10 of the best modern courtyard gardens

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Create an intimate courtyard garden in your home for a place to entertain guests or just relax and indulge in a few leisurely pastimes.

Turn a small courtyard into a quiet oasis with layers of fresh foliage and fauna, thus creating a zen-like paradise that you can call your own. If you prefer to soak up the suns rays, then introduce a Mediterranean feel to your courtyard with warm sandstone, shuttered windows and lush Euphorbia blooms and Ivy.

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