I shared pictures of our outside areas in this post, and we went to the garden centre a few weekends back and bought a few plants to put in our courtyard garden. Then I've been gradually getting them into pots and planting seeds.
I moved the table to underneath the window as that area gets the most sun in the afternoon and evening, and this is when we'll be using the garden the most. Luckily every part of the garden gets some sun through the day at different times.
Lined up against the kitchen wall are our edible plants, from left to right, first planter onions and rocket seeds (not grown yet), planter with the trellis in random one left by landlords (We're going to see if anything grows in it, if not we'll hide it somewhere), the small pot next to the broom has basil seeds and the long planter is our herb garden containing parsley, mint, coriander, garlic and thyme, next to the door are tomatoes.
Then on the other side are the flowers and shrubs
I also took the tarpaulin off the barbecue and the bikes to move them into the corner, as they were in the middle of the wall so hogging quite a bit of space. I also managed to get them back under one tarpaulin rather than two so they are a bit more streamlined.
Once the plants all fill in a bit and the seeds grow I think this little area will look a lot brighter. It's already much better just having some plants out there and having it ready to use for eating outside, barbecuing and sitting in the evening with a glass of wine...