How to build a courtyard garden [part 4]

In this video you will see the courtyard garden (design shown in how to design a courtyard garden video) being built.

This is the first stage of the courtyard garden construction.

The paving slabs will be laid in a couple of months time, so you will have to use your imagination a little bit (or watch the next video in the series, see below for details). The rendered wall planters are built, so you will still get a good idea of the garden design layout.

You can also view this courtyard garden landscaping video along with many more on the Successful Garden Design YouTube Channel.

The earth moves!

Building a courtyard garden in this part of Spain is tricky because the area is subject to a lot of ground movement, the concrete is reinforced with metal to help prevent cracking. A plastic mesh is also worked into the wall rendering for the same reason.

The paving slabs will bring the ground level up approx 10cm (4″) higher, which will make the wall planters a look lower. The garden should be completed at Easter time. I will do a follow up video when the garden is finished. The paving, water feature and plants will make an enormous difference to the finished garden, I can’t wait to see it done!

Garden Update

You don’t have to wait to see how the courtyard garden turned out, you can see it on the courtyard garden design update page. The update video will show you how the garden looked after six and eighteen months.

Time to plan your own garden?

As now is a really good time to be planning the garden, the next 3 blog posts will be galleries of completed gardens. These will hopefully give you plenty of good ideas to put into your own garden design.

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About Rachel Mathews

Professional international garden designer for over 20 years. My mission is to de-mystify garden design and make it easy for people to successfully design their own garden - without needing to spend a fortune!


  1. Rachel, I’m floored by your incredible videos. And I want to move to Spain.

    This year my plan is to get my gardens weeded (too much other work last summer), and hopefully plant vegetables in a small bed I have started.

    Planning garden activities is my way of getting through the agony of what seems to be an endless winter (the days are getting longer, yippee!).

  2. Thanks Stacey! I’m quite tempted to move out there too! ;o)

    Now is definitely a good time to plan ahead with the garden. I’m all for growing vegetables – I really got into that last year and loved it. Going to try more fruit this year.

    Good luck with yours.

  3. WOW- loved that so much! That is one rock-n-roll courtyard. I am int he process of creating my own sort of courtyard space in my own yard here in the Northwest. Very inspiring!

    • Rachel Mathews says:

      Thanks Christina, glad it inspired you – love to see your courtyard when it’s done, keep us posted!


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