How to Make a Patio Garden Plan
If you want to add some color, amazing fragrance, and beauty to your patio, why not create a patio garden?
This is really quite simple to do once you have a patio garden plan in place. Start off by deciding what you intend to use your patio garden for, how you will plant the area, what practical components you need to consider, and what plants, furniture, and pavers you will select. Of course, you’ll also need to think about a theme or design for your garden.
The three most important considerations that any patio garden plan should begin with includes:
- ambience that you want to create
- garden’s purpose or function
- how to maximize small spaces
Once you have all of that determined, you can move on to the actual purchasing of items and physical labor to put it all together.
Ambience of a Patio Garden
Most home gardeners design a patio garden that features a quiet place to get away and relax. What this aspect involves depends on what you have to start with. Eyesores can be hidden behind plants, trellises, and hanging baskets. Patio furniture can be added for a quiet place to sit and relax. Pavers can be used to create a theme, design, or borders for your garden. The plants, containers, furniture, and pavers are typically selected to match your chosen function of the garden.
Function or Purpose of Your Patio Garden
The basic premise of a patio garden is that you are going to use it to grow herbs, vegetables, fruits, flowers, or some combination of these. In addition to this, you need to decide whether you are going to create a garden solely to sustain your kitchen by growing vegetables, growing a combination of vegetables and herbs, or growing a simple herb garden.
You might decide to use it for some other purpose including an outdoor eating area, an entertaining spot for dinner parties, a place to relax with friends socially, or a family area for relaxing and bonding together. No matter which garden design you intend to make use of, you are probably going to want to include some type of gardening strategy aimed at offering itself as a form of insect repellent in order to keep pests away.
The size of your patio is going to limit exactly what you can do with it to some extent. However, with some careful planning and strategizing, you can create a patio that meets as many of your intentions as you like. You can incorporate more than one purpose simply by dividing your patio garden into more than one open area and using a variety of space-saving gardening strategies.
How to Maximize Small Spaces in a Patio Garden Plan
You can maximize small spaces by planting smaller varieties, limiting the number of varieties that you grow, utilizing companion planting, limiting the number of plants for each variety, using container gardening, practicing vertical gardening, and raised bed planting. One of the benefits of each of these types of gardening is that it makes good use of small spaces efficiently and easily.
Planting smaller varieties can save space since you can use smaller containers or take up less ground. If you limit the number of varieties that you grow, you can reduce how much space you need to plant your veggies and herbs. If you utilize companion planting, you can combine more than one variety of vegetable or herb in a single container or plot of ground saving space. Following that train of thought, if you limit the number of plants for each variety of plant, you can save on the space needed for planting.
Using container gardening strategies allows you to use every nook and cranny of the garden since you can find planters, baskets, and boxes in so many different sizes from large to tiny. Today’s technology has even made it possible to plant in those hard-to-get-to spots by giving us self-watering planters and containers. If you practice vertical gardening, you can grow vining plants such as cucumbers and beans upward rather than along the ground.
Raised bed planting involves a bit of work since you need to construct a box for planting and growing. However, this practice makes it possible to grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers in locations that were once unusable for gardeners. A variation of the traditional raised bed design is the elevated patio garden design. This strategy offers a unique method of gardening that does not involve tearing up the ground, but rather incorporates the use of a garden bench, table, or elevated planter for gardening purposes. It is perfect for individuals who have difficulty bending or kneeling down on the ground, including those who are handicapped.
Patio Design with Pavers and Furniture
Depending on your existing patio and its condition, you might need or want to incorporate patio pavers to define certain areas or create pathways throughout the garden. Patio pavers are durable and easy to repair should they get damaged. While brick pavers have been the most popular style, several others are available allowing you to create your own sense of style in your patio garden. Of course, if you don’t have a patio yet, you can use pavers to create a durable floor for it.
Once you decide the primary use of your patio, you can set about staging it with furniture. If you are using your patio garden primarily for dining purposes, you should look for a set of patio chairs and table. Pick a size that is going to be large enough for your typical gathering event.
If your patio garden is designed primarily for relaxation, then you can eliminate the table and select a variety of patio chairs. If you prefer, you can include a patio glider or sofa that will accommodate more than one individual at a time. If small children are going to frequent the patio garden, consider purchasing furniture intentionally designed for small children.
If you have a pre-determined wall or corner area, you can incorporate built-in seating in that area. This allows you to keep the remaining portion of your patio open for other uses. Consider incorporating container gardening along the remaining perimeter of your patio as well as at the ends of each seating arrangement.
You can create dramatic and elegant focal points using fountains, garden urns, spiral herb gardens, or fancy companion gardening containers. One of the benefits of this type of garden is that it only takes a few minutes to change the entire look of your patio garden by moving your furniture and planters around.
Selecting Patio Garden Plants
When you are still in the planning stages, you should carefully consider how much of the patio receives full sun, partial sun, and no sun. If you want to have a successful crop, then you need to select plants that can do well given the conditions that you have.
It is important to take note of where the sun shines when gardening on a patio. Certain plants require full sun for 6 to 8 hours a day so it is important to ensure that they obtain this amount for a healthy growing season. One of the benefits to container gardening is your ability to move plants around from place to place to give them a chance at a bit more sunshine. If this is not an optimal strategy for you, it is best to choose plants that can do well given the conditions that you have. If you do intend to move your containers to catch as much sun as possible, make sure that you purchase ones that are lightweight and easy to move.
If the existing soil near your patio is unsuitable for growing, you can create your own mix using soil, compost, and fertilizer purchased from the store. Raised beds, elevated beds, and container gardening can all be used to make up for poor soil conditions.
You can either water your patio garden on a regular basis, use self-watering planters, or use a combination of both methods to provide your plants with the moisture they need.
Design your garden so that you have low-maintenance plants around the borders. Mulching provides protection from too much or too little heat while also retaining moisture. Consider using a weed-resistant cloth beneath the mulch to reduce the need to weed. Perennials are perfect choices when selecting low-maintenance plants for your garden.
You can create a border for your patio using a cluster of containers in different shapes and sizes. Use a variety of plants for a nice visual effect. Alternatively, you can use a row of identical containers. Just remember to plant a variety of vegetables and herbs or you will be eating the same type of produce each night.
Use tall plants to hide less-attractive areas of the yard or views. If you are close to a noisy highway, the thicker your growth, the better it will block out the noise.
Select fragrant colorful varieties that your guests will find enjoyable to look at as well as smell. Scented plants such as lavender attract beneficial insects. Herbs are terrific for repelling unwanted insects from the area.
If you plan to host dinner parties, plant a wide variety of produce either in containers or a raised bed that you can cook with or make a salad from. Add is some herbs for an added taste of flavor.
Designing Patio Gardens with Dining Patios
If one of the primary purposes of your outdoor garden/patio area is to enjoy dining among the beauty of your plants, then you need to take a look at how much room you are going to have left once you place your table and chairs. In order not to have to sacrifice room that could be used for growing, consider purchasing a table with storage areas built into it. This provides a handy set up for storing essential garden tools without sacrificing room that is better suited for growing. Since you limit your space, also consider relying on vertical and container gardening. You can purchase seating that includes hidden storage compartments. These storage areas can be used to store cushions or garden tools.
Soften the edges of your patio area, especially near your entertaining or dining area by planting a variety of herbs and/or flowers. What you select primarily depends on whether you want herbs to sprinkle on your food or flowers to brighten up your gathering.
Designing a Family Patio Garden
If your patio garden is going to be used by all members of the family, you need to design it in a way that it is functional for everyone. Plant some taller plants or use vertical gardening to provide shade for the very young as well as for anyone who prefers to get in out of the sunshine. Plant a variety of herbs to repel insects so that you can have a relaxing environment for family gatherings.
Set a small portion of the patio apart for a children’s garden and plant hardy plants such as tomatoes so that your children can enjoy gardening with a high likelihood of having something to show for it. Include an area for adults and older children to garden planting vegetables if you want fresh produce and flowers if you want color and fragrance.
Social or Entertaining Patio Garden Designs
If your patio is utilized mainly for entertaining and socializing, you can design it for privacy as well as for beauty. In order to create natural privacy, you can plant a small grouping of trees provided you have the soil to do so. If you are confined to concrete or macadam, a user-friendly alternative is to take advantage of vertical gardening so that your plants grow up toward the sky rather than along the ground. Not only will this type of gardening provide you with some privacy, but you’ll be able to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the growing season.
Design lounging areas so that they enjoy partial shade at least part of the day. This will avoid the need to relocate your furniture. If you already have or intend to get a hot tub, an herb garden offers an excellent way to repel unwanted insects without resorting to harsh chemicals. Trellis panels can provide the same semblance of privacy as a patio wall. Plus, they offer a finished look to the area. The trellis should have a finish that blends well with your patio garden whether you are using container, vertical, or raised bed gardening.
Designing L-shaped Patio Gardens
Many urban patios are L-shaped, limiting what you can do with them. With the clever use of your space, you can create a peaceful resting spot as well as a dining area. You can have a wall put in along the border to provide some privacy as well as definition to the patio area. Make sure that the wall is painted white to provide an added touch of brightness. You can plant along the side of the wall using raised beds, an elevated garden design, or containers. For an outdoor patio garden, planting several vegetables using the vertical method of gardening along the walls can save space while providing you with fresh cucumbers, string beans, peas, and cherry tomatoes. Use the narrowest end of the patio for benches, a glider, or several chairs for relaxation. The wider end of the patio can be used for outdoor dining