Garden Plans for Decks and Patios

Frame your outdoor living spaces with these practical, low-maintenance flower gardens.


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Make a Bold Statement

    Add a raised garden to create a wall of color along one of the sides of your deck or patio. Colorful annuals and tender perennials like nasturtium, bidens, and snapdragons ensure a no-maintenance show all season long. Garden size: 12 by 4 feet.

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Make Your Vegetable Garden Convenient

    This small-space garden is perfect for planting next to your deck or patio where fresh produce is just an arm's length away. Garden size: 8 by 6 feet.

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Enjoy Perfect Fall Days Outdoors

    Soften the edges of a deck of patio with this easy fall-focused garden. Ornamental grasses are the stars here, with mums and asters playing supporting roles. Garden size: 14 by 7 feet.

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Soften a Patio

    This gently curving bed is perfect border for a patio. The plantings are low-maintenance, so the eye-popping impact of salvia, canna, and zinnias survives even the worst summer heat. Garden size: 14 by 9 feet.

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Make a Bold Impact in a Small Space

    This narrow bed is a perfect complement for any deck or patio. Easy-growing plants like 'Knock Out' roses, boxwood, and peonies create a big show you don't have to slave over. Garden size: 18 by 4 feet.

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A Charming Checkerboard Effect

    Dot the edge of your patio with orange nasturtiums and white osteospermum in this pocket-sized garden. The annuals can be swapped out each year for a new color scheme. Garden size: 6 by 10 feet.

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Enjoy Spring Blooms

    This long, narrow bed is an ideal way to add interest to the end of a deck or patio. As the spring stars fade, fill in with your favorite summer-flowering annuals to extend the show. Garden size: 15 by 6 feet.

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Add Color to Semi Shade

    Turn a partly shaded patio into a restful retreat with this cool garden. Devout shade mavens like coleus and hosta team up with sun lovers like daylily and phlox to create a garden that thrives in a mixture of both conditions. Garden size: 13 by 8 feet.

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Create a Shady Retreat

    This extra-easy-care garden is the perfect way to dress up a deck or patio under the shade of towering trees. Garden size: 18 by 8 feet.

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Enjoy English Style

    This low-growing garden is filled with the flavor of Victorian England. Add it to your deck or patio and create a romantic theme. Garden size: 25 by 17 feet.

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Use Bold Colors for a Dramatic Planting

    It may be small, but this deck- or patio-ready summer garden is not afraid to think big and bold. And it's as low-care as it is beautiful. Garden size: 27 by 8 feet.

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Perfume Your Patio

    Enjoy your patio or deck all the more with this aromatic garden. This fragrant garden includes dianthus, phlox, and nicotiana, along with a variety of other plants that enliven your yard from spring until fall. Garden size: 22 by 6 feet.

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Create a Border of Blooms

    The regularity of paving stones cries out for an equally formal garden. This patio garden does just the trick, softening the stone to create a relaxing retreat. Garden size: 25 by 16 feet.

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City Sanctuary

    This city-style garden is ideal for any space where you want to combine hard-surface comfort with eye-appealing plantings. Garden size: 25 by 40 feet.

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Go Bee Free

    Grasses are a perfect pick for deck and patio plantings because they don't attract bees. Enjoy their beauty and texture all through the year. Garden size: 10 by 8 feet.

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Add Privacy

    Flowering shrubs are a great way to give your deck or patio a little extra privacy. Plus, if you site the bigger shrubs right, they can help cast a little extra shade at the end of the day. Garden size: 10 by 12 feet.

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After-Work Garden

    When you work long days, it's great to be able to enjoy the yard at night. This garden is perfect for planting along your deck or patio because the light-colored flowers shimmer in the moonlight and many are fragrant when the sun goes down. Garden size: 7 by 21 feet.

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Incorporate an Arbor

    An arbor is an ideal way to add drama and beauty to a deck or patio. Decorate the arbor with this garden plan. Garden size: 16 by 15 feet.

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