How to Refresh Your Apartment Patio for Spring

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Want to learn how to refresh your apartment patio for spring? Having a clean and spruced-up patio for the warmer weather always brightens the season, and our spirits! So let’s take a look at a budget-friendly apartment patio spring refresh.


What a delight to welcome y’all to the Bloggers’ Best Spring Home Tour hosted by my dear friend Kelly at The Tattered Pew. Our hostess has done a lot of work to make this tour come together! Thank you, girlfriend!

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Flowering Plants for an Apartment Patio Spring Refresh

Well, it’s probably no surprise to you that the first thing I think of when I want to spruce up my tiny patio is flowering plants!

tiny patio with flowering plants in terra cotta pots and metal planters

You can add a lot of color (think yellows and purples and more) or a little bit of color (think ALL white flowers) to make your patio reflect your vibe for the season!

Last year, I opted for pinks/yellows/whites on my spring patio. However, a couple summers ago, I opted for all white flowers on the porch. Both brought joy to my heart!

As you can see, purple and yellow are my colors of choice this season. They just seemed to sing to me when I was shopping at the Home Depot nursery!

apartment patio spring refresh purple and white petunias on wood piling and yellow hanging flowers

What colors are your go-to colors for spring flowers?

Use Different Containers to Add Interest

My container of choice is a terra cotta pot(s). And I’m NOT talkin’ your mama’s clay pots here!

Terra cotta containers and planters come in an array of sizes, shapes, colors (yep) and even have decorative elements.

patio with spring florals and terra cotta pots plus cement birds and succulents
I love the ‘patina’ look that has appeared on these terra cotta pots.

And of course, the little ‘terrazzo’ pot joined the patio a few seasons ago… it housed this tiny succulent…

how to add spring time flowers to a tiny patio succulent in a terrazzo pot and stand

Which now has found a home in my large terra cotta pot! What a difference a year makes!

apartment spring patio refresh large succulent in terra cotta pot with cement birds in background
I need to figure out how to get this succulent to grow higher, instead of just outward… Tips in the comments, please!

You can pick up some inexpensive galvanized/metal containers at the Dollar Store… These came with a tray and three pots for $3! Here is something similar, but a ‘bit’ more expensive.

metal buckets with petunias on wood pilings with other patio plants and decor
It will be fun to see these metal pots age while braving the outside elements.

How to Refresh Your Apartment Patio for Spring -Add Special Elements

Do you have a window box somewhere on the outside of your home? Well, if you can’t add a little window box to your small apartment window, think about adding one to your patio rails! You can pick up one this time of year, usually on sale, at Hobby Lobby.

apartment patio spring refresh window box with white flowers on stair rails

These sweet little white flowers with yellow centers look like daisies. And, of course, I forgot to write down the name before I threw away the containers!

Adding some natural colored rafia straw adds a bit more ‘cozy’ to the box of containers, and adds another texture element, too!

apartment spring patio refresh terra cotta pot with white and yellow flowers in box of rafia

Another surprise element is adding some cute little spring birds… or anything that reminds you of spring in your garden!

cement birds on patio with succulent in mini pot
That succulent started out as a cutting from another larger plant… I love watching succulent change and grow!

Apartment Patio Spring Refresh – Add Some Nighttime Sparkle

Don’t you love fairy lights? They seem to just add some extra ‘umph’ to just about any decor element.

Well, why not add some twinkle lights to your patio, too?! These ivy garlands not only look great during the day, but add a couple AA batteries to them, and they add some sparkly joy to your patio garden, too!

apartment patio spring refresh nighttime view of spring patio with flowers and twinkle lights
These twinkle light garlands (I used two) were $4/ea at the 99 Cent Store.

And they look so pretty hanging over the window box. (You can grab a boatload of these ivy garlands on Amazon for even less!)

apartment spring patio refresh terra cotta pot with white and yellow flowers in box of rafia nighttime view
I need to dead-head my little plants!
terra cotta pot with white and yellow flowers in box of rafia nighttime view

A Couple More Tips for How to Refresh Your Apartment Patio for Spring

Remember, it’s easy to get these plants from your local big box hardware store’s nursery area. Personally, I prefer Home Depot. BUT, you can go to your local specialty nursery and have a lot more to choose from!

tiny patio with flowering plants in terra cotta pots and metal planters
The yellow and purple flowers in the large pot came together… two for the price of one!
apartment spring patio refresh terra cotta pot with yellow and purple flowers

Petunias are super budget-friendly and they grow profusely during the spring and summer!

apartment patio spring refresh purple and white petunias on wood piling

And, if you made it this far in the post, you’re going to get a little intel. The next time you see My Wee Abode’s patio, it may just be a bit bigger! πŸ˜‰ Changes are-a-comin’!

tiny patio with flowering plants in terra cotta pots and metal planters

I truly hope these tips and tricks inspired you to give your outside living area a makeover or refresh!

