Creating a Patio Container Garden Design

Don't let a small patio get you down. Grow a wide range of plants on the tiniest of terraces with the right container.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Dull Shady Corner Transformed by Clipped Topiaries

Clipped topiaries in sleek urns help create a contemporary look on this outdoor terrace.

Slender Containers Good for Tight Spaces

Tall and slender plant containers will fit nicely into tight or small spaces. Use upright plants to add height and shorter colorful annuals around the edges to spill over making a skirt around the container.

Train Scented Jasmine to Sunny Wall

Chic black planters are attached to a slatted fence and filled with scented jasmine trained to climb, giving a trendy look to a terrace garden.

Modern Containers Are Used for Architectural Plants

Decorative plant containers come in a variety of materials and styles, including metallic containers used for architectural foliage giving a contemporary look to a backyard space.

Colorful Glazed Containers Used for Exotic Plants

Decorative plant containers come in a variety of materials and styles, including colorful glazed pots giving a tropical look to backyard space.

Lavender Plants Displayed in Matching Silver Pots

Matching muted silver pots on a garden bench are the perfect choice for lavender plants.

Black Stemmed Bamboo in Galvanized Containers

Black stemmed bamboo grows in galvanized containers creating a living sculpture on a rooftop terrace garden. The evergreen foliage provides a year round windbreak, as well as privacy screening.

A Stylish Outdoor Urban Room

Outdoor rooms are very popular with urban dwellers, such as this trendy terrace that includes stylish outdoor furniture and cylindrical planters that hold feathery ferns.

White Painted Pots Hold Clipped Topiary Spheres

Clipped topiary spheres are planted in painted white pots to unify space. Containers for plants come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. They can make a subtle or dramatic statement to a patio, terrace or backyard garden.

Box Topiaries Mix with Japanese Maples

A minimalist arrangement of box topiaries and Japanese maples helps to create a quiet outside area and provide some privacy screening.

Private Garden Tucked Between Walled Space

A private garden is tucked away between a walled city yard. A water feature plus interesting foliage plants in containers and border gardens combine to create a lush garden space.

Cool Greens Combine with Pale Pinks on Patio

A relaxed grouping of cool green foliage plants and pale pink flowering plants helps to create a peaceful environment for an urban garden setting.

Hyacinths Featured in Ring of Terra-Cotta Pots

Traditional terra-cotta pots hold spring hyacinths and grape hyacinths on a patio display. Containers for plants come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. They can make a subtle or dramatic statement for a patio, terrace or backyard.

Minimal Gardening Used in a Very Small Space

A very small backyard space does not necessarily need a lot of plants. Hints of green will create enough atmosphere without over gardening.