A Country-Inspired Courtyard

 As you know, our townhouse has a bricked-in courtyard that I gave a Ralph Lauren spin to.    Today, we are going to visit another of my neighbor’s courtyard, and this one has a country influence.

 Lionel courtyard


Believe it or not, this area used to be a swimming pool, but when our neighbors bought their home, they didn’t want a pool.  He is a master gardener and wanted to make the most of the small and enclosed space.


They didn’t totally give up on water, though.



Lionel courtyard


This charming pond they installed is loaded with fish and lily pads.  Think Monet’s lily pond in miniature.




Hey, it even has a waterfall feature.



They have a wonderful eating area and built-in grilling area.




In addition to annuals and perennials, they also have a compost area, blueberry bushes, herbs, and tomatoes in an area that is about 20 x 20 feet.



You have seen the twin version of this space in my courtyard, and you know we use it as our eating area.  This neighbor chose to have his gas grill built in here, and has a brick walkway to his home lined with plants.  Another of those same, same but different spaces that I love.



Lionel courtyard

Birds love this courtyard because they can always find a full feeder, and humans love it because the flowers and look change as the season progresses.


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  1. says

    Ohhh it’s beautiful! and I can’t say I blame them for taking the pool out. I love them, but they are a tremendous amount of work. Flowers and evergreens are year round enjoyment.

  2. says

    Such a calming space sit to and relax. I’ve had a small pond and a large fountain. They are a LOT of work! I do miss the fish though. Thanks for sharing. I hope you’ll drop by to see DD2 MBR Redo (#3 at Met Monday).