Sleek Courtyard (With a Couple of Surprises)

Sleek Courtyard (With a Couple of Surprises)

Susie Nadler
Sep 2, 2009

This chic and modern courtyard at the home of garden designer Suzanne McKevitt contains a few fun, unexpected choices. When we came across the garden on Sunset magazine's blog, Fresh Dirt, we studied the photo like a Where's Waldo, trying to spot the playful tricks. Can you find them?

First of all, the little rectangular "carpet" beneath the seating area is not, in fact, grass, but fake turf. We think it looks pretty great, considering that it's synthetic!

As a little cheeky nod to nature, though, McKevitt has planted an actual weed, a dandelion, in the corner of her turf carpet. We like the way this makes the whole set-up feel a little less sleek and perfect. Then again, we're not big weed-haters in general; if we were to go with fake turf, it would probably be as a water-saving measure, rather than to preserve a "perfect" look.

Have you ever tried fake grass in your garden? Would you go there?

Fresh Dirt is always full of fun outdoor inspiration. Check it out!

(Images: Fresh Dirt)

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