When you have a small backyard, there are many creative patio garden ideas to give your home's exterior a stylish makeover. A potted garden can offer an easy way to plant a garden in a smaller space, but it can also provide a variety of additional benefits. If you move from one home to another, you can easily bring your potted garden to the new place so that your patio feels like home instantly. If you're looking for a change, you can easily rearrange planters and other containers to design an entirely new space with the same plants or new ones. Instead of just planting a few of your favorite flowers in pots, consider some of these ideas for a creative and enjoyable look.
Set up a trellis with climbing plants
From morning glories to climbing ivy, you can add greenery to any bare space with a trellis. The trellis allows plants to attach themselves and climb the side of your home or garage with ease. Morning glories come in a variety of colors, but they only bloomin the morning.
Use hanging planters
If you don't have a lot of patio space, but you want to add a splash of color and plant life, you can use hanging planters to liven up your patio. If you have an overhanging roof or a pergola, you can hang planters from the top to create a warm and welcoming space. If you have a canopy set up in your backyard, consider small hanging planters from the corners of the structure.
Create dimensions with various size planters
When you have a patio garden, you can add layers, levels and dimensions by using planters of varying size. Start with a large planter full of flowers and add smaller planters to the side and in front of the biggest planter. Instead of keeping your patio garden symmetrical, choose the planter that you'd like to be your focal point and work around it with plants of varying heights, widths and colors.
Plant multiple species in one pot
Create visual appeal and a look that is unique to your garden with a variety of plant species. If you plant annuals, you can change the plants each year, but if you plant only perennials, you can add variety by combining different plants in the same container.
Design a cozy garden hideaway
Create an intimate space by surrounding your patio with large planters and overflowing greenery. When you set patio furniture directly in front of a tightly packed garden space, you can create the feel of a private and isolated garden.
Travel to the tropics in your backyard
Tropical plants are the perfect patio accent when placed in large planters and containers. Because of weather constraints, you'll want to bring the plants inside when the temperature drops below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes it ideal to plant them in pots and other containers.
Ensure adequate sunlight
Most plants need 6 to 8 hours of bright sunlight per day. Choose your location carefully, and take note the amount of daily sunlight your patio garden will receive.
Keep an eye on climbing plants
Be cautious when you plant climbers like ivy or morning glories, as many climbing plants can take over your yard or patio if you don't regularly maintain the landscaping. If you only want them in a certain area, trim these plants as they start to grow outside the boundaries.
Water plants frequently
While they are convenient, potted plants tend to dry out quickly. If you're going to make a potted garden, you should water your plants more frequently than you would if you planted them in the ground.