The Best Patio Plants For Your Patio

The Best Patio Plants For Your Patio

If you’ve ever wanted your own garden but you don’t seem to have space, a container garden filled with some of the best patio plants may be the way to go.

I have been waiting for years to do a patio garden and outdoor relaxing space for years. With a big german shepard that thought he owned everything in the back yard it just wasn’t worth my efforts to make anything beautiful.

He passed this year and while I am sad I am finally going to get to claim some space outside.

As long as there is access to the sun, plants can grow in pots and can create an amazing space outside. Here is a list of plants that can grow in containers and are perfect for the patio.

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Decorative Plants

1. Flowers – Flowers allow one to be creative with multiple different types. Nearly any flower can grow in a pot, so there will be no limitations in choosing flowers except picking annual or perennial. Flowers can add beauty and a pop of color on a patio. I don’t want to keep replanting so I am on the search for something easy to maintain.

2. Succulents – These plants look beautiful mixed and matched together. Due to the small root systems, these plants can grow in any sized container. This will save space so there can be more of them and one can get creative. However, these plants require certain soil to ensure they will have good drainage. Buy potting soil used for cacti and only water when the soil is completely dry.

Check out some of these fun things that can be done with succulents:

Easily make succulent spheres over at The Whoot.

Make this darling succulent turtle topiary over at Gardening in the shade.

My uncommon slice of suburbia teaches how to make this hanging succulent planter

3. Terrariums – This is a great way to make a patio space inviting and intriguing for all who visit it. To get a beautiful terrarium, add an inch of pebbles or small stones to the base of the plant. Following the stones, add a layer of activated charcoal, then followed by a layer of potting soil. Then put plants on top, from largest to smallest.

Visit a House of Hawthorns to learn a step by step for creative terrariums.

4. Trees – There a variety of trees that can grow in pots. When looking for trees that can grow in pots, look for ones that don’t grow any taller than 20 feet so that they can be easily moved and will not outgrow the pot that it is in. Growing trees can add dimension and color to your patio.

Herbs and Vegetables


I am looking for more pretty than functional but there are a few plants that grow great in pots and so if one wants more functionality in their patio herbs and vegetables would be a great way to go.

5. Small root vegetables – This includes carrots, green onions, radishes, and turnips. Small root vegetables grow very well in containers. The lack of existing roots makes these vegetables ideal for growing in small spaces. These vegetables grow best in loose soil, so use a potting soil that contains perlite.

6. Potatoes – These vegetables are suited for growing in containers. One of the best parts about this is that you won’t have to dig through the dirt when it’s time to harvest the potatoes.

All you’ll have to do is tip over the pot and pluck them out of the dirt.

An important thing to remember when planting potatoes in pots is that you should always plant them in a container that is tall enough to hill up the soil around the stalks as they grow. Potatoes will grow in almost anything, though, as long as they have a sufficient amount of drainage and nutrient-rich soil.

7. Herbs – These are a great thing to grow on a patio because they don’t need a lot of space. And, who doesn’t love fresh herbs in cooking, picked right from their own back yard. If you’re new to gardening or don’t have a green thumb, then start with basil. It’s simple to grow, but also has tell-tale signs that you’re not properly watering as the leaves become wilted and droopy. Plus, basil smells amazing!

These are only a small fraction of the plants that can grow in pots. These plants listed are good for the patio because almost all of them provides some element of color, in turn making them very decorative.

A few more ideas

Best unexpected plants you can grow in pots by the Garden Glove

How to build your own tall outdoor planter boxes for under $20 by Bower Power


  • I’ll have to show this to my mom! She just started gardening again now that her schedule isn’t insanely overwhelmed anymore. Plus, I think she’s determined to never again give me a reason to nickname her efforts as the Garden of Death.


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