You might like this, I loved it: http://www.hometalk.com/153016/flower-gardening-turning-a-dead-area-into-a-southern-style-courtyard
Thank you Miriam. I was going to suggest you look at mine. I did most of this with reclaimed, repurposed,flea market and "dumpster diving" items. The purchased items were the 12x12 blocks and some of the flowers. Post a photo of the area you are going to be working with. I'm sure people will give you ideas
Yes, Peggy, it will help to see photos, and to know what type of exposure your courtyard has.