Plantscaping Ideas for Decks and Patios

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

By: Marie Hofer

Photo By: Courtesy of Topiarius

Photo By: Gardener's Supply Co. at Gardeners.com

Container-grown trees and shrubs are good choices for small spaces as with this rooftop garden. The grasses provide texture.

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. Varying the type of containers you use produces an infinite range of possibilities for a patio.

No privacy fence necessary here: The large palm fronds give this patio privacy and, along with the pink flowers,offer a tropical feel.

Fragrant plants like lavender and artemisia add beautiful silver-gray texture to this patio and make sure wonderful smells will abound.

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

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 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.

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