Thursday, April 27, 2017

Patio Gardens

I love gardening. I just love seeing my yard and porch decorated by colorful plants and flowers. It brings so much life to the space! We spend so much time on our back patio when the weather is nice outside so I love to make our surroundings beautiful. Today I thought I'd share a few of my favorite plants and flowers that I like to do for my containers on my back patio.
A lot of people can become overwhelmed with gardening but it's really quite simple. As long as you put your flower in the correct sunlight (it will say it on the tag) and give it water daily then it will bloom and thrive! I love to mix different flowers and plants together in big containers. I just play around with them when I'm in the nursery and bunch different things together to see what look I like best.
A lot of people don't know that a potted hydrangea will come back year after year. I never do anything with mine in the winter. I just leave them in the same spots on my porch year round and they both come back, bigger and better every year! I personally think that potting a hydrangea is one of the best things you can do for your back patio. Not only are they so beautiful but you get a lot of bang for your buck and you never have to do anything with it except water in the summer! Such a win. If your porch has a shady spot, get a hydrangea and enjoy it for years to come!!
Another one of my favorite plants to put in a pot is coleus. You can buy a tiny little 6 pack of coleus for two or three dollars and it will quickly become huge! Coleus is hard to kill and creates the most beautiful foliage. I love having red and green leaves on my back porch and it's a different look from all of the colorful flowers. It provides nice texture, a beautiful visual and something different for you to look at. I plant my coleus in the same pot every year. It's a big pot so I get two 6 packs which equals only $6 and it ends up growing so huge and looking so great within a few very short weeks. You just can't beat the price so if you don't want to spend a lot of money on plants, go with coleus!!
Finally, every patio needs a beautiful rug! We always get ours at Sam's. They're a great price, hold up wonderfully and they have so many pretty designs. We get a new one every few years because after a while they just need to be replaced. I also have a few little lanterns on our patio and I put fake, battery powered candles in them. They have a timer so I can set them to go on and off at the same time every day. Having that pretty flicker of light outside makes the ambiance so lovely! I get my candles at Target in the outdoor living section.
I had planned on doing this post using photos of my patio but it won't stop raining here so I decided to just use these of Campbell helping me pick out flowers at the nursery instead. I'll share our patio soon though! It's really simple and not very big but it is definitely our happy place during the spring and summer months. Happy gardening!!

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