Now, you won’t want to miss the next home on the Bloggers’ Best Spring Tour. Cindy from County Road 407 is another one of my dear friends, and her farmhouse style neutral decor for spring is going to bless your heart! πŸ™‚

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Adding simple and budget-friendly items and flowers to your tiny patio or porch can make a big difference for the spring season. Check out this apartment patio spring refresh! #myweeabode #apartmentlife #smallpatio

And remember to visit all the bloggers from Monday-Wednesday and come back tomorrow for Friday’s wrap-up tours! The links are listed below!

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Bloggers’ Best Spring Home Tours

Monday’s Tours

Monday's Spring Tours

The Tattered Pew / My Thrift Store Addiction / Bricks n’ Blooms

Shiplap and Shells / Cottage In The Mitten / Cottage On Bunker Hill

Tuesday’s Tours

Spring Tours Tuesday

Midwest Life and Style / Open Doors Open Hearts / Cloches and Lavender

Amy Sadler Designs / Up To Date Interiors

Wednesday’s Tours

Wednesday Spring Tours

Simply2Moms / Sand Dollar Lane / DIY Beautify

The Ponds Farmhouse / Pasha Is Home / Lantern Lane Designs

Thursday’s Tours

Thursday's Spring Tours

StoneGable / My Wee Abode / County Road 407

She Gave It A Go / Aratari At Home / Willow Bloom Home

Friday’s Tours

Friday's Spring Tours

Lora Bloomquist Create and Ponder / White Arrows Home / Follow The Yellow Brick Home

Robyn’s French Nest / tatertots and jello / My Family Thyme

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  1. Julie the flowers on your patio looks so pretty! I’m loving the refresh for spring. I can’t wait to plant here! Happy Spring!

  2. Julie, you have done such a beautiful job with the planters. This has inspired me to do something about my front porch even though we still have snow. The bright colours are so cheerful and uplifting.

    1. Thank you, Shawna! I hope you get to refresh your patio soon! I would trade some sunshine for some of your snow any day!

  3. Oh, I love your beautiful patio for Spring! Thank you for sharing these refresh ideas, can’t wait to try them on my back porch.
    It is a joy being on this tour with you.

  4. You inspired me to do something for my front porch because I love what you did with your patio. I live plants & use them in & out of my home. The one thing you can try to get your plant to grow up more than out is trim the branches that are growing over the pot leaving just the tall ones. Be sure to root your trimmings for more plants for self or share.

    1. Great tip, Fernie! Thank you so much! I’ll try that… and may stick the cuttings inside the same pot! πŸ˜‰ Hope you enjoy a refresh on your patio, too!

  5. Your patio is always so happy. I’d love seeing that each day. And I’ve never thought to put lights out like you have! What the heck, that’s so cute and such a great idea. Makes it so much more inviting at night. You’re so clever. Happy spring friend. Enjoyed hopping with you this week. pinned

  6. Julie, your porch is so gorgeous! I love the yellow and purple combination. It’s so bright and vibrant. Perfect for spring. And it looks so pretty all lit up at night.

    1. Thanks, Jen… I almost didn’t share the nighttime photos, but I’m glad I got them in at the last minute!

  7. Hi Julie, What a pretty patio refresh! Pansies are such cheerful flowers and you can’t wrong with succulent varieties. Your styling is lovely–pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  8. Your patio decorating is always so inspiring! I love the purple and yellow flowers together, that was my mom’s favorite combo.
    The window box on the railing is a great idea and super cute!

  9. Fresh flowers always add life to the patio! Love your choice of colors this year, and wow has that succulent grown! I tend to over-love my succulents and can’t keep them alive… but my fiddle leaf figs are thriving πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ Go figure! Happy Spring Julie!!

  10. Julie your flowers and patio are so pretty! I’m insanely jealous because I have to wait until around Mother’s Day to plant here. Oh and your photography is stunning too…made me feel like I was there in person. Thank you for sharing your beauty with us. Thankful for you and your friendship!

