A planter of bamboo and a petite Japanese maple, along with a simple wood-slat trellis and minimalist furniture, create a peaceful space in which to unwind. A palette of white, natural wood, stone and lush greenery helps boost feelings of relaxation. Choose smooth river stones as mulch, and just one meaningful sculpture or icon.
Consider entertaining zones If the space allows, opt for a range of entertaining zones to keep it interesting and functional. You can have a dining area, a lounging area with sun lounges or deck chairs, bench seats or outdoor occasionals.
Laidlaw Schultz architects 6. Add warmth When it’s outdoor film night, there’s often a chill in the air after dark, even during summer. The modern ethanol fire pit, also referred to as bio-fuel, is easy to use – no wood is required and it’s virtually odourless. This keeps the neighbours happy, and the wide range on the market means there’s a product to suit your style.
The simple and serene elegance of a Japanese garden is a perfect match for a sustainable garden – and a great way to minimise watering. A small selection of plantings combined with white pebbles and pavers, as in this garden, can turn your courtyard into an internationally-inspired talking point