Since I know you all better here than the people on the Garden forum I thought I'd crosspost here in case anyone is interested in weighing in on our courtyard design. As you'll see, this courtyard is in our backyard and, though it has a long way to go, we need to make some decisions soon. I am trying to decide both what style and size fountain and also how to "trim" the edges of the parterre portions of this courtyard. While I initially thought dwarf boxwood was the answer, I forgot that the walls closest to the house will only have a foot of a reveal at most and that having hedges higher than the wall might look odd. Behind that is the sunken patio for our walk out basement and we didn't want it to feel like a dungeon so those walls are not as high as the ones you'll see elsewhere.
I'm open to anything that fits with the Georgian look I'm going for. Thanks.
Here is a link that might be useful: my post on the garden forum