6 cute courtyard garden ideas to transform your small space

These courtyard garden ideas are just the thing if you love the idea of a romantic English garden, but don't have loads of room

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If you are always lusting after lovely courtyard garden ideas, but not sure how to recreate in your small outdoor space, then fear not because we are here to help. Here you will find plenty of tips and ideas to show that no matter what size space you are working with you can definitely inject some of those lovely classic English garden vibes. 

Keep scrolling for six romantic courtyard garden ideas that are simple to copy and head over to our garden ideas page too for plenty more tips on getting your garden perfect. Oh, and of course all these ideas can be apply to a patio or decking too – some could even a adapted for a balcony!

1. Go for a modern take on a courtyard garden 

Maxine Brady transformed her small garden into a Moroccan-inspired haven

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When you think of courtyard garden ideas, your mind does go to very traditional, rose-covered, classically English spaces. But a courtyard garden can have a more contemporary vibe too. Just check out this space – very boho and Moroccan inspired. It's totally paved with is a very practical, low maintenance option but it have been softened with plenty of potted pots and climbers. Loving the vivid colours too!

For a full tour of this real garden transformation, head over to the feature. 

2. Cover a courtyard or patio with a pergola 

Patio with lights and paper lanterns

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A way to instantly make your patio, decking or courtyard garden feel more like a separate space in your garden, or to add privacy is a pergola. We have seen them popping up everywhere this summer and there are some really affordable options out there. This one from Wayfair is only £71.99. B&Q's is only £60. Bargain(s). 

3. Pick a bistro set to max out space in a courtyard garden

Islay outdoor bistro table and folding chairs

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Bistro sets and courtyard gardens just go hand in hand. But not only are they really pretty and very in keeping with the whole romantic feel, they are practical too and really compact so great if you have a smaller space. Plus you can usually fold them up and store them easily during the winter. 

For more of the best bistro sets head to our buying guide.

4. Expand your courtyard garden with mirrors 

Secluded courtyard garden

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We love this courtyard garden idea. In fact, it's a trick that would work in any garden. Hang a mirror on a wall and let plants grow around it, it will expand the space too by creating the illusion that the garden continues beyond the wall. You can pick up lovely second hand mirrors from Ebay and Etsy or just shop your own home and see what can be relocated to the garden. Bear in mind though that mirrors designed to be used outdoors will weather better in the long run.

5. String up the fairy light for ambience 

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Putting up fairy lights in your garden always makes the space instantly feel cosier. String them over your patio, decking area or courtyard, in the trees, around windows, over potted plants. We say more is more when it comes to fairy lights. Add in some lovely lanterns too, to create even more of a glow. 

6. Add potted plants for privacy and greenery 

cottage garden

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If your paved or decked space is looking a little bare, add some privacy, texture and greenery – plus height – with plenty of potted plants. You don't need a lot of space to get into container gardening – just check out our guide to container gardening for loads of ideas to get you started. 

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