Good weather means it’s time to get outside and enjoy all Mother Nature has to offer, and of course, it’s the ideal time to get hands dirty and have a little gardening fun.
Whether it’s during family get-togethers or hanging out with friends, your patio is where people gather. It’s like the living room of your yard! When choosing patio plants, pay attention to how much sun or shade your patio receives throughout the day, then read plant labels before buying.
With all that in mind, here are some of our favorite patio plants to transform your backyard into a welcoming oasis.
This delicate annual with a sweet fragrance is lovely cascading from hanging baskets or window boxes. It tolerates a light frost so it has a very long bloom time. Alyssum likes full sun but can handle a little shade.
Succulents are easy to grow and come in hundreds of colors, shapes, and sizes! Some types tolerate extreme cold; read the tag to make sure the ones you purchase are suited to your USDA Hardiness zone. They like full sun and are drought-tolerant once established.
These tiny flowers that look like miniature snapdragons bloom from spring to fall. Nemesia prefers part sun in hot climates with afternoon shade, and full sun in cooler climates.
If you’re looking for an eye-catching plant with huge leaves in bright colors, try caladiums. They are tropical plants that love the heat! Bring the pots indoors in winter to enjoy as a house plant.
Eggplant may not be the first plant you think of as an ornamental, but they’re quite attractive, especially when the adorable baby eggplants begin to mature. New types are compact and ideal for containers, and they have thornless leaves so they’re easy to harvest.
Begonias come in a staggering array of colors and types, and some are grown strictly for their showy foliage. They’re usually treated as annuals, though you can try overwintering them indoors for winter.
If you have a shady patio, this dramatic annual is for you! With stunning flowers in shades of red, purple or pink, they’re absolutely gorgeous draping over the edges of hanging baskets or window boxes.
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Gourmet greens and baby lettuce are super-expensive at the grocery store, so why not grow them yourself? Plant in pots or window boxes, sprinkling seeds heavily over soil, then keep moist until they sprout.
Unlike vining or heirloom tomatoes, which need staking, many new varieties of cherry tomatoes grow in bush form, so they work well in pots or hanging baskets.
A growing trend in outdoor living means that our patios are treated as outdoor rooms, an extension of our homes. Thriving patio plants are an essential part of how we view our patios: a tropical retreat, a formal entertaining space, or a family-friendly bird and butterfly zone.
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