Spring; a symbol of rebirth, and a season when our days get warmer and longer. And while red foxes are giving birth to their babies, you could be giving birth to a beautiful patio or balcony! It only makes sense, right? I’m determined to encourage Camden residents to really make use of their outside space and take pride in it. Wouldn’t it be nice to sit outside, enjoy your potted flowers, smell the spring air, and have breakfast on your patio? You don’t have to look at that beautiful patio in your Better Homes and Gardens magazine and be envious. You, too, can create a space others will envy!
So prepare your thumbs, and let’s take a look at where you may want to start off!
You’ll need to evaluate the space you have to work with. If you have enough space for outdoor patio furniture then you should invest in something you can see yourself actually using. It can be a simple set of chairs and a small round table, a rocking chair, or a stand-alone cushioned swing. But whatever you do, leave enough space for some color.
By color I mean flowers, plants, and possibly a small citrus tree. If you don’t think you have the ability to maintain such things…think again. This time of year is the best time to experiment; take advantage of it. Maintaining flower boxes and pots may seem like a challenge if you’ve never done it before, but behold… when you’re done reading this blog post, your thumb will desire that green touch!
You can choose to use planter boxes that will sit on your patio’s railing (my personal favorite), one that remains on the floor, or create a vertical garden (as shown in the middle below) that you can stand against your outside wall. What you choose should go with your patio furniture arrangement. Tip: keep it simple.
If you’re a beginner, start off with these types of flowers:
Begonias: The ‘foolproof’ flower. They’re low maintenance, but keep them fertilized and watered! They’re sure to give your patio plenty of color!
Petunias: These beauties are known to be ‘weatherproof,’ will last you through late fall, and smell like spring!
Geranium: This type of flower is considered a standard for borders and containers such as planter boxes discussed above. If you give them plenty of sun, they’ll give you plenty of color.
Herbs: Try something you’ll actually want to eat. Maybe chives, basil, mint, or my favorite: cilantro! Whichever appeals to you most. I’d recommend these be grown in a clean, vertical-potted garden.
Citrus Fruit Trees(in a stand-alone pot): Fruit trees will look beautiful once the fruit starts to grow, but eating the fruit will be the most rewarding! Look for citrus trees that are available in dwarf sizes, as you don’t want it to outgrow your pot.
There are just too many good flowers to list. I recommend going to a local garden and landscaping nursery to choose for your selection. Consider these tips as you beautify your patio:
1. When using planter boxes, plant a variety of flowers while still keeping the ratio between each flower type balanced. For the best look, plant symmetrically and use different colors that differentiate each flower type.
2. Fertilize about once a week! If this is something new to you, try a flower booster, such as Miracle-Gro Bloom Booster.
3. The no-brainer: water those puppies! Ensure all your hard work and money doesn’t go to waste, and make sure your plants get water once a day.
So prepare for high fives from your neighbors and recognition from your Camden front office, because not only will you get to enjoy your newly beautified patio, but anyone who passes by will also. Don’t forget to share your creations with me and post your photos in the comments. I’d love to enjoy them with you!