Patios are an outdoor extension of your homes, thus care should be taken to make them equally welcoming and comfortable. A little thought and planning is essential before you get down to patio landscaping.
The patio should be designed to look like an extension rather than an afterthought. Patios are normally used to unwind, either together as a family or in solitude. It should be designed to meet your needs and look great too.
The important aspects of patio landscaping include patio furniture, paving, plants, lighting and last but not the least accessories. Each of these features is an important aspect and carefully thought of and is essential to make them work together to an aesthetic advantage. When you are choosing materials remember to match them to the house and the general layout.
There is a lot you can do with patio furniture. A lot would depend on the budget allotted. Patio furniture sets can be bought for as little as a couple of hundred dollars or you can spend thousands of dollars to buy cast aluminum or teak furniture for the patio.
When choosing your furniture do keep in mind the décor and style of your home. A patio with antique furniture would look out of place if your home has a modern look. Another factor to keep in mind would be the ease of maintenance and refurnishing.
The next thing to pick for patio landscaping would be the pavers. Again keep the material of your house in mind when choosing from stones, brick pavers, or concrete as a paving material.
A brick paver patio would look out of place outside a stone house unless stone too is incorporated in the design. The patio pavers or any material that you choose can be used to create interesting features to make the patio unique.
Plants are an integral part of a patio and can be used to create moods and meet practical needs. If you would like to design the patio as your personal retreat judiciously placed bamboo plants or evergreen shrubs can give you your private space.
Those with kids might need an open view to be able to keep an eye on them so containers and short plants would be the ideal choice for patio landscaping.
Choose lighting for effect and practical use. You will have plenty of options to choose from but try and match the lighting with the patio furniture and the general design of the patio. The lighting should provide sufficient light and blend aesthetically with the rest of the patio.
Interesting accessories like bird feeders, bird baths, fountains etc can be added to make the patio attractive.
It would be better if you could plan the whole layout before you start out to make your patio landscaping project a huge success. The right combinations can work wonders for the patio.