Whether you have an ample postage stamp-size patio or a sprawling courtyard, patio plants add a touch of color and seasonal charm to your garden area. But it is also easy to get the wrong plants for the right place, especially if you are not very familiar with your garden’s existing elements. Thus, it is important to know what to look for when choosing the perfect plants to bring to your patio.
Most plants can withstand cold weather better than hot weather. In addition, some plants do better in containers than on the ground. This is particularly true if you are growing herbs and other plants that require the use of pots. For example, herbs and other plants with tall blooms like tulips, daffodils, or hydrangeas will benefit from a taller container. On the other hand, perennials, which do not need pots, will do fine on the ground. Thus, it pays to choose the plants that are suited to their surroundings.
Container-grown plants are usually more resistant to the elements than the ones you buy in the garden. If you live in an area that is prone to dry weather, then this factor should not deter you from growing container plants. However, if you are looking for a certain plant in particular, do not settle for the one that does well in containers. Make sure that the plants will tolerate the same climate you do.
If you are growing vegetables in containers, there is also another factor to consider: Do you live in a dry region? Some plants do better in a dry location than in a hot one. The same goes for herbs and ferns, which need cooling conditions to grow healthily. If you are not planning to grow any ornamental plants inside your house, this will not matter for you.
However, if you plan to plant a small vegetable in your patio, it is a good idea to plant it in pots in areas with less sunlight. Because these plants are delicate and require light to thrive, you do not want the light to be too much so they may not develop properly.
Before you plant the plants outside, decide where to position them. The best way to determine that is to have someone hold the seedling up to the sun and check if it glows. or if the leaves become glossy. If it does, you can put it in that location.
Before you start gardening, ensure that the soil is completely prepared. If you don’t know what type of soil to use, consult an expert. If you have a rocky, hard-packed backyard, you would need a firm, clay type of soil. On the other hand, if you live in a sandy, loamy area, you may want to choose a sandy or loamy type of soil. Before planting, make sure that you spread some water around the base of the container, as it will prevent the roots from drying out.
Having the right plants in your patio will increase its value as well as your comfort. Thus, if you choose the right ones, your garden will look lovely and your plants will grow healthily. You can also create a focal point by planting flowers and shrubs in the area, which adds an extra zing to it.
In terms of space, your outdoor space should be large enough. If you are planning to place an outdoor fireplace in the garden, you would have to take into account the amount of space needed for a fireplace in the area. A smaller patio would require a bigger fireplace, so you need to be very careful in choosing your choice. Also, keep in mind that the size of your garden depends on how many plants you are going to plant and how much space you have to allow the plants to grow.
You can add plants to your patio as long as they are suitable for it. For example, you can grow tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, beans and sunflowers among others. However, you should limit the number of plants to five or six plants per container, as it gives you more options to place the plants.
Planting the right plants in your backyard is easy once you learn the basics and tools to help you in doing so. The key is to have a good understanding of what type of plants are best suited to your climate, as well as being able to understand the different types of plants in your area and their growing conditions.