There’s plenty to look at in this patio garden. From dramatic smokebush to heavenly bamboo to colorful petunias, every plant is eye-catching in its own way. Species are grouped together for impact. This also avoids a scattershot look, which can make the garden seem too busy.
- Smokebush (Cotinus coggygria), Zones 5–9
- Variegated wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei), Zones 5–9
- Heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica), Zones 6–11
- Magic Carpet spirea (Spiraea japonica), Zones 4–9
- Fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides), Zones 6–9
- White petunia (Petunia spp.), annual
- Bigleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla), Zones 6–9
The North garden plan is chock-full of tough plants that look good for long periods of time. Upright evergreens give year-round beauty and privacy while blanketflower, summer snapdragon and oakleaf hydrangea offer a long bloom season that carries into fall. Carex and barberry are resilient plants with appealing foliage.
- Skyrocket juniper (Juniperus scopulorum), Zones 3–7
- Blanketflower (Gaillardia x grandiflora), Zones 3–8
- Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia), Zones 5–9
- Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii), Zones 5–8
- Creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis), Zones 3–9
- Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’), Zones 4–8
- Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia), Zones 3–9
- Summer snapdragon (Angelonia spp.), annual
- Carex (Carex elata ‘Aurea’), Zones 5–9
- Paperbark maple (Acer griseum), Zones 4–8
Crape myrtle, confederate jasmine and dwarf Yaupon holly headline this pretty patio garden for the southland. They’re joined by yellow Knock Out roses, silver artemisia and purple summer snapdragon. Blue hostas find a happy home under the holly.
- Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica), Zones 7–9
- Confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides), Zones 9–10
- Knock Out rose (Rosa spp.), Zones 4–9
- Artemisia, Zones 7–9
- Summer snapdragon (Angelonia spp.), Zones 9–10
- Dwarf Yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria), Zones 7–11
- Blue hosta (Hosta ‘Halcyon’), Zones 3–9
A Chilean mesquite tree anchors this desert patio landscape, bringing much-appreciated shade. It’s accompanied by several flowering plants such as hopseed bush, firecracker bush and sundrops. The real stars are the architectural plants—the jagged mesquite, star-shape agave and porcupine-like toothless spoon.
- Chilean mesquite tree (Prosopis chilensis), Zones 8–11
- Chihuahuan sage (Leucophyllum laevigatum), Zones 8–10
- Hopseed bush (Dodonaea viscosa), Zones 8–11
- Blue Glow agave (Agave x ‘Blue Glow’), Zones 9–11
- Firecracker bush (Hamelia patens), Zones 8–11
- Sundrops (Calylophus hartwegii), Zones 5–9
- Toothless spoon (Dasylirion quadrangulatum), Zones 7–10
Tough, weather-ready plants are the hallmark of this patio landscape for the Mountain region. Dwarf Alberta spruce and upright feather reed grass give a feeling of enclosure without becoming overbearing in size. Shrub roses, potentilla, and rudbeckia bloom for months on end. Iris and ajuga lend durable, attractive foliage once their spring flowers have faded.
- Dwarf Alberta spruce (Picea glauca ‘Conica’), Zones 2–6
- Ajuga (Ajuga reptans), Zones 3–9
- Potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa), Zones 3–7
- Shrub rose (Rosa spp.), Zones 4–9
- Bearded iris (Iris pallida), Zones 1–9
- Jupiter’s beard (Centranthus ruber), Zones 5–8
- Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), Zones 4–9
- Feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora), Zones 5–9
These regional patio landscapes—which would also work around a platform deck—are easy to plant and maintain. See how much more inviting landscaping can make an outdoor living area.
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