Here are some backyard landscaping ideas to help liven up your patio or deck with plants and flowers.
Plant in Levels
Place some pots and planting boxes on the floor and plant them with low growing, mounding plants that look good when viewed from above. Use mounting brackets to secure window boxes to deck railings.Hang baskets at standing eye level so the entire area has a strong sense of height.
Grow a Natural Screen
If you need privacy or shelter from the wind, edge the patio or deck with tall shrubs or use tall ornamental grasses, which remain attractive through winter. For privacy on a busy street, use lattice panels planted with quick-growing vines.
Soften the Edges
Surround your deck or patio with small shrubs to minimize hard edges while preserving the view. Fragrant plants are especially welcome, but avoid those that have prickly leaves or thorns.
Create a Garden Amphitheatre
If your patio is sunken or at the bottom of a slope, surround it with a terraced garden. Use complementary materials for stairs, paths, and retaining walls, and plant the beds with a variety of trees, shrubs, flowers, and groundcovers.
Keep plants that drop fruits or seedpods far from a patio or deck. Cherry, mulberry, crabapple, and other fruit will stain the surface and furniture, and nuts, catkins, and other debris will need to be swept up. Limit spills by keeping containers and plants out of high-traffic areas.
Clean Stains from Your Patio
If you do get plant or even nasty rust stains on your concrete patio, here’s how to get rid of them. Mix unsweetened lemonade Kool-Aid with hot water. Scrub and the stain should come right out.