Landscaping Around A Patio
The landscaping around a patio needs to draw the eye in various directions. Adding a focal point or two such as
a small water feature created out of an old urn and a colorful umbrella.
Cluster a few pots filled with tropical plants, taller ones in back with smaller ones in front, placing them
around the perimeter. A pot or small garden with some aromatic ginger that when in bloom provides a bit of
fragrance. This provides a relaxing area that is full of interest.
Your garden needs to be casual and inviting as well as practical. The landscaping around a
patio is the first thing your guests will see when stepping outside. Consider replacing the lawn
surrounding your patio with low-maintenance, water-wise plants. Add gracefully curved beds. Choose tough plants
that grow easily in your region and climate with minimum fuss; native ferns or tough shrubs or cactus. Establish
points of interest such as eye-catching succulents or spiky bronze New Zealand flax. Arranging the plants
generously and closely together creates a vintage cottage garden look.
The patio is commonly located close to your kitchen. How about a container vegetable garden?
Fill small and large pots with cherry tomato plants, red or green peppers, zucchini and various herbs such as
basil, oregano or cilantro that would be great for cutting. Add these fresh ingredients from your patio garden to
your salads or main dishes.
When landscaping around a patio try to create a rich tapestry of plants that will compliment your home’s style.
One suggestion when planting is to try to coordinate the use of color - burgundy, chartreuse, pink, purple, and
blue – this ties the garden together. Planning the landscape carefully with a variety of plants that look good
during the different seasons will keep it visually appealing all year.
A Few Final Touches
Adding landscape lighting that has been carefully arranged can create drama in the evening. Try placing some
stepping stones leading from your patio to a small corner where there may be an arbor with a bench. This provides a
relaxing place to sit and enjoy the beauty.