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Carns Garden. Shaded Arbor and Sitting Area An arbor offers a shady spot along the back wall of the back courtyard. “My garden is a mix of formal and casual,” explains Judy. “I love the casualness of black-eyed Susans and sunflowers combined with elegant and dazzling tropicals like orchids and mandevillas.” Picturesque Courtyard Garden | Traditional Home

Use a hillside garden's natural contour changes to add dimension to a landscape. In this example, stone stairs draw the eye up to a higher seating area.