Courtyard Garden Ideas: Garden Designs UK

Gone are the days when courtyard gardens were dismissed as mere ‘backyards’. It’s time to rewrite that narrative. A courtyard, regardless of its size, possesses the untapped potential to be an exquisite and inviting space.

Embrace the art of courtyard alchemy as we show you how to weave magic into your outdoor haven. Step by step, we’ll guide you through the process. We’ve curated a few inspirational ideas that promise to ignite your imagination! Ready?

1. Round table

Gather your loved ones under the moonlight. Create cherished memories with a round table in your courtyard garden. This setup encourages connection and conversation, perfect for family gatherings or romantic evenings.

Teak Folding Table
Teak Folding Table

2. Garden full of plants

Transform even the smallest terrace into a mesmerising sanctuary with lush greenery. Take this as a sign to create your own magical hideaway where you can escape the hustle and bustle.

Courtyard with garden urns, white gazebo and topiaries
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3. Small glass shed

Bridge the gap between your indoor and outdoor spaces with a charming sunroom. This delightful addition provides a cosy retreat where you can bask in the sunlight. At the same time, a tranquil space to enjoy the comforts of your courtyard garden.

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Small glass shed in the middle of a man-made garden lake
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4. Pergola

Enhance your dining area with a sleek pergola, offering both shade and style. Indulge in delicious meals while surrounded by the beauty of your garden!

Black pergola framing the garden fountain
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5. Wooden beams and lights

Infuse a touch of enchantment into your courtyard with fairy lights.  The magic trick here is to drape them along rustic wooden beams. As the sun sets, these twinkling lights will create a captivating atmosphere. Even better, they can prolong the joy of outdoor gatherings well into the night.

6. Relaxing corner

Extend the comfort of your living room outdoors with cosy chairs and plush cushions. Design a serene and inviting corner where you can unwind, read a book, or simply soak up the sun from your courtyard.

Japanese garden corner setup for relaxing
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7. Fire pit and fountain

Even in a small garden, you can have it all. Immerse yourself in a captivating oasis by incorporating a fire pit and a fountain. This combination, paired with lush foliage, will turn your space into a peaceful haven.

Concrete in-ground fire pit
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8. Stone path

Take a picturesque journey through your beautiful greenery with a cobbled stone path. This addition not only adds visual appeal but also provides a way to navigate your courtyard.

Stone pathway that leads to a triumphal arch
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9. Picnic table

Embrace the joy of outdoor dining with a long picnic table. Picture delightful alfresco breakfasts, family dinners, and summer BBQs in this inviting space!

Modbury 2 in 1 Convertible Garden Bench and Picnic Table
Modbury 2 in 1 Convertible Garden Bench and Picnic Table

10. Corner trellis

Elevate the privacy and beauty of your courtyard with climbers on corner trellises. These verdant additions are a perfect way to create a natural barrier. What’s more, they add a vertical dimension, enhancing the aesthetics and charm of your garden.

Corner brick wall with trellis and climbing roses
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11. Mirrors

Transform your small courtyard into a spacious oasis with the clever use of mirrors. By placing mirrors, you can create the illusion of a larger space. This design trick helps amplify a sense of openness and depth in your garden.

Classic courtyard with a mirror reflecting the centre urn
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12. Urban chill out

Surround yourself with abundant greenery, letting the plants take centre stage. Make sure to keep the seating arrangements simple and minimalistic. This approach will allow you to unwind and connect with the serenity of your outdoor retreat.

13. Private sanctuary

Carve out a secluded haven in your backyard with the addition of a large pergola and trellis. This provides two things: 1.) a delightful shade option for your garden, 2.) a private sanctuary shielded from prying eyes.

Bohemian-themed garden corner
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14. Bricks and plants

Revitalise your garden wall by adorning it with hanging lights. With this simple addition, you can create an intimate space that exudes cosiness. It can also provide you with a spot for enjoying meals and creating cherished memories!

Bricked wall and planters
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15. Long garden

Maximise the potential of your long, narrow garden by designing a multi-functional space. Combine a comfortable seating area on a deck and modern fencing for a sleek look. Also, consider a section of grass for your furry friends to roam and play.

A long garden lined with a variety of trees
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16. Railway sleepers and shed

Use railway sleepers to create raised garden beds that integrate with the path. These rustic additions can give off structure and definition to your garden.

Railway sleepers
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17. Small backyard with bamboo trees

Infuse your garden with an exotic touch by incorporating bamboo trees. These elegant additions bring a sense of tranquillity and create a serene atmosphere. Pair them with targeted lighting to create a captivating ambience after the sun sets.

Bamboo trees
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18. Cosy arbour

Unwind in the perfect cosy corner by adding an arbour to your courtyard. Decorate it with comfortable seating and soft cushions. Hang some climbing plants to create a serene oasis for relaxation and contemplation.

Cosy arbour with garden seating
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19. Small two-level garden

If you dream about having a two-tier garden, don’t let this small garden idea stop you! 

20. French country garden

Sometimes it takes as little as two small chairs and a couple of rustic shutters to turn back time a few centuries in your backyard.

French country garden
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21. Courtyard cinema scene

Striped outdoor rugs make an ideal accompaniment to a garden cinema area for a film night with friends and family. Turn your enclosed courtyard into your own private cinema and take a cue from this cosy outward appearance!

22. Courtyard boho feel with vintage furniture

Create a space in your courtyard that’s full of boho charm. The metal furniture offers a whimsical, shabby chic appeal, while the fireplace evokes a sense of grandeur.

23. Add multi-tasking furniture pieces

This stylish wooden bench makes a great addition to your courtyard seating area. But when not in use, it can double up for different purposes, such as a modern-looking plant display.

Benches that double as planters
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24. Squeeze in an outdoor bar

What’s not to like in this setup? A secluded courtyard with cosy seating arrangement, pergola for shade, and a garden bar for entertainment!

Garden bar setup near a swimming pool
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25. Relax with a hammock in the corners of your courtyard

Enhance the relaxation potential of your courtyard by putting up a hammock. The tiki torches create the perfect mood for relaxation after a long day.

A hammock hang on a tree branch
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So there you go, courtyards that not only look amazing, they’re functional too.

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