This Courtyard Is For Living

These beautiful sculpted doors open into an delightful courtyard

These beautiful sculpted doors open into a delightful courtyard.

The sofas are flanking an outdoor fireplace.

The sofas are flanking an outdoor fireplace.

When I saw this courtyard last week in Florida, I thought it was worth a post on Birmingham Gardening Today. One of my favorite things to do is to look at what others are doing and learn from them. I for one think the courtyards at Alys Beach near Seaside, Florida, are some of the most beautiful in the South. While the plantings are a combination of plants that will survive in our metro area and tropicals, the looks are striking. As fall approaches, the lure of an outdoor fireplace is so appealing. The all white stucco walls and stone floor with irregular edges make an excellent environment to enjoy the cool evenings ahead. The brown sofas that flank the fireplace are comfortable and very durable. While it is hard to see, two small single shoot fountains that splash into small pools on either side of the fireplace, provide a beautiful sound and give one a sense of cooling on warmer days and in the summer. Note how the four palm trees, underplanted with mondo grass, provide a canopy for the courtyard. There are many trees in our area that would be a good substitute, like crepe myrtle, Japanese maples, and yellowwood. Learning from other areas of the country and adapting some of their ideas to our area make for unique, beautiful courtyards.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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