Patio Landscaping Ideas

Find out about patio landscaping ideas that can help your outdoor space become a huge hit with family and friends.

Patio Landscaping

Patio Landscaping

A beautiful landscaped patio idea with large boulders as part of the design and colorful flowers.

Photo by: Photo Credit: Gregs Landscaping

Photo Credit: Gregs Landscaping

By: Sean McEvoy

If you're planning a patio, it's a sure bet you've got plenty of patio landscaping ideas. It might even be the case that you have so many, you're overwhelmed by the options. Luckily, there are great options that can help you decide which patio landscaping ideas are best for your outdoor space's design.

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Invite the Indoors Outside

Create additional outdoor space with fabulous folding glass walls. This living room takes advantage of gorgeous outdoor views year-round, while the patio is a pleasant place to lounge as evening breezes flow through the house. 

Consider Durable Patio Furniture

Built-in seating is a great option if you want a patio that stands up to weather and other outdoor elements. This ultimate gathering space is made from concrete materials. Decorative pillows add a touch of color and softness. 

Add Flair With a Fire Pit

This majestic fire pit is ideal for gathering with guests on a cool evening. It's a functional focal point that invites relaxation and conversation amongst a crowd. 

Shade Your Patio With a Pergola

Not only is this beautifully designed structure an architectural focal point, it adds instant comfort on sunny days. Subtle bistro lights, an inviting fireplace, a grill station and cozy wicker furniture complete this outdoor room. 

Pick Interesting Accessories

Don't settle for dull patio furniture that's an uncomfortable eyesore. Upgrade your patio with artistic flair that complements your design style. Local craftsmen and artisans can be great resources for unique metal finds. Photo courtesy of Westover and Photography by Rich Pomerantz. 

Warm Up to a Fireplace

While a fire pit is a great option for larger gatherings, fireplaces create a cozy ambiance for intimate settings. This gas hearth features captivating flames and sleek design that enhances any outdoor experience. 

Design the Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens are becoming much more fully functional. From refrigerators to side burners, flat-screen televisions to surround sound, a full-service outdoor kitchen will take your patio to the next level. Photo courtesy of Cal Flame. 

After exploring deck and patio design ideas, one of the first considerations for patio landscaping options is whether or not you want to create a "focal point" for your patio landscaping. A fire pit, outdoor fireplace, dining or seating area or even an outdoor television can be a great way to bring people together in a central area of your patio.

Next, determine what the different spaces in your patio design will be used for. If one is a focal point for sitting or conversation, it's likely you'll also need a cooking space. This can be centered around a barbecue grill or a serving station, and is often located adjacent to the entrance to the home and the focal point of the patio.

One of the most popular design trends for patio landscaping is to emphasize visual diversity. So for example, if your patio pavers are a uniform geometric shape, you may want to consider curvy, flowing designs for your furniture or other patio installations, to add some eye-catching contrast. You might also think about using an array of planters for flowers or plants, as opposed to trying to match all of your patio landscaping.

Finally, let nature in. Consider planting shrubs or arranging potted flowers or plants directly adjacent to your patio, so the natural landscape feels like it's always within reach of your outdoor living space.

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