Four Fun Plants Perfect for Your Outdoor Patio This Summer
By Laurelynn Martin
Sitting outside surrounded by plants is one of my favorite ways to relax and unwind. I love planting fragrant and colorful plants in containers that will spark joy and a connection to nature. These four fun plants will enliven all your senses, from visual appeal, to delicious taste, to intoxicating evening fragrance. And best of all, they are easy to grow!
Angel’s Trumpet ‘White Cascade’ (Brugmansia hybrid) is an outstanding Angel’s Trumpet that blooms prolifically with 6-8” long single, white flowers. I place my Angel’s Trumpet in my garden as a center focal point or on my patio within close distance to an open window so I can enjoy the nighttime fragrance – even inside my home. In our trial gardens, ‘White Cascade’ was one of the heaviest flowering brugmansias with 50+ blossoms are open at once!
My next choice of plants with visual appeal is Geranium ‘Mrs. Cox’. This Pelargonium hybrid has been tried and true for years. It has become a mainstay in my patio garden with its tricolor fancy leaves. ‘Mrs. Cox’ has been around since 1879 and still remains one of the most beautiful geraniums ever hybridized. Leaf colors range from yellows to greens, reds, orange and maroon and in the brightest time of the year, it will also produce wonderful salmon colored flowers.
No patio is complete without one of our dinner plate-sized hibiscus. Hibiscus ‘Dark Princess’ is a favorite on the patio for its beautiful kaleidoscope of color. The lavender petals, pink petal edges and its deep maroon center displays nicely against its shiny green leaves. Remember to grow in full sun with plenty of water and fertilizer and ‘Dark Princess’ will become a favorite flowering plant on your deck or patio.
Finally, dwarf edible Fig ‘Petite Negra’ is a perfect choice for a patio or deck. There is something satisfying about looking at the medium-sized, delectable, plump, black juicy figs hanging from the plant, waiting to be plucked for eating. ‘Petite Negra’ starts producing figs at 12” in height and loves the warm temperatures of summer. Under cooler temperatures ‘Petite Negra’ may go into a dormancy and drop its leave but as soon as it warms up again it will re-foliate and start producing again.
These four plants bring a sense of peace and contentment to my outdoor gardening space and I hope they will do the same for you. Thanks for visiting Logee’s. Before you go, please be sure to request your free Logee’s catalog. You can learn more about the outdoor summer patio plants mentioned in this article below: