ideas to pimp up the patio!
Transform your patio into a tranquil retreat, a stylish outdoor living room or a mini nature reserve with some simple changes. You've seen the makeover shows, so why not give it a go? Here are some ideas to get you started....
install a living wall
Living walls and vertical planting are all the rage at the moment and there are a variety of ways to achieve this stunning look. The high tech systems have irrigation built-in, or at the other end of the scale you can build your own simple version and remember to keep watering the plants!
Build an outdoor bar
There's nothing like an outdoor bar area to make you feel as if you are on some tropical island holiday, lazing by the pool! Let your imagination run riot and create your own little backyard holiday oasis with surplus kitchen supplies and a roof canopy for all weather.
create an art installation
Create height with pot stands
A quick and easy way to bring your beautiful plants up to eye-level is to use plant stands. There are delicate wrought iron stands, rustic wooden stands or upcycled pieces of furniture. Not only are your pots and plants displayed to their advantage, but you can easily move your stands around and swap in new plants if you want to.
Establish a mini nature reserve
If you love butterflies, dragonflies, bees and other wildlife it's not difficult to create a mini nature reserve in your back yard or even on a patio. With the right plants to attract them, and perhaps an 'insect hotel', you can't go wrong. Buddleia for butterflies and honeysuckle for bees are a good place to start, but different insects like different plants so take a look at the RHS website for more information.
paint a mural
Some garden walls are just crying out to be painted as an expression of your inner artist...