Create a Patio Oasis

Do your Labor Day weekend plans include gardening? Let the Southern Living Plant Collection help you with some great weekend gardening project ideas! Courtesy, once again, of Southern Living, guest blogger Sara D. shares a great idea!

Create a Patio Oasis with Southern Living Plants and DIY Blogger, Sara D!

Create a Patio Oasis
by guest blogger, Sara D., the owner of Sincerely Sara D blog

I love the back of our home, but it is monochromatic and needed a little life. By adding some beautiful foliage and fun to my patio with Southern Living Plants, I now have a little oasis where I can relax (and hide from my kids).

Southern Living Plants has a huge selection of beautiful and unique plants. Since I live in a colder climate, I decided to create a container garden. This way, I can move the plants inside during any unseasonably cold weather. I brought the south to me, and when I’m sitting in my little oasis, I sometimes believe I’m an adopted southerner.

Because the plants are so colorful, I used a black and white color scheme to emphasize their brilliance: a simple outdoor rug with a black border, white rockers, a white table, black containers and black and white outdoor pillows. Simple, elegant, and fun!

Southern Living Plants Container GardenIn the larger pots, I surrounded the plants with Evercolor Everillo Carex. It’s such a great filler and provides bright, colorful foliage. This plant prefers full sun to part shade.

Evercolor-Everillo-Carex1Sunshine-Ligustrum2In one of the larger pots I planted a Sunshine Ligustrum. It’s an evergreen that likes full sun.
Sunshine-LigustrumSunshine-Ligustrum1In the other large pot, I planted a really fun tropical looking plant called a Poquito Banana. This plant can grow to three feet high and loves full to part sun.

In the smaller pot on the ground, I grouped a Lemon Lime Nandina with the Puckered Up Colocasia.

Both plants like full sun to part shade. The Lemon Lime Nandina is an evergreen, and the Puckered Up Colocasia has chocolate-brown leaves.

Lemon-Lime-Nandina-550-72Puckered-Up-ColocasiaColocasiaAnd last, but definitely not least, I planted a Solar Ray Sunbow Azalea. This plant will have a brilliant yellow/orange colored flower and likes full sun to part shade.

Solar-Ray-Azalea-550-72Solar-RayI am so excited about my new patio landscaping.  I can sit on my rocking chairs, relax, and enjoy the beautiful bright plants.