The season of fragrant flowers is just around the corner, so it seems to be the perfect time for a small patio spring refresh. Let’s take a look at how to add spring time florals to a small patio!
HOW TO ADD SPRING TIME FLORALS TO A SMALL PATIO
Today is a special day!
It’s the kick-off for the Celebrate Spring Blog Hop!
This week, 25 bloggers will be sharing their homes and projects for the spring season!
If you are here via Sand Dollar Lane, welcome!
Leen from Sand Dollar Lane and I both have a love for coastal style in our homes, and we so appreciate Leen putting this hop together for all of us! Be sure to pop on over to see Leen’s lovely spring pergola!
AND, make sure you visit each of the 5 bloggers today, and come back and visit each day this week to see what is being featured! (The links are at the bottom of this post!
Small Patio Spring Refresh
Is the spring season calling your name? It sure is calling mine!
What about sprucing-up your patio or porch for the season? Refreshing my tiny outdoor space is almost always on my seasonal agenda.
And when I saw all the wonderful spring flowers showing up at the local hardware/nursery store, I just couldn’t pass them up!
So, today let’s take a look at how to add spring time florals to your tiny porch or patio by creating a container garden.
And remember… these tips can easily translate to ANY size patio or porch!
Add Flowers with Color… or Not!
Many people enjoy LOTS of color in their container gardens. It’s a feast for the eyes!
Other’s like to do monochromatic gardens to give a soft, peaceful look to their outdoor space.
Both options are lovely. However, this year, I decided to use just a few colors in my spring time garden, keeping to pinks, whites, and yellows.
Use Lots of Greenery
If you’ve been around My Wee Abode for any time, you probably know how much I love using Lamb’s Ear in my home. The silvery green color is perfect for a cottage coastal look, and even looks great with cotton stems for a bit of farmhouse style!
When I saw these dusty millers (silver ragwort) at the nursery, I knew their fuzzy silvery leaves would be a great replacement for the pretty little asters that were in my fall patio garden.
Use Lots of White (and Add Some Fragrance)
Have you ever planted stock in your spring garden? This is my first time and, so far, they seem to love being in my big terra cotta pot! And, they smell amazing!!!
(I have some stock in a vase sitting near me as I’m typing… it smells heavenly!)
Aren’t the little buds inside the stock so pretty? That silvery green gets me every time!
Add a POP of Color!
These petunias are easy to grow, add a punch of color, and are quite robust!
When my mom’s grandchildren started being born, she gave each of them a flower nickname. My oldest niece was the petunia in Grammy’s Garden. 🙂
Surprise Flowers Are So Fun!
One of the flowers I was especially excited to find was ranunculus (ranunculi?)!
Have y’all ever heard of The Flower Fields located here in So Cal? If you EVER visit the most southern area of California in the spring, be sure to visit The Flower Fields.
Though The Flower Fields have many different types of agriculture, they are best known for their acres and acres of ranunculus! One year, after taking my kids on a field trip there, I fell in love with the fluffy lacey flower!
I planted yellow and pink ranunculus in my large terra cotta pot, and both plants had large blooms. But, we had some strong winds this past week and the smaller pink bloom didn’t make it! However, you can see that more blooms are on their way on both plants!
Coordinating Containers Are a Plus
When adding flowers, pots, and decor to a small patio, use coordinating containers to give a sense of consistency and flow.
Terra cotta pots are my fave! Whether using green plants, florals, or even succulents… it seems any plant looks great in terra cotta.
Using succulents in a container garden is an easy way to add interest to your outdoor space. And these terra cotta pots have some pretty green accents that make them different, but still coordinates.
My succulents needed to be transplanted from the tiny mason jars they were originally planted in last year in my summer container garden.
Did you know that succulents have ‘babies’? LOL! this was a cut from the larger one above it.
This succulent was replanted in a ‘terrazzo’ pot with a bamboo stand, and then placed under the black stand that holds the large shallow terra cotta pot.
This pot is different, but has the colors of the terra cotta pot, along with the other neutral tones of the rest of the container garden.
Surprise Elements Are Your Friends
What do you think of galvanized metal? Me? I never get tired of it!
This sweet little galvanized window box (seen at the top right of this photo) is a great option for a small porch container garden. It’s one of the best purchases I’ve made for My Wee Abode…
And that galvanized water can is the perfect size for a tiny outdoor space!
When I finished my little container garden, I had some little plants left over. My sweet friend, Cindy from County Road 407, suggested I try hanging some plants from the patio rail… so I did!
These were super easy to make. I already had the pots in my stash, and just added some twine to hang them!
Last Minute Decor Details for a Small Spring Patio Refresh
Remember to add a couple spring decor items to your tiny outdoor space.
Like a couple sweet little bird statues… (you may have seen these in my spring tours from past years!)
And these inexpensive outdoor grapevine lights from the 99 Cent Store were a great buy…
And look how fun they look at night! It’s such a treat to enjoy the garden at night, too!
And don’t forget your outside door decor!
Do you recognize this tote door wreath? Yep, this was my Valentine tote from last month’s Pinterest Challenge! I simply took out the heart picks and snipped off the Valentine ‘dangle’.
The Final Result for How To Add Spring Time Florals to a Small Patio
This spring small patio refresh has a bit “more” than MWA usually has on the porch… but, I’m really enjoying it. And, I think my neighbors like it, too!
Usually, an accent mat under the regular foot mat is a great idea. But this time, I decided to skip it! I thought it would be just a bit too much.
This little pansy plant will be a surprise color when it finally blooms! Watch, it will end up being a bright blue or purple! 😉
I hope you enjoyed the start of the Celebrate Spring Blog Hop! Now you get to visit Postcards from the Ridge! Angie’s decor is always gorgeous and inspiring!
And remember to come by each day this week to get tips and tricks for each area of your spring home!