A backyard patio landscaping design is the icing on the cake. Plants soften a patio and add texture, color, height and interest. Consider using a combination of plants and lawn as this will cut down on the cost. If you love plants and want to have lots of them around
your patio, that's great. Just be sure to leave some open areas for
access to the back yard. In addition, don't forget walkways leading to the patio.
You will want to address landscaping for the following areas:
This patio is almost completely surrounded by plants.
In all of the area mentioned above consider the use of trees shrubs,
perennials and groundcover. You don't have to use all of them in all
If possible, landscape part of your property so that while sitting on the patio you have either a nice view or an interesting focal point to look at.
Your patio might extend right up to the house, or you might consider a planting bed to soften where the patio meets the house. This depends on the space that you have. You may not want to give up area to plants and prefer to have all patio for your backyard patio landscaping design. In either case make sure the patio is pitched correctly for drainage.
Most likely there will be a walkway leading to and from the patio. Wider widths are nice and the walk can have a few planting beds along its sides.
If your patio is in a hot, sunny area, you will want some shade. Here are a few ideas as to how to create shade:
Plant one or a group of three shade trees. Try to purchase them as large as you can afford. Include a outdoor pergola over your patio. The lattice on top should be fairly tight to keep out most of the sun's rays. Purchase a market umbrella. Actually any kind of umbrella will do, but I am partial to market umbrellas. Install an awning on your house. There are those that are electric and are very convenient.
"Susan, what a pleasure it was to work with you. You made me feel like I was your only client - responding late at night and always so quickly! Your design is amazing and we only hope we can do justice to it when we plant. You have such fantastic ideas and you are so open to suggestions and changes. Loved working with you - now if you could only come to Canada and plant it!!!"
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