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Patio Landscaping: 5 Regional Plans

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Patios are practical but often not so pretty. With the right landscaping, your patio will blend seamlessly with the yard while offering increased privacy and beauty. Here are five regional plans for a beckoning backyard patio garden.

Samples of North and Pacific regional garden plans for a patio landscape near a house


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.

Pacific patio garden landscaped with smokebush, wintercreeper, nandina, spirea, petunia, hydrangea and ornamental grasses.

Plant list:

  1. Smokebush (Cotinus coggygria), Zones 5–9
  2. Variegated wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei), Zones 5–9
  3. Heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica), Zones 6–11
  4. Magic Carpet spirea (Spiraea japonica), Zones 4–9
  5. Fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides), Zones 6–9
  6. White petunia (Petunia spp.), annual
  7. 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.

North patio garden landscaped with juniper, gaillardia, oakleaf hydrangea, barberry, creeping Jenny, clethra, paperbark maple, angelonia and carex.

Plant list:

  1. Skyrocket juniper (Juniperus scopulorum), Zones 3–7
  2. Blanketflower (Gaillardia x grandiflora), Zones 3–8
  3. Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia), Zones 5–9
  4. Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii), Zones 5–8
  5. Creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis), Zones 3–9
  6. Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’), Zones 4–8
  7. Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia), Zones 3–9
  8. Summer snapdragon (Angelonia spp.), annual
  9. Carex (Carex elata ‘Aurea’), Zones 5–9
  10. 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.

South patio landscaped with crape myrtle, confederate jasmine, Knock Out rose, artemisia, angelonia, dwarf Yaupon holly, and hosta.

Plant list:

  1. Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica), Zones 7–9
  2. Confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides), Zones 9–10
  3. Knock Out rose (Rosa spp.), Zones 4–9
  4. Artemisia, Zones 7–9
  5. Summer snapdragon (Angelonia spp.), Zones 9–10
  6. Dwarf Yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria), Zones 7–11
  7. 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.

Desert patio landscaped with Chilean mesquite tree, Chihuahuan sage, hopseed bush, firecracker bush, toothless spoon, agave and sundrops.

Plant list:

  1. Chilean mesquite tree (Prosopis chilensis), Zones 8–11
  2. Chihuahuan sage (Leucophyllum laevigatum), Zones 8–10
  3. Hopseed bush (Dodonaea viscosa), Zones 8–11
  4. Blue Glow agave (Agave x ‘Blue Glow’), Zones 9–11
  5. Firecracker bush (Hamelia patens), Zones 8–11
  6. Sundrops (Calylophus hartwegii), Zones 5–9
  7. 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.

Mountain patio landscaped with dwarf Alberta spruce, ajuga, potentilla, shrub roses, bearded iris, centranthus, rudbeckia, and feather reed grass.

Plant list:

  1. Dwarf Alberta spruce (Picea glauca ‘Conica’), Zones 2–6
  2. Ajuga (Ajuga reptans), Zones 3–9
  3. Potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa), Zones 3–7
  4. Shrub rose (Rosa spp.), Zones 4–9
  5. Bearded iris (Iris pallida), Zones 1–9
  6. Jupiter’s beard (Centranthus ruber), Zones 5–8
  7. Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), Zones 4–9
  8. Feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora), Zones 5–9


Surround your patio with a welcoming landscape full of beauty and privacy. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

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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