When it comes to garden ideas, it’s likely the yard will have a pretty important role in outdoor space design. From summer garden parties to games with children, the courtyard has so many functions. And whether the outdoor area is large or small, there are ways to accommodate the courtyard for each garden setting. Of course, practicality is key — you’ll no doubt want a smaller lawn if you don’t want to worry about up-keep. Even give zero-maintenance fake grass a go if you have children or pets.
But designing a courtyard is also a must for your garden. Whether it’s by giving it an attractive shape, making sure it’s certain features or using it for parts of different areas. Our courtyard ideas are perfect for green park enthusiasts and anyone who wants to make their garden lush green.
1. Change your page to a different level
Why not take things up a notch by putting grass on every level in your garden? This lawn idea can work particularly well if you have any platforms in your outdoor area. We can form a sun trap room to relax throughout the summer. The vertical effect also adds interest to a garden — giving it another dimension.
2. Keep your lawn small
There’s no need for a lawn to take up the entire garden – particularly if you’re considering our decking or patio ideas for entertaining. A smaller pages can be an option that wants to prioritize other features such as summer homes when space is limited.
3. Think of your lawn as a carpet
Can you really beat a glorious summer day spent reading in the garden? If you like in the garden with a good book, then making a little reading corner on your page can be a brilliant solution. Think of the courtyard as a carpet under your feet, making the space feel comfortable.
4. Make an enchanted entrance
Make stepping onto your lawn a real experience with the help of a metal garden arch or an arbor, as seen in the above garden. Many of these can be decorated with easy climbing plants and flowers for a truly enchanting entrance.
5. Give your lawn a little more edge
In terms of keeping lawns neat and tidy, our garden edging ideas are key. If you’re looking for something a little different why not try a railway track-style path, which is somewhere between a regular garden path and stepping stones. This feature is a little more unique and is ideal if you want to create a separate walking section to get across the lawn, rather than wear the grass down with constant use.
6. Fake it for an eternally lush lawn
Fake grass requires significantly less fuss than its real counterpart — so is a popular lawn idea for families with children and pets. An artificial lawn has become an affordable achievable way of enjoying your outdoor space at all times, looking great and effectively adding an extra “garden room” to your outdoor space,’ says Andy Driver, sales director at LazyLawn.
‘A synthetic lawn means a non-toxic, hygienic lush-green lawn — always. It is low maintenance too — no mowing, just a hose down and the occasional brush-off of leaves.’Thinking of going for this faux effect? Check out our guide to artificial grass, including everything you need to know about buying and laying a low-maintenance lawn.
7. Plan a lawn centrepiece
Lawns don’t have to be rectangular, in fact, a circular lawn or ones with cut-out pieces work incredibly well if you want to showcase something off in the middle of the garden. This might be an impressive tree, garden furniture or something decorative like a fountain.
8. Frame your lawn with a border
The border around the courtyard helps frame the garden making it look more symmetrical. This border can be reached in a number of different ways, either with small fences, larger plants or flower beds.
9. Let foliage leak onto your lawn
For a softer look, avoid borders with hard edges and plant low shrubs that will flow out over your yard.
10. Zone with your lawn
So many different activities can take place in a garden, whether it’s dining, BBQ-ing, reading or sunbathing and a lawn can be used to help break up a garden into different zones for these various pastimes.
11. Be playful with stepping stones
Stepping stones are a lovely, aesthetically-pleasing alternative to a garden path. These stones also help prevent patches on the grass from regular footsteps, keeping your garden in tact and giving it longevity.
12. Make it classy with stripes
For a lawn idea that can turn the most humble of homes into something out of Bridgerton, try adding stripes. It may seem laborious but it’s actually easier than you might think. Start with our guide – How do you get stripes in your lawn? – from renowned head gardener Andy Wain.
13. Think about transitions
It’s worth considering how you are going to switch from hard landscaping to lawn. Sharp, straight edges are fine for contemporary gardens. But if you are planning a cottage garden or something more classic, you may need a different approach. In this park, soft curves are easy on the eyes, and a step down to the grass level embellishes the whole look.
14. Ditch the paving
If you’re committed to hard landscaping, rest assured that a wall-to-wall garden – or rather a border-to-border – yard can work.
In her garden, designer Suzy Hoodless has treated the space much like she would a sitting room, using indoor furniture that can easily be stowed in the summerhouse nearby should it rain. The luscious lawn serves as a carpet, but it needs to be hardwearing if this is your plan, so choose a sports or conventional lawn, rather than one designed for landscaping or ornamental use.
15. Use turf as a path
Choose the right, hardwearing turf and grass can be laid as a perfect pathway for keen gardeners. Why perfect? Because it’s a softer alternative to brick or gravel garden path ideas, so when you are kneeling down to tend to your beds, you won’t have to reach for a pad.