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Courtyard photos

A tiny backyard, 33'x 22' needed to be intimate, functional and sophisticated. The clients are well travelled, and love to entertain.
Solution, a European style courtyard.

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February 13, 2013
Vicki Mcmahon wrote:
Can you please give a quick tutorial of how you did this? I love the look and want to do this in a large abou.
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Hi, Vicki, we can give you a brief tutorial if you call us at 877-796-8873.
    Bookmark   January 12, 2015 at 11:55AM
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July 25, 2012
dlavelanet wrote:
Is there a special grass used, one that does not grow very fast and does not require maintenance?
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This product looks very similar to our Urban Garden range. The overall look acheived here is fantastic - very different.
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dlavelanet, Global Syn-Turf's artificial grass is just what you're looking for! Our grasses are designed to thrive in a variety of weather conditions and require zero maintenance! Call us at 877-796-8873 or visit us at for more info. Below is a picture of our grass in a similar situation to the one pictured above.
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February 1, 2015
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May 12, 2013
oscarthefig wrote:
I LIKE it! What size pavers were used for this?

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Debra Prinzing added this to Ornament Your Garden the Artful Way
There are lawns. And then there are works of art. Perhaps your rectangular patch of turf feels lush. But why not give it an artistic treatment, like this enticing Alice in Wonderland–inspired checkerboard of grass and concrete pavers? (P.S. This lawn is durable, permeable and decorative — not to mention mowable!)Remember: The nonplant elements and pieces that you incorporate into the garden should be a reflection of your personal style. At the terminus of this patchwork-quilted lawn is a gorgeous contemporary water feature. Unique and functional, it balances the two-dimensional "floor" with just the right three-dimensional form.

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Synthetic grass
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Use of tiles and grass checkerboard
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hummm grass and brick?
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Sort of like paver grass mix can cut down on synthetic cost
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Love the checkerboard
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tile and grass
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Some grass, some stone
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Fabulous lawn treatment for medium sized area
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checkered patio area - good idea to cut down on amount of grass
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humorous and fun
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For plants only
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Garden tiles
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Purple behind green bushes so you only see the purple
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Courtyard. Less grass but still pretty
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pavers and lawn checkerboard
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checkerboard lawn / pavers - very cool
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grass area
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chequerboard pattern of lawn & paving
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Checked garden
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green amongst pavers
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back yard
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box hedge and salvias and tree
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Our backyard
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The fake grass
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Artificial pet grass
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Angela's back yard
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Like the flowers
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Checkered lawn!
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Alice in wonderland garden
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Tile lawn with mulch
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Checkered grass and balls on edging!
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beautiful work....
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Good idea for palakkad house landscape
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alice in wonderland checkerboard garden
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Artificial turf
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Beau damier
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Surface solution
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checkerboard stones
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small hedging with the lavender
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Great yard
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ASTRO TURF between concrete stepping stones
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Idée intéressante de faire des carreaux en dalles et en pelouse
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for alturas yard
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lovely chess garden
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Use CA native flop over low-water grass.
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? Back yard
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Entrance courtyard
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clean lines
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Back yard
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Tile pattern
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Love this grass.
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The garden. Not the squares
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Grass layout
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the whimsy it adds to the yard
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chequer garden
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evergreen edge
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checkered pattern - possibility
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piso concreto e grama
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Trees break up garden
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Checkerboard grass
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Nice checker board design and landscape design
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Ground cover
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Retaining grass and creating a small patio between front bed and foundation plants - privacy
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Low maintenance fun design
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grass and cement radio. very cool
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the checkerboard grass and pavers
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My fountain!!!
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fountain, checkerboard
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Sedum in lieu of grass
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Idea for C street garden
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Natural hedge
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more formal spaces created by breaking up space with planting (ignore checkerboard)
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The harlequin pattern
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I like the plants on the left
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Paving and grass
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Getting inspiration!
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Alice in wonderland
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checkered cement and grass
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Entertainment space
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Courtyard artificial grass
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Lawn alternative
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Patterns in grass and beautiful flowers.
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Garage side corner
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artificial grass
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גינה מענינת
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astro turf??
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another good idea
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love the look!
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love the chequerboard
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Chequered turf
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Grass I between the patio stones
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Leads to small area of interest like...
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Concrete squares
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Checkered yard
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square pavers in lawn
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grass squares, lime and purple
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Large path pavers with artificial grass for area that won't grow grass in back yard
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Front garden idea
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patio blocks
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Checkerboard grass
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mix of concrete and grass
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Patio with artificial grass
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use of artificial turf
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Ok good
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along path to front door
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City courtyard
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Carreaux de couvre sol
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