How to Arrange Potted Plants on a Patio in 4 Ways

How to Arrange Potted Plants on a Patio in 4 Ways

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One easy guideline for choosing the plants to combine in a container is to include “a thriller, a spiller, and a filler.” That translates to at least one focal-point plant (the thriller), such as coleus or a geranium with multicolored leaves, for example, combined with several plants that spill over the edge of the Aug 13, 2018.


How many plants can I put in a 12 inch hanging basket?

For hanging baskets the general rule is to use one plant per inch of basket diameter – so 12 plants per 12 inch basket. You’ll only need 5 plants per 12 inch hanging basket for bigger plants like Geraniums (Pelargoniums), Surfinia Petunias, culinary herbs and Fuchsias.

Floral Arrangement The Basics Before You Begin To Grow

  • Choose plants to suit the environment – Some places have four seasons and a temperate climate. Others have two distinct dry and wet seasons with the weather in the high 20s/ low 30s. Some places are scorching hot and others are cold. The same applies to your chosen temperature in the house for your indoor floral arrangement. You must choose foliage to suit the climate. Plants in their natural climate exude and create colorful surroundings suited to that particular atmosphere. The flower box will thrive with life in certain climates, such as tropical plants. Others, like geraniums, will survive all types of weather and can look presentable.
  • Consider your structure and size – Plants don’t always adapt to certain pots, soil or atmosphere. Read up on the plants you want to pot. Some plants need big deep pots for soil fill. Others need smaller planters. Some need a structure to grow whereas certain foliage survives anywhere. The pot size and planter material are important. Do you want plastic or terracotta? Are they wall planters, ground pots or hanging baskets? How much soil is needed? Are your plants or flowers suited to this or will there be trailing growth? These are factors to consider.
  • How to Arrange Your Flower Pot Design

    1. start with a container with holes for drainage
    2. you should fill with soil 2″ from the top
    3. add soil to fill in after you add your flowers / plants
    4. always water immediately after planting

    It was fun to see how we were all offered the same planters and flowers, but all created something unique from Claire Josephson’s tips. A variety of plants create the most beautiful garden containers.

    Choose from a few of these:

    • Look for a plant that will offer height like angelonia, geraniums, coreopsis, or grasses in the back or the center 
    • Choose petunias or other blooms that will grow and fill out beautifully, filling the pot and providing color. This is your filler step… and it’s such an important one!
    • If you’d like, add more fillers like pentas, or others that will fill in space with pretty greens and soft blooms. 
    • Finally, add plants that trail out for your drape (the “spilling” section of your pot) like lobelia, silver dichondra {which I used}, or alisons.

    Arrange Plants Depending On The Size Of Your Patio

    The first step is to determine how much floor space you have on the patio. This is a good point to start because you can think about proper arrangement depending on how much space that you are working with.

    Remember that the patio is not just used for a potted plant, you might have furniture and other items in the space. If floor space is not a problem you can go all out and try different sizes of pots and even space out the plants when arranging. On the other hand, if you are working with a limited space you have to think creatively about your arrangement so that you can save space.

    3. Go bold

    Plants come in different shades and colors. Some are more striking than others. If you haven’t decided what to grow, it’s better to go bold. Choose plants with bright, vibrant flowers. Because flower pots, planters, and containers are usually bland, colorful flowers like orange, red, pink can create a great contrast and complement both your planters and building. 

    Antique stone planted with autumn plantings @ Sond
    Antique stone planted with autumn plantings @ SondraP / Getty Images Signature

    Now we learn enough. Let’s move on to some ideas for outdoor planter arrangements. 

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    7. Potscape for your porch

    If you are not a big fan of a gigantic pot, potscaping is definitely for you. This is the art of arranging pots in an attractive way to create a landscape. This practice does not require so much space on your front porch or patio.

    The basic way for potscaping is to group pots made from the same materials together. For example, you can group your terra cotta pots together. You can also group pots or flowers based on their palette. 

    Potscape by flower palette @ BambiG / Getty Images
    Potscape by flower palette @ BambiG / Getty Images Signature

    One of the beautiful container garden ideas is to create a triangle with your pots. This form is a safe choice because it always works. Choose a tall container as a central piece. Smaller containers should be placed around. You can follow the same rule with your plants. The height contrast creates an interesting focal point.

    Potscaping may require some practice and patience, but the result is very satisfying. 

    What did I plant?

    Black pearl ornamental pepper, Mambo ornamental pe
    Black pearl ornamental pepper, Mambo ornamental pepper bush, Celosia twisted Orange, Jade princess Millet

    From left to right, here are my fall container arrangement plant choices:

    1. Black pearl ornamental pepper Capsicum annuum black pearl
    2. Mambo ornamental pepper bush Capsicum annuum Mambo
    3. Celosia twisted Orange Cockscomb Celosia argentea var. cristata ‘Twisted Orange’
    4. Jade princess Millet Pennisetum glaucum ‘Jade Princess’

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    FAQs About Potted Plants

    How do you group plants in pots? Before grouping plants in a pot, the first thing to consider is whether the plants all have the same requirements. For instance, you should consider exposure to sunlight and other factors like water requirements and soil type. Now, if they have the same requirements and you choose completely different plants, there is no problem as long as all of them are visible from various angles. What do you put under potted plants? To avoid the potted plants from staining your patio while watering, you should place a saucer with a layer of pebbles to allow the pot to drain freely. This will help you avoid expensive patio repairs. How do I protect my patio from planters? For metal planters, seal them with rust-inhibitor sprays to prevent them from staining your patio. While you can place the small planters on a drip tray or stands, protect your patio but also don’t forget to protect your plant by ensuring it has a proper drainage

     When it comes to building a stunning patio with potted plants, there are no written restrictions; you are free to use your wildest ideas. Furthermore, individuality is what draws the most attention.

    A gorgeous potted plant on your patio is usually difficult to go wrong with. However, there are a few basic recommendations in this article that can ensure you have a beautiful patio in no time when combined with your imagination.

    Keep in mind that the most beautiful outdoor area is created via imagination, but let this post on how to arrange potted plants on a patio guide you to perfection.

    Group in Planters

    When deciding which plants to purchase, consider buying multiple varieties of the same species group. For example, pick several kinds of petunias, a few vegetable plants, and/or a collection of ferns. Then buy planters that are large enough to grow similar plants together.

    This provides clean lines and creates visual groups, which will give your garden a look of order. You could also add a flower planter as an accent to an existing in-ground vegetable garden, thus bringing beneficial pollinators, like bees, to increase the overall plant wellness.

    You can also try improving the visual appeal by increasing the height of your garden; try adding a third dimension to a flat garden arrangement with hanging planters, experimenting with low-hanging vines in overhead planters and brightly colored flower pots that hang at eye level.

    How to Keep Your Containers Looking Fresh

    Make sure you choose plants that have similar needs. For example, if you're trying to fill in a sunny spot on your patio, don't toss in one plant that likes shade alongside several sun-loving containers. It also helps to choose plants that have similar watering needs so you can water all of them at once.

    Shortly after planting, cluster containers closely to create a sense of fullness. As plants mature and fill in, spread pots apart. Keep your container garden looking its best by moving plants in peak bloom to the forefront of the garden or elevating them above their neighbors. Likewise, slip plants past their prime to less prominent positions. Every four weeks or so, add a balanced fertilizer to your pots to help give plants the nutrients need for healthy growth.


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