How to arrange plants on your patio

Last month we looked at arranging garden furniture, but it is also important to take a little time and carefully consider the arrangement of your plants and containers too.

Simply put, flowers can transform a patio, turning it into a colourful and inviting part of your home. We always tell our customers to treat their outdoor space as an additional room and use plants and garden decor as a vital part of this exterior living space.

You've spent the money on your stunning new Lazy Susan garden furniture, so why not enhance it even further!

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Many new homes now come with patios that are nothing more than an ugly slab of concrete. While this is enough for some people, those that have a big garden might want a little something more.

If you are going to use your patio for entertaining, you will probably be interested in trying to find some ways to upgrade that patio. You need to be creative in the planting department too, take a little time to carefully arrange them on your patio.

Anyone can throw a few containers on their patio, but to make it look good, needs a little care and effort.

Lazy Susan’s top tips for arranging plants on your patio

  • Set three plants in a corner (odd numbers always works better), using one small, one medium and one large container.
  • Choose containers that are different sizes but complement each other in terms of shape, design and material.
  • Use different sizes of container, placing the largest at the back and the other two to the left and right in front.
  • Try and pick a different colour, size, shapes and textures of flower for each container to create visual interest.
  • Stick with plants that do well in the UK.
  • Plant your containers so there is a tall focal point, some short or trailing plants as well as something mid sized in between to fill in the gaps.
  • Place small plants on tables, around chairs and one plant as a centerpiece for the patio table.
  • Use more containers to highlight your table, and to shape your garden furniture or seating area.
  • Place your container in groups at the corners or near the edge of your patio.
  • Choose a 4-inch pot for small tables, and a 6-inch pot for the patio table.
  • Suspend hanging baskets on any walls that are adjacent to the patio.
  • Turn empty containers upside-down and set a container of equal size on top to create height.
  • If your patio is exposed to strong winds or hot sun, choose your plants wisely.
  • If you have room for small trees, you might want to think about a small willow.
  • Always fill your container with a good potting soil.
  • Try grouping the plants you are thinking about buying in your trolley at the garden centre to see how they work.
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