Courtyard gardens offer a wonderful blank canvas


There are a great many types of garden in the UK, and this variety enables us all to use our imaginations when designing and implementing plans for our open spaces. Whether you have a couple of window boxes or several acres of open meadow, you can easily stamp your own personal style as and when you want.


One of the more intriguing areas is a courtyard garden, and if you’re fortunate enough to have one you can make it even more relevant to your tastes and your eye for detail. By its very nature, a courtyard represents a completely separate space from the gardens around it, and as such it doesn’t need to be based on any theme but its own.


As highly experienced landscape gardeners in Scotland, we have worked in a number of courtyard gardens. We know that the walls surrounding the space enable the owner to set a mood or theme that doesn’t have to flow with anything else. In effect, it can be treated as a blank canvas, and as always there are no right or wrong answers when it comes to garden design.


One of the most impressive courtyards can be found at Broadwoodside in East Lothian. You’ll find some wonderful images here. We love the way the chessboard design in the Upper Courtyard gives an attractive symmetry to the perfect square space. The Lower Courtyard is in a cruciform layout.


If you’re thinking about redesigning your courtyard garden, our Scotland landscaping specialists can help. While courtyards may not get as much sun as other gardens, they are also protected from the harshest weather conditions by their high walls. This allows you to think about planting some of the more delicate flowers, shrubs and plants.


You’ll find more courtyard gardens in the UK, many of which are open to the public. Locations include Mannington Hall in Norfolk, Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, Castle Kennedy in Dumfries and Galloway, Claydon House in Buckinghamshire and Hampton Court in Surrey.


Brown Earth Landscapes specialise in the best garden design Scotland has to offer. To find out more, call 01250 884 342. We hope to hear from you soon.