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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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