Even the smallest patio garden can be turned into a colourful, foliage-filled oasis using a selection of different planters and bit of creativity.
Patio gardens are low-maintenance and fuss-free, but without plants they can feel a little dull and barren.
Luckily there are plenty of different types of planter available to help you add some greenery and flowers to your patio, no matter what its shape or size.
Filling your patio with plants will bring fragrance, beauty and wildlife to even the most modest outside space.
Railway sleeper raised beds
If you’ve got enough space, using reclaimed railway sleepers to build raised flower beds can be a great way of adding flower beds cheaply, without the need to pull up any of your patio.
Troughs come in all different shapes and sizes and can be used to create striking floral displays. Think carefully about the colour scheme for your trough, the most effective displays use plants in a variety of shapes and textures.
Smaller plant pots and containers can be more practical for fitting into smaller spaces. Choose pots in a variety of sizes to create a layered look. When picking the plants for your containers, be sure to check the care instructions as some plants do better in pots than others.
Use hanging baskets to brighten up an empty fence or wall in your patio. Replant your hanging baskets every spring and autumn for life and colour all year round.
Lacking floor space for pots and troughs? Vertical planters come in a variety of different designs and are the perfect solution for very small patio spaces. From fabric wall planter pockets to a repurposed wooden ladder stacked with pots, vertical planters can turn blank walls into fragrant and colourful, living walls.