Flowers for a small courtyard Garden, with pictures , photos of flowers and plants.
The variegated leaf colour of this pink phlox adds interest to the area close to the ground even when it is not in flower...
As with planning most types of garden often the easiest starting point is to think about the factors that exist and cannot be altered.
These may be areas of the garden that are in shade or part-shade.
The type of soil the garden has.
Structures such as sheds and paths that cannot be moved.
The space that you have for the planting area needs to be considered.
Are there already plants in your courtyard garden area that need to be kept or are you starting your courtyard garden from scratch?
Planning what plants to buy for your courtyard area.
When selecting flowers and plants to grow in a court yard garden it is important to think about the size of the plant and the space they will occupy. Remember to consider how large the plant will grow too, do not be fooled by a small plant in a samll pot. Select plants that are not invasive, plants that spread by self seeding profusely or by roots that creep and take over areas of the garden will make work for the future as you struggle to control their spreading.
Close proximity to neighbouring plants means that the plants need to be chosen with care to enhance the group rather than one overwhelming the others.
Some plants will be better suited to being planted as edging plants than others, usually these will be the shorter more densely growing plants. These types of plants are the ones to use to soften the edges of the hard paving areas with the presence of their foliage and flowers. Usually they will be selected for their compact growing habit and also colour of foliage is often important. Variegated plants can work well here.
All of these factors need to be kept in mind when selecting a planting scheme for your small courtyard. You may want to draw up a plan of the plants you want to buy and where you will be planting them. Research now into the suitablity of them for their planting locations could save you time and money in the future.
a brightly coloured foliage plant ...
Plants for a court-yard that is in a walk through area may be selected by a different criteria to the type of court-yard used as a place to sit out and relax.
A walk through area will need plants that do not shed their leaves onto the pathway, nor should they flop forward too much or form trip hazards. A plant like a low growing thyme could be ideal as an edging plant, the maintenance required will be just to trim and tidy it occasionally. Thyme comes in some nice varieties and colours and a mix of these may work well for a planting scheme. Thrift is another pretty and compact plant for edging.
Heuchera varieties for foliage colour in the flower border
Plant name, Heuchera,
If you want a plant with bright coloured leaves in your garden borders then this flaming red-orange foliage plant may be the one you are searching for. With white flowers in the summer this plant has leaf colours that are bright when the foliage is young and it then changes to a peachy-plum later in the year at the end of the summer and into early autumn.
Heuchera Tiramisu. This plant has attractive leaves in copper yellow and red shades.
Heuchera Citronelle. This plant has lime green leaves and creamy white flowers.
Aubretia is a useful edging plant and will fit in to most planting schemes
Flowers for a courtyard area.
Flowers in a Courtyard Garden.
Flowers in a courtyard will often have to grow in a limited space, they may be in areas of shade or part-shade. They can be planted in raised beds or small border areas in the centre of borders or if low growing can be used where they edge the paving areas. The courtyard area of some gardens are designed to require minimal up-keep. If this is true then selecting plants that do not require constant dead heading and tidying up is probably a good idea.
All of these factors need to be kept in mind when selecting a planting scheme for your small courtyard.
low growing plants can be planted into an area with easy maintenance if necessary..
The selection of flowers in this photo are easy to care for and their colours work well against the colour of the slate and paved area.
Flowers used here are white alyssum grown from seed.
An annual that usually self-seeds after the first year.
A dark viola - that is called Bowles Black. It is easy to grow and this viola can be grown in rockeries, containers and is an interesting and useful plant in the front of borders These are perennials but will self seed readily, creating patches of dark violas to contrast with your other flowers..
The bright pink flowering plant - which grows into a mound shaped plant - is called thrift and is a good edging plant. The one in the photo is often called sea-thrift because it will grow at sea-side locations, where some other plants dislike the salt air. A perennial trouble free plant - just tidy it up after it has flowered. They are easy to grow as long as the soil is well drained and in full sun. If the soil is too fertile or too moist, the plants will start to rot in the center, which older plants frequently do anyway.
Some varieties of phlox are low growing and would look attractive in a court yard setting, but they can look untidy when the flowers are finished, so some work is need at that time to time them up by trimming off the dead flowers.
The candy-stripe varieties can look attractive when interspersed with other flowers of a similar height.
In a courtyard garden it can sometimes be a good idea to select bright or bold colour contrasts in certain areas to draw attention to the plants.
Subtle coloured foliage plants can provide good ground cover..
Planted containers can add colour and height to this area of the garden
Containers can add diversity to the planting scheme and also height, the containers can be grouped together to make watering them simpler. Remember if people are walking close to the area with the containers fallen leaves can cause people to slip and also take care when watering, better still place them away from paths and walk-way routes.
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