Real garden: Juan Carlos Cure's tiny tropical courtyard

Real gardens: tiny tropical courtyard

Discover how one reader transformed a barren, basement courtyard, into a tropical hideaway

Real garden: Juan Carlos Cure's tiny courtyard is now a tropical hideaway
Real garden: Juan Carlos Cure’s tiny courtyard is now a tropical hideaway

The tiny 5mx5.5m basement courtyard was a depressingly bare space when Juan Carlos Cure moved into his London home. And the large glass doors meant the view of the unloved outside area dominated his living room and kitchen too. Undeterred by the small size and shady conditions, Juan set about creating a tropical hideaway. By covering the boundaries in plants, and layering different sizes and shapes of foliage, he has created a garden that looks gorgeous from indoors and outdoors. He has also made the space look far larger than it really is.

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