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A ready-to-roar gas firepit housed in a concrete “wok” from Potted heats the yard’s main seating area. The cushy pillows are covered in cloth from F & S Fabrics.

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Balance your backyard water feature, or swimming pool, with the element of fire! A sleek fire pit and bench seating gives you an opportunity to use your outdoor space when it's too cold to swim!

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Outdoor spaces do not have to large. This small courtyard space is a lush, peaceful retreat for outdoor dining and relaxing.

Completed small garden design

garden Garden drawers Like the idea of extending the indoors outside. nice fence, too! :) Circle Round for Great Garden Design Garden

Chestnut Street Hidden Garden - this is such a pretty evergreen garden that will look great all year round.

Chestnut Street Hidden Garden - this is such a pretty evergreen garden that will look great all year round! Love this Brick Herringbone Brick Path!

Raised garden beds make gardening in small spaces easy and fun.  They can also provide privacy when used on a deck or rooftop patio.

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Great use of rooftop space! Take advantage of a barren rooftop to create an outdoor space filled with raised garden beds, vegetable containers, and comfortable seating areas ready to entertain friends and family. See more ideas on rooftop gardening.

Bench raised bed made of railway sleepers. This would be great for a small veggie garden.

Bench raised bed made of railway sleepers. This would be great for a small veggie garden. (But not railway sleepers!

Lighting design- bench with open space underneath also serves to add a nice glow from under bench lights

Contemporary Deck by On Common Ground Landscapes LED strip light under floating bench seat

We love this idea, it would work really well in smaller gardens and courtyards.

A lovely flower pot display for the garden using an old ladder and potted plant colour. Would suit a patio or a small garden or balcony.

Large plants at either end of the balcony makes a very lush feeling. Banana Leaf, Trumpet Vine, Mandevilla, a tree? Clematis to name a few choices

For my little patio! Take Advantage of Texture Big, bold tropical plants create a lush feel. Their large leaves can change the scale of a small space to help it feel larger. (Plus, many tropical plants are super cool!

A Carroll Gardens garden designed by Susan Welti of Foras Studio for Carin Goldberg and Jim Biber of Pentagram (originally published in Domino). Outdoors: Modern Townhouse Garden Roundup : RemodelistaTwo views of a townhouse garden in London, via 1st Option.

A Carroll Gardens garden designed by Susan Welti of Foras Studio for Carin Goldberg and Jim Biber of Pentagram (originally published in Domino). Outdoors: Modern Townhouse Garden Roundup : RemodelistaTwo views of a townhouse garden in London, via Option.

This small court yard has been made to feel very welcoming with the use of concrete and hard surfaces. I think the warm lighting helps. I really like the retaining borders.

Even if you have a small yard, you still design a small patio that will be functional for entertaining, relaxing, and living, as well as beautiful. Use these design ideas if you want turn a tiny place behind your house into something cozy and relaxing.

Kent & SW London Garden Design Blog | Small courtyard in West Kensington

Small courtyard ideas--might consider having courtyard flowers match potted plants inside. like the flowers behind bench idea