Making a Summer Flower Patio

Everything is in the details. You have bought the plants, lined them up, rearranged and tweaked them, but it's the special features that make the ordinary "superb." And you don't need exotic or unusual plants to do it.

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Fill a Fruit Crate

Plants can be given a huge visual lift by planting in an elegant, stylish pot or a big, fun container; likewise, collections of plants are boosted by clever groupings. This certainly applies to inexpensive annuals, such as the petunias, Swan River daisies (Brachyscome) and asters, shown here. Pot them up in inexpensive plastic pots and pack them into a fruit crate that has been given a lick of colorful weatherproof paint. Provided the plants are watered, fertilized and deadheaded, they will flourish and by midsummer the pots will be hidden completely beneath a veil of flowers.

Rustic Wooden Fruit Crate for PansiesEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Tumbling, Dangling Fuchsias

The best plants for covering an empty wall include bushy fuchsias with spreading, dangling stems that are weighted down when smothered in flowers. There is a huge choice of cultivars, including the white and purple 'Fiona' and the all-red 'Marinka'. Make sure that the flower colors stand out against the background.

Bushy Fuchsias Cover Empty Wall in BasketEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Dress Up a Trellis

Trellises are traditionally used to cover an entire wall, for tying in spreading climbers and supporting plants with arching growth. But they can also be used in narrow, vertical spaces with pot plants fastened to them, as here. Make sure that the pots are securely attached, or fix them to the wall behind with screws, to cope with the weight of the soil after watering.

Trellis with Wall Container GardensEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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