Patios are outdoor spaces that typically belong to a residence and are often paved. You’ll find patio’s attached to homes, businesses, and apartments. Sometimes the areas are big, and other times they are small, as is often the case with apartment patios. No matter the size, a patio garden is designed a bit different than regular gardens. Here are five steps for designing your patio garden.
1. Examine the Size of Your Patio
As we mentioned above, patios come in different sizes. Is your’s a large or a small patio? The size will play a big part in your design choice. Take a piece of paper and map out the size of your patio and where you would like plants and flowers. Or choose a template to perform such a task online.
2. Include Plants in Containers
No matter the size of your patio, plants or flowers in containers are a favorite design choice. Go with large pots with a variety of flowers within for large patio spaces. Choose smaller versions for smaller patio spaces. Small patio spaces, for example, can benefit from a multitude of potted plants. In fact, they can represent the bulk of your patio plant life.
3. Focus on the Quality of the Plants Rather Than the Quantity
Even though you may be able to buy a multitude of plants for your patio, the quality of the plants is more important than the quantity. Choose only healthy plants from reputable dealers. Don’t choose plants that look dull and dry, even if they are on sale. Always focus on choosing plants that are healthy and thriving.
4. Determine if Your Space Requires Sun, Shade or Both
Some patio spaces are covered, others are not. Before you choose your plants, you’ll need to determine how much sun your patio gets. Plants that are intended for the shade are typically suited for covered patios or patios that get enough shade. Plants that are intended for the sun may not do well in sheltered conditions.
5. Choose Plants in Your Zone
No matter whether you choose plants for sun or shade, you must select plants only suited to your zone. A hardiness zone or zone is your location’s climate in relation to plants and flowers. For example, some plants that grow in San Diego, California (10a/10b) may not grow in Chicago, Illinois (6a). Go online and locate a hardiness zone to determine the zone for your area and then buy plants accordingly.
In San Diego, Agave and Jupiter’s Beard, for example, are hardy. In Chicago, hostas, and tulips, for example, are hardy. Most plants come with a zone indicator when you purchase them. Also, if you are buying your plants at a local plant store, they will sell plants that correspond with your zone.
Having a patio garden is not only beautiful, but gardening and maintaining your patio garden can turn into a fun and calming hobby. Plan everything out and buy the correct plants for the highest chance of success.