Even if your yard is entirely a patio, there's still room for a garden. Whether you only have a small sliver of available soil next to the pavement, or there's no open ground but plenty of open patio to use, you can add plants to make the space more beautiful and inviting. Here are our favorite ideas for patio gardens that'll have you gardening on your outdoor lounge space ASAP.
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Plant Spillers Along a Retaining Wall
This small seating area is abundant with blooms thanks to the colorful perennial plantings spilling over the retaining wall and onto the edge of this compact patio space. Tall Siberian iris add vivid purple tones that enhance the cobalt blue table.Continue to 2 of 23 below.
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Add Palms to Mirror a Fountain
Tall, sculptural potted plants mimic this courtyard water feature. The sprawling palm fronds and scratchy trunks add texture and color to the tile and stucco space.Continue to 3 of 23 below.
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Define Space With a Canopy
This charming patio retreat has a dramatic open-air canopy draped with flowering white wisteria. When this perennial vine isn't flowering, there are plenty more blooms happening in this well-planned garden design. Learning about bloom times helps you plan a garden that displays flowers all season long.Continue to 4 of 23 below.
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Create a Vista
This patio overlooks a gorgeous tree line, and the colorful planters add to the lush natural vista, while small potted plants continue the green theme.Continue to 5 of 23 below.
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Surround Yourself With Plants
Even when your patio is tiny, smack-dab in the middle of an urban jungle, it can still play host to a variety of plants. Add them in pots, a sliver of dirt by the fence, or on a trellis up the wall. The assortment of container plantings is varied and eclectic, perfectly accenting the whimsical design of this garden space.Continue to 6 of 23 below.
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Install Large Container Plants
The potted Quickfire hydrangeas in this lush patio design offer a long season of bloom with very low maintenance, while the fern stays lush and green from spring through autumn.Continue to 7 of 23 below.
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Rely on Potted Plants
Even with a small space that serves multiple purposes, you can create a set-up that allows for a garden as well as functional areas. This little patio nook has seating areas, a grill for cooking, and a rustic stone water feature. Plants in small containers can be moved around to change the look and feel of the space.Continue to 8 of 23 below.
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Simplify With Raised Beds
Even if you feel you have virtually no garden space, a raised bed planter on a gravel walkway makes a wonderful small patio garden. Add some additional clay pots to expand your growing area.Continue to 9 of 23 below.
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Plant Lavender for a French Country Look
This rural property in France has rustic stone-edged flower beds and a narrow stone patio. Planting some colorful flowers and plenty of hearty lavender creates a French country aesthetic, and an unexpected plus: lavender lends a fresh, relaxing herby scent that helps repel insects.Continue to 10 of 23 below.
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Soften Straight Lines With Green Textures
This Florida home has a clean white patio with plenty of room to plant small shrubs near the seating area, plus one in the very middle of the patio, where a shrub breaks through in a bed of red. The organic textures and shapes balance the angular lines and add a needed burst of color to this appealing space.Continue to 11 of 23 below.
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Choose Colorful Foliage Plants
This Swedish gardener creates a simple yet stunning patio arrangement with potted grasses and shrubs. The focal point is a potted Japanese maple, whose vivid deep burgundy leaves steal the show.Continue to 12 of 23 below.
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Try Subtle Background Plantings
This sophisticated patio has stark black and cream furnishings, but if you look closer there are delicate, finely textured green plants in containers set throughout the patio area and planted along the fence. The tasteful array of plants gives a much-needed softness to this sleek design.Continue to 13 of 23 below.
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Choose One Statement Plant
This southern California home has a nice big patio area. Rather than fill it with plants, furniture, or decorative pieces, a simple seating area with a fire dish is accented primarily by a glorious flowering vine.Continue to 14 of 23 below.
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Plant Tulips in Pots
If you long for large beds of spring-flowering tulips but just don't have enough room to plant them, try them in containers on your patio. As long as they have plenty of drainage in the cold season, they will do fine in large planters.Continue to 15 of 23 below.
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Install Easy-Care Window Boxes
Gardening can be a bit messy. Window boxes are a good way to have plenty of flowers without the upkeep of container gardening or flower beds. These tasteful plantings look great with this classic slate patio, and they're easy to care for during the growing season.Continue to 16 of 23 below.
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Create a Tropical Paradise
This Florida patio features compact plantings of large tropical trees and shrubs for a dose of drama. The large lush green leaves offer a cool oasis for the seating area, while the crape myrtle tree provides a burst of bright seasonal color.Continue to 17 of 23 below.
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Spice Up Your Patio With Culinary Herb Plants
This small brick patio in Sweden is a nice way station from garden to table. With a round table to hold the day's vegetable harvest, and potted culinary herbs on the work table, this pleasant, functional space is perfect for enjoying a beverage and conversation as a simple meal is prepared.Continue to 18 of 23 below.
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Make the Most of a Small Space
This slender stone patio is a perfect spot for a bench and table, creating a space to rest, read a book, eat lunch, or just enjoy the day. Plants give this secluded oasis a rustic look.Continue to 19 of 23 below.
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Fill Your Dining Area With Greenery
Surround your dining area with large and small potted plants. The plants give this rustic patio area a vibrant and inviting look and feel.Continue to 20 of 23 below.
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Keep It Simple
This charming little corner patio area is an eclectic assortment of furnishings and small-space solutions. Simple potted plants lend texture and define levels, while a sisal rug and midcentury style chairs add geometric whimsy.Continue to 21 of 23 below.
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Create Vertical Green Walls
The clipped hedges, climbing vines, and free-form grasses give definition, height, and privacy to this patio area, creating the illusion of a living green room with lush vegetation walls.Continue to 22 of 23 below.
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Use Narrow Potted Plants
A narrow balcony space doesn't offer room for much of anything besides a few bistro chairs and a side table. But tall, narrow potted plants can find their place too. A geranium, African milk tree, cacti, and small citrus tree all contribute to the natural style.Continue to 23 of 23 below.
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Add Cottagecore Style
Potted hydrangea and herbs and sweet flower boxes bring garden style to this space that otherwise could've been located anywhere in or out of doors. The plants create a whimsical cottage look, and the herbs add some pleasing fragrance for a dreamy atmosphere.
How do you start a garden patio?
To start patio garden, add container plants, window boxes, or hanging plants. If you have a sliver of open ground, you can use that too to plant a few more things. Just keep in mind how you want to use the space other than for gardening to make sure you can still use it for that purpose.
How can I make my patio look nice?
To make a patio look nice, choose furnishings, colors, plants, or objects you like to look at. Your patio should be a place where you enjoy spending time. Planting some annuals in containers is a simple way to start adding some seasonal color to your patio area.
What grows well on a patio?
If your patio gets a decent amount of sun, you can grow annual flowers or small flowering shrubs in containers. Pots of culinary herbs look and smell great, are easy to grow, and provide fresh ingredients for cooking.