The outdoor design for an urban dwelling is something totally different to a sprawling suburban or country yard. There's much less space, to be sure. But you also have to take in mind your neighbors (and how much you want to see of them) and also what feels appropriate for your area and even your type of home.
What's on your side, though, is that you have a lot of elements to play with in not a lot of space, so you can afford to get really creative with materials and layout, like these 12 modern courtyard-style gardens did.
Above, designer Megan Pflug's Brooklyn garden makeover.
A London terrace by Candy & Candy on Architectural Digest.
A hot pink, family-friendly space featured by Stuart Craine in The Guardian.
The top view of a Manhattan townhouse courtyard from architects Anne Marie Lubrano and Lea Ciavarra on Dwell.
A long Bed-Stuy backyard from New Eco Landscapes on Houzz.
A courtyard design by Neil Attenborough from Style at Home.
KV Harper's Bed-Stuy abode on Aphrochic.
A San Francisco Victorian townhome from Feldman Architecture featured on One Kind Design.
The landscape architects at Nelson Byrd Woltz designed this NYC outdoor space from Dwell.
A patio space from Reddoor's landscape design portfolio.
The yard of Catbird founder Rony Vardi’s Brooklyn home on Vogue.
A peek behind a Victorian brownstone from Architect Julian King and featured in International Architecture & Design Magazine.