Courtyards are characterized by enclosure. Whether it’s bounded by a fence or a wall, the courtyard is a private world. The intimate nature of courtyards is a strength but they’re often small spaces. However, small courtyards give you the opportunity to beautify a space within the architectural design of your home. In small courtyards, grow vegetables, herbs, ornamental plants and climbing vines can grow there. By contributing natural elements into the small courtyard, you not only create a pleasing entertainment area but also can grow food and flowers for get-togethers.