I have always thought that courtyards were somewhat romantic and traditional. They reminded me of those mysterious little spaces tucked behind a beautiful big doorway in Paris. I have often thought it would be fun to have one, never thinking that it would actually become a reality. Since my blog partner and daughter revealed their new lawn last week, I am happy to reveal our empty-nester courtyard this week.
This charming gazebo is located in the park across from our place.
One of the great features of our new townhouse is the brick courtyard that came with it. With a beautiful, historic park located right across the street, we can easily go play in the grass whenever the mood strikes. The courtyard gives us the option of having an outdoor space without the maintenance that goes with a having a lawn. Been there, done that.
Our courtyard space hadn’t seen any love from the previous owner for several years. We bought the place in January, and it looked pretty gloomy.
Obviously, this was before the leaves came out and before we cleaned and replaced the bricks’ mortar.
When we bought the place, there was a breezeway leading from the living area to the garage. This photo was taken during the demo stage, and we were storing things in that area.
We told the architect that we wanted to convert the breezeway into a mud room, and he drew up the plans for it. One of our workers is taking a break.
This is what it looks like now.
We have created a border using small boxwoods, which we will keep small. Next summer we will fill in the area behind them with something taller. I want it to resemble a little Dutch garden that I see so often when bicycling there.
We used these wrought iron planters as window boxes at our last house. There were some nails already in the brick wall, and I just hung them here. It is a perfect place for them, but I don’t think the impatiens get enough light.
Our espaliered apple tree is struggling. It has been neglected, and I am hoping to save it. I fed it well in the spring and have made sure it gets plenty of water, but I am not sure the space is ideal for it.
I have room for an herb garden, and ironically, they grow better here than any of my herbs did at our last house. It is important to use the vertical spaces, as well, so I planted a climbing rose here beside the trellis.
We bordered the herb garden with boxwoods, also.
This is our Mr. Murdock. I wrote about him here.
This special container keeps the garden hose under control.
We have a nice shaded area for outdoor dining.
Our house plants are thriving in the courtyard this summer.
There is room for annuals.
You can enter the courtyard from either the mud room, or the sun porch, here.
We have a shaded place for grilling, too.
Our ferns are doing well.
I even have a place to “plant” a bottle tree.
Since we were married, we have had a home on eight acres of property, a home on ten acres, and a home in the suburbs. We couldn’t be more thrilled with our city living town house with a court yard. We two empty-nesters are happy to give up the mowing.