard

A real pleasure for the eyes!