    1. Oh… thank you, Kelly. I often wonder about my photography, so your words are so encouraging! Hope you get some warmer weather soon! (At least YOU get peonies!) πŸ˜‰

  11. I absolutely LOVED this post, Julie! You know me, anything with flowers in it makes my heart sing. You’ve done such a beautiful job with your patio. I’m sure it is so relaxing to hang out in this space. And the evening view was such a special extra treat. You’ve inspired me to get going on my flower containers. Happy Spring!

  12. OK, my sweet friend…I can not tell you how jealous I am to see all the flowers and plants outside!!! Here I am checking the weather app and seeing it’s going to be 19Β° in a couple of nights and I really just want to put some Spring flowers out on my porch!! Enjoy your warm weather…and please send some my way!!

    1. It seems you aren’t alone, Jennifer! I WISH we had gotten a bit more rain this season… I miss the sound of raindrops on the leaves! I’ll trade you some snow for sun! πŸ˜‰

  13. Hey Julie! Your patio looks so pretty and ready for spring. I love the galvanized containers. Using purple and yellow are always some of my favorite colors to use outside. So nice touring with you this week! πŸͺ΄πŸ’›

  14. Oh my gosh! I am so jealous of your warm weather. It’s been snowing here but I can’t wait to get outside! I love your pretty patio! I pinned it to my spring board to share. Have a wonderful weekend!


    1. Thanks so much, Jen! It was so fun touring with you… and thank you for pinning! I hope you get some warmer temps, too! You patio looks lovely… you’d never know you have snow!

    1. I can’t even relate… but I kinda wish I could! I would love a real winter here… for sure! Thank you for the kind words, Kristin!

  15. I’m loving the purples and yellows this year, Julie! That big terra cotta planter is gorgeous too. It’s fun to see some nighttime views of your patio. The lights create such a lovely ambiance! Pinning!

  16. Your patio looks so beautiful, inviting, and ready for Spring! I love the colors. We have a screened patio at our apartment and I put out some purple and yellow pansies this week – and had to bring them inside due to a hard frost warning. I know they are hardy, but it got into the 20 degree range! Can’t wait for warmer weather so I can put them back out and use some of your ideas on our patio! Have a great week!

    1. Oh… that must be so hard to take things in and out… I’m hoping there is too much rain this month, so I have to bring them under the covering! Thanks for dropping in and commenting, Ann!

  17. Julie, I enjoy the contrast of yellow and purple flowers. I have that combination in the yard to attract pollinators and for the big burst of happy colors! Your patio entranceway makes a pretty welcome to anyone who visits.

    Thanks for sharing at the Friday with Friends link party.

  18. Hello sweet friend I am catching up with you this morning. I love all of the tips you shared. We have a very small front entry and I will incorporate some of your ideas.
    I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend.

  19. Gosh all of your flowers are so pretty! They bring some cheer to my day as I’m watching a blizzard roar outside πŸ™‚ thanks so much for sharing at Home Imagined today, Julie!

    1. Yes… it has been so cold here, as well. The one thing I’m looking forward to… the buds on the roses bushes! They are looking gorgeous right now with the dark green and red leaves!

  20. Julie, your patio is so beautiful! I love your color choices for your flowers! Everything is just so pretty! I love those two birds by your planter — so cute! Each time you look at your beautiful flowers, it must give you joy in your heart!

    Also, Julie, I have been having trouble with my computer and some of my replies just never got sent. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for all your beautiful pictures you share with us for printing. I just love each one of them and I thank you for all the work you do in making these pictures available. I especially enjoyed the beautiful Easter prints. They were so beautiful! I am going to get some watercolor paper to use for printing these lovely pictures. Thanks for suggesting this, Julie. I know the prints will look so professional done on that special paper. I love watercolor pictures!

    How nice you were able to all get together as a family at Easter and attend Church together. So happy for you. I pray that God will continue to give you the strength you need each day to care for your dear Mom. This is a big undertaking and I know that God will bless you for doing this. It is so hard to see our parents like this. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers, Julie. You are such a blessing to so many! Keep looking up! He knows all about what you are going through — and He loves and cares for you!

    1. Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Mary-Ann… I had wondered ‘where you had gone to’. πŸ˜‰ I’m so glad you are enjoying the printables! Always enjoy your comments, my friend!

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