Create a Mediterranean Courtyard
27 May 2015
You don’t need to be in Italy to capture the sun-soaked courtyard style – here are some great examples of Mediterranean garden design, right here in the UK.
With potted plants both inside and out, this is an example of a garden that starts in the conservatory and then spreads out onto the sun drenched patio.
With golden brickwork and a light and bright conservatory, this extension has created a sunny spot which is warm and inviting, even when British temperatures don’t quite match those in Spain.
The right hand picture shows the view looking out from the conservatory – from this angle it would be quite easy to believe this was the south of France, not Somerset. With terracotta tiles, an outside dining space and plenty of potted plants, this really is a corner of the Mediterranean.
This beautiful triple lantern orangery provides the perfect setting for summer entertaining. With French doors out to the surrounding courtyard, topiaries and a bust statue, this garden has a more classic Mediterranean style.
You can’t rely on British weather, so how about creating an interior courtyard garden? This conservatory (right hand picture) brings the outside in and the potted plants, wrought iron chairs and decorative vases add the Mediterranean touch.
With this beautiful courtyard, (above left) you could easily imagine Tuscan hills in the distance instead of the rolling Monmouthshire countryside. The conservatory provides a modern ‘indoor’ courtyard, while outside, there’s a paved area, filled with potted plants for summer evening dining.
When England does reach tropical climes, a water feature often helps cool a garden down (above right) – even if just through the calming sound of running water. This refreshing water feature is a breath of fresh air in this warm and inviting walled garden, complete with garden orangery.
These Mediterranean-inspired courtyards beautifully complement our orangeries, conservatories and garden rooms – with the courtyard garden often starting inside the light and bright extension and working its way out into the sunshine.
Hopefully this post has given you some ideas for how you could find a corner of the Mediterranean in your own garden. Take a look at our case studies to find more inspiring ideas to transform your living space.