Italian Courtyard Planting
Ideas for big plant beds in courtyards and patio designs
This large multi-trunk Red Oak plays a big role in the planting ideas and the way this courtyard looks and feels. An often overlooked design space that is especially important in small gardens, courtyards, and patios, is the ceiling.
Often surrounded by boundaries or walls, courtyard patios can sometimes have a percieved void because all the height is surrounding the garden and everything in the center is low lying.
Besides adding the element of height, the element of much needed shade is added. And as the canopy grows it will produce more. This courtyard garden is a wonderful addition to this property but because of the high walls and all concrete construction, it's not the most desirable place to be in mid-summer daytime. It has the potential to be very hot and needs some shade.
As the project progresses, we'll add some more shade in the form of Italian Cypress and climbing vines.
This picture also gives you a good visual of the Italian courtyard layout and how the design plan is applied. If you look closely, you can also see how the retaining brick rows are set higher than the rest of the paver floor. These are set this way to channel rain water away from flooding the planting beds and out through holes in the wall.