Written by Jenny, Contributor
The patio is like an extension of the home, so it’s the perfect place to expand your ever-growing plant collection to. So whether you’d like to get your hands on some quintessentially British patio plants or turn your patio into a Mediterranean paradise, there are plenty of outdoor plants that will suit your vibe.
Summer’s finally on its way, and there could not be a better time to spruce up your outdoor space. Trust us when we say that adding vibrant, lush foliage to your home is one of the easiest ways to make it more inviting and stylish.
No matter how small your patio is, there’s always room for a plant or two (or three). You deserve the plant oasis of your wildest dreams, so don’t let lack of space get in the way of achieving your plant parent goals.
Euonymus & Red Cordyline
All of our outdoor plants are potted and don’t need to be planted, which means they’re suitable for various outside spaces including driveways, patios, balconies, doorsteps etc. Potted plants are also much easier to move around, which is handy when finding the perfect light conditions.
You don’t have to worry about your patio looking lacklustre in the winter either, because most of our outdoor plants are evergreen, so they’ll keep their leafiness all year round.
We highly recommend the lemon tree if you'd like to start a mini edible garden on your patio, as it’s one of the easiest citrus trees to grow in the UK. This plant prefers to bathe in full sun during spring and summer, and in the winter, you can bring it indoors to brighten up your home in the dreary months (and shelter it from the weather). It has evergreen, dark leaves and scented white flowers in summer, followed by edible yellow fruit.
The lime tree produces delicious fruit and gorgeous flowers. Like the lemon tree, the lime tree prefers to be indoors during harsh winters. And during summer, it will reward you with fragrant white flowers, followed by edible green-yellow fruit.
The fatsia japonica is a beautiful architectural plant with tropical-looking lobed leaves. If your patio doesn't receive a lot of sunlight, this plant will do just fine in the shade (though it can be grown in a sunny spot, too). In autumn, the plant blooms with white flowers and small black fruit.
Growing tomatoes can be very rewarding, and one plant can yield lots of fruit for you to enjoy. With enough sunlight and care, this baby tomato plant will provide you with the tastiest tomatoes you've ever had. Don't worry if you've never grown fruit or veg before, as this variety is quite hardy and can produce tomatoes right up until the first autumn frost.
The red cordyline is a dramatic foliage plant with spiky burgundy leaves. It's a compact plant, making it perfect for smaller spaces. It's also evergreen and low-maintenance, so you don't have to give it too much attention. Mature plants will produce branches of scented creamy-white flowers that stand out against the red foliage.
This chilli plant is small but mighty. It will yield lots of peppers that have a deliciously mild taste. The peppers have a Scoville score of between 4,000 and 6,000 units, which is not bad if you can't handle too much heat. Chillies are also one of the easiest fruits to grow, making them a great starting point for newbies.
Add this beautiful little plant to your patio if you want something unique and eye-catching. The heavenly bamboo is an evergreen shrub with magical foliage that changes throughout the year. Its bold, red leaves turn green as the plant matures and come autumn, they turn red again. In the summer, white flowers will blossom, followed by clusters of red berries.
This charming miniature calamondin tree prefers to be brought indoors during winter, where it can liven up your interior, but will thrive outdoors in the warmer months. It can provide you with edible fruit all year round, and the delicate white flowers give off a refreshing fragrance.
The bay tree is a classic British patio plant. It's often used as an ornamental plant as you can shape it easily, and it looks effortlessly elegant (especially when framing your doorway). The bay tree is native to the Mediterranean; therefore, it prefers sunny or partially shaded spots.
The bougainvillea alexandra is a climbing plant that comes with its own trellis to support it. It's the perfect plant if you're looking to create a colourful, exciting patio area as it produces showy, bright flowers of pink, red, and purple.
If you are looking for patio plants, browse our range of top-quality outdoor plants today. Our selection will add colour, texture, and movement to your outdoor space, and they make ideal gifts too. So shop now or get in touch with our expert team if you have any questions or need some advice on picking the perfect plant for you!
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