Unusual planting ideas to make your patio stand out

Long summer evenings provide the perfect opportunity to spend time relaxing, or catching up with friends, on your patio. To make the most of the time you spend there, it’s a good idea to be creative with the space. Doing so means that you can turn it into a memorable and beautiful place to hang out.

Flowers and shrubs can be an important part of any patio design. Planting them in an unusual way helps to make the effect all the more special.

Create a staircase planter

Creating a staircase planter on your patio enables you to make the most of the limited space available as the planting structure is created vertically, like a normal staircase. You can get ideas for your designs from the unusual bespoke creations of experts such as Active Metal. The features of these full size staircases can be adapted to create the perfect planting area on your patio. Even if you are not a DIY expert, it should not take more than a couple of weekends to create a series of stairs where you can place pots containing different coloured blooms. If you add railings to the stairs you can use them to support tomato vines, so the area can be attractive and productive.

Make planters from clothing

If you have an old pair of jeans in the house, or an old pair of walking boots, you probably usually throw them out. The good news is that you can use clothes that you do not wear anymore to make unique planters for your patio. It’s not simply a case of filling them with soil; you do need other items such as wood, quick dry cement and plastic lining, and you need to set plenty of time aside for the project. However, the quirky and fun results make the effort worthwhile. Even if you do not have any clothes of your own you can use, just head along to the local charity store and you can get all of the items you need at the same time as helping others.

Upcycle household items

Clothes are not the only items that can be converted into funky planting containers for your patio. You can turn a galvanized metal bin or watering can into a planter simply by drilling holes in the bottom and creating a liner. Even old suitcases can be used as a place to house colourful plants. Again, all you need to do is make sure that you create holes in the bottom and line them with tough plastic. If you want any more inspiration for unusual patio planter ideas, visit house clearances or yard sales locally; from old coal buckets to dolls prams, you never know what you could find that could be converted.

Flowers and shrubs can turn your patio into an attractive space just by being there. Plant them in unusual containers, or display them on a planter staircase, and they can turn your patio into a truly stand-out place to spend time.