Spanish Splendor

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Spanish courtyards are tailor-made for San Antonio’s semi-arid climate, and we couldn’t be happier. Influenced by Roman and Moorish civilizations, Spanish-style courtyards and gardens are ideal for creating outdoor rooms for entertaining or relaxing.

Spanish courtyards typically feature a spacious hardscape area, a central fountain, bird bath or basin of water, container plants and limited planting areas.

There are lots of trees and plants that thrive here and give you a Spanish courtyard feel. Here are a few options you could incorporate into your design.

  • Trees — Mexican olive, live oak, citrus, mesquite, crepe myrtle
  • Shrubs — Knock Out roses, coral bean, esperanza, palms, bottle brush, pride of Barbados, pomegranate
  • Cactus and succulents — sedums, spineless prickly pear, red yucca, agaves
  • Creeping and filler plants — moss rose, rosemary, and herbs of all kinds
  • Vines and weaving plants — crossvine, confederate jasmine, flame vine, evergreen wisteria

Bed areas are often limited so plants should be carefully selected. Invest in one or two large container in a vibrant color or classic terracotta to make a statement and plant each with a selection of 3 to 5 plants that do well in containers. Although patio and courtyard walls can be an investment, once in place they are simple to maintain and wonderful to enjoy.


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