There are many reasons to concentrate your gardening efforts on creating a colorful, cool, and intriguing patio with container plants. Maybe you're lacking room in the yard to landscape it satisfactorily. Or, you spend a lot of time on the patio entertaining guests or just relaxing.
Whether it's trees for shade or height, shrubs for privacy, or vibrant annuals for your color fix, container gardening on your patio is a big winner in our climate. After all, we can protect those plants over the winter and enjoy them in spring in any of these Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale.
What's more, our REALTORS® have some great advice on what type of plants you should select for your patio renovation.
When planning patio gardens, we have to consider hardiness zones and what that means for the container gardener. We have a long winter in Northeast Ohio, with temperatures sometimes below freezing. That puts us in the U.S. plant hardiness zones of 5b and 6a. The rule of thumb for container gardening is that plants should be hardy to at least two zones colder. That means you will need to protect your container plants from freezing by covering or bringing them inside. The plants that go dormant may be just fine, but because the roots are in containers and not below ground, added protection is necessary.
It's also a good idea to choose low-maintenance plants. Your garden store experts can advise you on what does well in pots and on patios.
Landscaping your patio will extend your living space comfortably into the outdoors. Add visual interest with plants of varying heights; choose smaller plants that thrive in the shade of taller plants. Need more tips? Contact us today.