12 Plantscaping Ideas for Decks and Patios

Create a plush patio or deck with container gardens and perimeter plantings that accentuate the space.

Container Topiaries Ideally Suited for Small Space DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Spiral topiaries and boxwoods, all in pots, frame the entrance to this open deck. Container-grown trees and shrubs are good choices for small spaces.

Patio Garden Containers DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Varying the type of containers you use produces an infinite range of possibilities for a patio. Rustic pots filled with ornamental grasses or a topiary in a Versailles tub can help create a personal design scheme for your home.

Ornamental Plant-Filled Garden Urn DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Choose a creative container for porch or patio. Check out pros and cons of different materials and designs and create exciting displays using a variety of plants. All containers need drainage for healthy plants.

Plants for Patio Containers DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Patio containers require plants that meet specific height and sun requirements. When buying plants, also check for soil preference, sun or shade needs and hardiness ratings.

Shrubs Provide Shade, Privacy DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

No privacy fence necessary here: The shrubs surrounding this patio protect it from wind and provide shade and privacy.

Scented Flowers Add Nostalgia to Garden Patio DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Pots of scented plants like lilies and lavender add an element of nostalgia to a garden patio.

Deck with Dining Table

Beautiful plantings, colorful details and streamlined simplicity accent this Asian-style dining area, designed by Jane Ellison.

Cluster of Container Gardens

Container gardening can bring out the designer in you. Not limited by stationary plants rooted in the ground, you can mix and match textures, foliage, flowers and color and move them around until you're satisfied with the look.

In a Sedona-inspired landscape designed by Jamie Durie, an arrangement of colorful containers does the year-round work of maintaining color for this mostly succulent garden.

Metal Container with Foliage Plants DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Metal is a popular choice for containers because it is so versatile. Metal containers come in a variety of shapes and styles, from contemporary designs to rustic cottage styles. They will rust, so choose galvanized to prevent rusty stains.

Aquatic Plants in Container DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Aquatic plants like brass buttons (Cotula coronopifolia), arrowhead (Sagittaria sagittifolia) and 'Moorei' hardy water lily thrive in these water-filled containers.

Stylish Suspended Canopy DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

This urban roof garden has it all — a place to relax and plenty of privacy, all with a touch of cottage style. Still, planting is minimal and restricted to containers, complementing the cushions on the benches.

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