Patio Garden Ideas
With a little creativity and the right
accessories and plant purchases you can take even a modest-sized
spot in the garden or patio and turn it into an outdoor retreat.
The first step to making sure you get all that you can out of your
small space is deciding the kind of area you desire. Have you always
dreamed of owning a gazebo? Do you need an outside dining patio,
or maybe just a relaxing sitting area? If relaxing with a good book
or with a few good friends is your main activity, you may consider
a sitting bench, chairs, and the right sized end table just large
enough for a candle and some coasters for your favorite drinks.
There are many types of trees and plants
available for helping personalize your private retreat. For example,
mixing and matching several sizes and combinations of terra cotta
containers can create your "one of a kind" look. One of our favorite
trees used in container gardening is the bonfire patio peach. The
Prunus persica, 'Bonfire' Patio Peach matures at approximately six
foot tall and the show of double pink blooms is amazing in the spring.
Your favorite bench combined with various trees or plants in containers
can create an amazing look. The best thing about having a patio
and container garden is the versatility. If you don't like the way
it looks, simply rearrange it!
When you start planning your private
get-away landscape, think about the ways you will use your area
in every season of the year. Whatever you decide, keep in mind all
the weather challenges in your corner of the world and how you can
get the most from your small space. Many people utilize their patio
area for cook-outs until it becomes bitterly cold. So, even in winter
you might decide to arrange your area around cooking and entertaining
by your outdoor grill or smoker. Many times in winter, I often take
a hot cup of coffee outside and sit, just enjoying the winter sunshine.
In Spring, you can use your space for starting flower and
vegetable seedlings, separating bulbs, or even working on craft
projects. There have been those who enjoy growing tomatoes in a
5 gallon container. It only takes one tomato plant to ensure having
home grown, fresh tomatoes all season long.
You are only limited by your imagination! There are many
books available that offer step-by-step instructions on planning
and personalizing your little garden corner. Be sure and check your
local library or favorite bookstore for more ideas.
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