Mediterranean Courtyard Design
It makes perfect sense that the word “paradise” comes from the Persian word for an enclosed garden, because that’s exactly what you have with a Mediterranean courtyard. A Mediterranean courtyard can be a place of comfort, a quiet haven, a shady retreat for an afternoon siesta, a setting to eat in the cool of the evening. A water feature is a recent addition in a Mediterranean courtyard. A water feature, such as a fountain, is almost required in a Mediterranean courtyard for its sound, beauty and cooling properties. Courtyard walls magnify the sound of falling water, while dappled light reflecting off it makes pleasing patterns on the walls. Trellises and arbors, as well as elaborate gateways, may be part of the design. Urns, as decoration or to hold plants, have been used in Mediterranean courtyards since the time of ancient Rome. The pale colors of pea gravel and sandstone surfacing material and stucco on the walls contribute to a Mediterranean mood.