20 Best Patio Plants to Grow
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The Best Plants for Your Patio
A growing trend in outdoor living means that our backyards are being treated as outdoor spaces, an extension of our homes. Flowering plants on the patio are an integral part of our view of our backyards - a tropical retreat, a formal entertaining space, or a family space for birds and butterflies. Whether your patio gets sun all day or acts as a shady oasis amongst the trees, there is a patio plant that will make your space beautiful.
You may see croton plants (Codiaeum variegatum) in the houseplant section of the garden center, but they make excellent patio plants and will grow much larger with the sun and rain exposure of the outdoors. The leathery rainbow-hued leaves thrive in full sun and only require moderate watering.
Only a few plants have the pollinating charm of the free-flowering Penta (Pentas lanceolata). The cheery star-shaped flowers bloom in large clusters of white, pink, lavender, or red on mountain plants that reach 18 to 24 inches in full sun throughout the summer.
Lantana plants (Lantana camara) have been badly affected because they are invasive in warm areas, but improved varieties like "New Gold" that are not successful reduce the plant's ability to spread. The plants bloom continuously in hot, sunny climates and are drought tolerant, especially in large patio planters.
Just one reason to love Coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides) - The explosion of new varieties on the market over the past 10 years means there is a leaf color to suit any garden design. Grow Coleus in sun or shade, but keep it well watered for best growth. Dead lavender flower spikes to keep plants firm or to attract hummingbirds to the yard.
The tropical leaves of the bromeliad bands (Bromeliaceae) are a fun accent for the patio, whether your plants are producing a flower or not. Plants generally wilt after flowering, but you can do more by changing the young that form around the mother plant.
Few garden plants look good in the shade, but Caladium (Caladium spp.) Fortunately. One thing Caladians don't like is the cold: bulbs grow slowly or don't even grow in cold soils, apparently coming to life at night when summer temperatures rise. Average water requirement and pest-free disposition make Caladien a simple addition to the pot garden.
New Guinea Impatiens
Downy mildew disease has kept many gardeners away from impatiens, but New Guinea impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri) are not affected by the disease. Place the containers in a shady area of the patio, out of the afternoon sun, and keep the plants moist at all times.
Which is better, the sweet vanilla scent of the heliotrope (heliotropium) or the showy clusters of violet flowers? Grow this native Peruvian in full sun or partial shade and decide for yourself, the rich, moist soils produce lush plants for your patio.
Millions of bells (Calibrachoa) give you showy tubular petunia flowers without the hassle of the tobacco worm that usually infests petunia flowers. Unlike petunias, millions of bells bloom profusely at high temperatures. Place them on the edge of a patio urn where they will fall attractively to the side.
From wax begonias (Begonaceae) to more complex tuberous begonias, few plants tolerate such a wide variety of growing conditions. The fleshy stems help patio begonias tolerate drought, and the plants are happy in the sun or shade, too.
Huge flowers and bright neon colors make tropical hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa sinensis) a patio favorite. Just make sure you have enough sun and water to keep the blooms vigorous in the fall. The tropical hibiscus is very sensitive to low temperatures, appears best in the range of 70 to 90 degrees Celsius, and disappears when temperatures drop below 50 degrees.
Switch to flowers and foliage as the bright fruits of ornamental peppers (Capsicum anuum) glow like flowers on a hot summer day. Ornamental peppers are ready to grow in your garden once the climate is right for growing tomatoes. Although ornamental peppers are small plants with small ones, these roots grow well in large pots that do not dry out very quickly. Plant them on the edge of the container in front of a spiky plant up to a mile high
Foxtail ferns (Asparagus aethiopicus) add a fun sculptural accent to patio bins and hanging baskets, reminiscent of a Medusa-inspired encounter of bright green feathers. Plant in partial shade and keep it moist at all times.
Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia), also known as money grass, is the perfect patio plant for container borders, ground covers, hanging baskets, or anywhere you want a hint of yellowish-green foliage. Plants love constant humidity and do better in the partial sun than in strong afternoon sun, which can lighten the leaves.
The appearance of pelargonium (Geraniaceae) in garden centers in late spring, also known as zonal or royal geranium, seems to set off a planting frenzy that coincides with Mother's Day. If you want to give her mother pelargonium for her garden, ask her to grow them in full sun, water them regularly, and feed them monthly. Discover "Aristo Black Beauty" with deep purple flowers with an openwork pink edge.
Cannas (Cannaceae) attract attention wherever they grow and larger varieties such as "Giant Durban" are excellent plants for yard detection. Sticks are very hungry and thirsty plants. So keep them very moist and feed them balanced plant fertilizers so they can reach their full potential.
An urn filled with purple grass (Pennisetum setaceum) happily swaying in the wind is one of the easiest ways to add instant texture to the matte patio decor. The plants are beautiful as isolated specimens, but they also make excellent partners for spooky plants like sweet potato vines.
Bamboo (Bambusoideae) is an amazing plant that sometimes forgets its ways when it invades the garden with its fast-growing rhizomes. The solution is to choose small varieties of bamboo such as Chinese Pleioblastus 'Variegatus' to grow marijuana in the yard. Use a container that is at least 18 inches wide and deep and water frequently. Bamboo loves shade in the hottest part of the day.
Gardenia spp. It has long been cultivated for its intoxicating scent. It is a Mediterranean plant, but you can grow it as a patio specimen in full sun or partial shade. Gardenia roots don't like to be disturbed. So choose a large container that will give this plant a long-lasting home. Add mulch to keep roots evenly moist and prune after flowering.
No formal terrace should lack the elegance of boxwood (Buxus) or two. 'Petite Pillar' maintains a neat shape in containers, while larger varieties like 'Green Tower' make excellent burlap or standout plants.
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