Creating a Courtyard with Southern Charm and More…

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New homes built in the New Orleans row house style are popular in the Heights. This homes architecture begged for more old world charm. I played with one of the after pictures to create and old looking photo of the fountain and cafe table….What do you think?We started with a blank slate. Which is both fun and challenging!The garage wall was boring and made the space seem closed in. The wrought iron fencing between the town homes leaves little privacy. Working on keeping the view inside the garden was important. These custom fabricated wrought iron trellis, are for growing Red Cascade roses on. We designed them based on the big trellis at the Getty museum in LA.Hand made bricks from Mexico with their irregularity in shape and color help create the look of an old brick courtyard. They are installed on a base of decomposed granite DG, with only the soldiers mortared in.  The clients wanted a pond that was large enough for water plants and perhaps gold fish. I was inspired by these two pictures I found online. And this one. The clients loved the lion head and shell. We used the same brick as the patio as a facade on cinder block. Statue Markers here in Houston cast the shell and lion head for us. I love the shape of a simple rounded arch and so I used it on both the back wall and the pond. And while it is not obvious in the photo the rose trellis is a semi-circle.Combining the brick, the fountain with southern acclimated plants pulls the space together and gives it that old world feel. I generally I suggest smaller movable furniture or furniture that can be folded and easily stored for smaller patios. This way you can have more flexibility to entertain various amounts of guests.We added a small raised bed between the steps and A/C as a place for a small kitchen garden. View from the back stairs. I think it came together to create a very inviting and usable space for sitting and reading or enjoying an evening with friends. I really enjoy seeing the beautiful pond plants. Water lilies seem very happy in Houston. Once the roses grow in on the beautiful wrought iron trellises they will create a greater sense of intimacy and feeling of an out door room. On our next blog I will show you what we did in the front garden. Time will patina this garden and make it even better!

Happy Gardening!

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