Outdoor containers planted up with the right type of flowers can instantly transform a small patio, courtyard or balcony, making them inviting places to spend your summer days.
From the choice of flowers and styles of planters you choose, there are a number of ways to really make the most of your outdoor space, no matter how limited, and bring your personal sense of style out of doors.
Here are a few of the most popular patio looks and how to achieve them…
A monochrome colour theme will look right at home on the balcony of any high flyer. This contemporary display includes white hydrangeas, campanulas and dahlias, potted in stylish ceramic pots. The addition of a scatter cushion or two will dramatically soften any patio, making it look inviting and full of character.
For a distinctly feminine display, choose flowering plants in soft, subtle hues and compliment them with stone washed containers. These outdoor chrysanthemums have a distinctly feminine feel about them and will add a touch of vintage charm to any outdoor space. The look is very easy to achieve, just find some antique- style garden pots and fill them with beautiful flowers.
Country chic is a popular trend for cottage gardens and small courtyards. The look is best achieved by mixing and matching colourful containers filled with flowering plants. Here we’ve carefully positioned these mismatched containers on some old fashioned fold away chairs. Outdoor-friendly props such as these are a great way to add interest to an outdoor space.
East meets West
For a garden a little out of the ordinary, why not incorporate elements of the exotic? Here we’ve created an oriental look by displaying these metal planters in front of a woven screen. The selection of osteospermum, begonia and chrysanthemum plants with their strong colours and structural shapes complement the containers perfectly.
For a warm and traditional patio, this classical display is the perfect choice. Here we’ve planted a mix of soft pink and red pelagonium, bouvardia and chrysanthemum in a classic style stone urn. The effect is one of timeless beauty. This look works well with a traditional outdoor wooden table and chairs as well as in gardens which make use of reclaimed materials.
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