A courtyard is an open space that is surrounded by buildings or by walls. Using some beautiful plants in your courtyard area in front of your home or business will enhance the curb appeal of your structure. If you are an urban dweller, your courtyard may not be big, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be spectacular. There are several courtyard plants that you can choose. Hostas are ornamental perennials (returning annually) that do well in all but the hottest grow zones. A hosta is characterised by large leaves that mushroom into a full, low mound from the plant’s centre. They’re useful in small, mostly shady courtyards, although they also do well in sun-dappled spaces and thrive beneath small trees as groundcover. Hostas are easy to divide when they become very full, and the cutting can be replanted in another area. Another choice of courtyard plants is a Red pygmy Japanese Maple shrub, which grows slowly and doesn’t get tall. It likes full sun but can adapt to some shade. The Red pygmy, which has reddish-purple leaves and small purple flowers that bloom in the spring, needs to be in a sheltered area, such as found in a courtyard.
Hydrangeas also can be a good choice for your courtyard. come in a variety of forms including trees, shrubs and vines. Shrubs, such as the bigleaf or oakleaf hydrangeas, work well in small spaces, growing between 4 and 7 feet tall. In northern climates, most hydrangea shrubs prefer full sun, but in warm southern climates, afternoon shade is best. The variety Blue Billow does well in partial shade no matter what climate it is grown in.