Using Patios and Terraces in Garden Design

by Karen Bates
(last updated November 18, 2013)

Having a large yard and garden to enjoy is definitely a perk of living on a spacious property. In a yard with a lot of room, you can make almost any garden design you want a reality. It can be challenging and fun to come up with ideas and turn them into something amazing.

Not everyone has a big yard to work with. In the city and on smaller properties, there just isn't a lot of room to devote to gardening. In fact, in come cases a house, apartment, town home, or condo doesn't have any yard to speak of. At best, there may be a patio or terrace that works as an outdoor space, and that is it. Even though these spaces can be somewhat small, that doesn't mean that you have to kiss your hopes of having a garden goodbye completely.

Although you may not have a lot of room or many resources to work with, you can still create a beautiful garden area on a terrace or patio. You don't need to have a huge yard to enjoy plants, flowers, trees, and vegetables—you just have to learn the best ways to utilize the space you have.

One of the best ways to grow plants on a patio or terrace is using planters. You can find planters, pots, and all kinds of containers for planting in various sizes. You can get large ones for trees or vegetables, or smaller ones for flowers and other decorative plants. Not all plants will do well in a planter, but many can thrive under these conditions. You will just have to be sure the plants get the right amount of sun, and that you water them regularly.

To add to the garden atmosphere, you might consider growing some vines up the side of your patio area or up the exterior of your building. To create even more charm, think about adding some garden accessories. These could include a fountain, wind chimes, benches, small sculptures, or other fun items. Some patios may even have built-in seating that can be used to entertain guests or to place plants and decor.

Working with a small area doesn't mean you can't enjoy a garden atmosphere. Instead, you will just need to get a little creative to achieve the look you want. Use planters and pots, and add decorations to complete the garden look.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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