Planning Your Patio Garden
By: Roy Thomsitt -
A patio can be a wonderful place to
relax during the warm days of spring, summer and autumn;
or all year if you live in warmer climes. At times when
the lawn may be too wet or even muddy, the solid floor of
a patio means you can sit outside even after heavy rain
and make the most of the fresh air, and visual pleasure
of your garden. You can even turn your patio into a patio
garden to make it more interesting.
You can turn the plainest of patios into a patio garden
with the good use of containers or outdoor planters. If
you are starting from nothing, and designing and building
(or having designed and built) a completely new patio,
then it is worth giving the garden aspect of the patio
The reason for the pre-planning is that you have an
opportunity to create something very special with little
extra expense beyond the foundation work and the patio
floor. Here are just a few thoughts to build in at the
design stage, so your patio garden can be more than just
a flat area of paving slabs.
Colour Scheme for the Patio
When planning a new patio it is best to consider the
colour scheme beyond just the colour of the paving slabs.
If you want a patio garden, then you will need containers
to grow plants in. Try to be sure that you can obtain
containers or planters which blend well with the colour
of the slabs. For example, light brown paving slabs above
may look very nice, but are not so easy to blend in
naturally with surroundings, or find complementary
Natural grey stone, on the other hand, is much easier to
find suitable planters for, and can have a much more
natural appearance in the garden.
That is not to say paving slabs other than grey cannot be
used, but just bear in mind the rest of the decor you
will need to fit in to make your patio garden attractive.
As with many aspects of garden design, height is
important when planning a patio garden. This can be
achieved in a number of ways, which can all be used at
the same time. Here are some examples:
1. Consider having a wall around the patio, on which you
can put a few containers. On a patio or terrace, columns
and balusters can be very attractive, and add a
2. Consider having a covered or partly covered patio.
That gives you the opportunity to not only provide shade
and cover, but allow for trellis on one side. That way
you can grow climbing plants on the patio which add that
all important height to the patio garden.
3. Choose some high containers that will immediately
contrast with your smaller containers.
4. Choose some tall growing plants and container suitable
shrubs, to contrast with the low growing and trailing
Consider Your View and Adjacent Garden
It is best not to design the patio in isolation, but
consider it in conjunction with the view you would most
like to see. This means that the positioning is
especially important, as are the garden design
considerations in the surrounding garden.
For example, if you want sweet smelling plants to fill
your senses on a warm evening, you can plant them next to
the patio. Or, if you want a private area in which to
sit, some taller shrubs outside the patio in that area
may provide you with just that.
By using a combination of the above features, you can
develop a patio garden that will be a pleasing and
impressive feature of your garden overall, and also be a
great place to relax on those balmy sunny days. Try to
visualize it in full before starting work on
construction, and your garden patio could end up as your
dream garden patio.
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This patio garden
article was written by Roy Thomsitt, owner author of the
gardens and decor web site.