What are Courtyard gardens? Courtyard gardens or courtyard-style gardens have walls on at least three sides and often provide seclusion and privacy, whether they are adjacent to the house or outbuilding or within the centre of the house or building. They will generally have a hard standing or patio area, often with raised planting beds and are synonymous with older properties, often with brick or rendered walls giving an intimate ambiance.
I try and give the courtyard gardens that intimate feel, often using water as a relaxing sound in the back ground and planting fragrant plants for a heady scent, particularly fragrant in the evenings. They are a space to relax, lie back and contemplate your day with the advantage that they are often easy to maintain.