Patio Plants

Heat and Cold-Resistant Container Plants

Question from Brenda: What are some good container plants for Oklahoma that will make it through our cold winters and hot summers?  Thank you! Answer from Pat: The hallmark plants for containers in cold-winter climates are hardy evergreens. Your garden center should have a good selection. Books and magazines, especially those on formal landscape design […]

Drought tolerants for patio

Question from Tracey: I would like to find out if there are some drought tolerant /native plants that will do well in pots on a patio. The patio is south facing and gets a lot of sun. I’m in the South Pasadena/ Highland Park area of Southern California. Answer from Pat: A few native plants […]

Potted Cape Honeysuckle Patio Tree

Question from Laurie: I just bought a cape honeysuckle patio tree about three weeks ago, when can I expect it to flower or at least show buds?  Up until now I check it daily to make sure it doesn’t dry out and it is in full sun from about 1 pm to sundown. Answer from […]

Container-grown Cape Honeysuckle with Wet Feet

Q: A couple years ago I bought a 5 foot staked cape cod honeysuckle, (orange trumpet clusters). It is in a 3 foot tall 18 inch wide plastic container on my balcony. I live in P.B. across from the bird sanctuary, southern exposure. It grew and developed into a lush fabulous dense plant, (about 15 […]

Climbing Patio Plants

(A “vine” is correctly called a “climber.” The word vine comes from vineyard and actually only applies to grapes. Climbing roses are not vines but when we call all climbing plants climbers, climbing roses can also be lumped in with the group.) Blood red trumpet (Distictus buccinatoria). Bougainvillea, variegated ivy, Star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides). Bower […]

Patio Plants For Hanging Baskets

Begonias of many types Burro’s tail, Donkey tail (Sedum morganianum), Flowering maple (Abutilon) some lovely new ones are coming out this year. Lotus (Lotus berthelotii) Annual trailing lobelia (Lobelia erinus cultivars.) Perennial basket lobelia (Lobelia richardsonii) a hybrid of uncertain origin. Trailing fuchsias (Fuchsia procumbens)—many types and varieties.

Patio: BULBS for pots or ground

In fall: Plant daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, ranunculus, cyclamen, and South African spring flowering bulbs like babiana and ixia, watsonia, and others. In spring: Plant gladioli, tuberous begonias, caladium, dahlias, and other warm-season bulbs and tubers.

Patio Annual Color

In fall plant: Iceland poppy, snapdragons, pot marigold, sweet alyssum, fairy primrose, (P. malacoides) and English primroses (P. polyanthus), foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea),and other cool-season flowers. When these have bloomed out, switch the plants to such warm-season choices as marigolds, Salvia splendens, blue salvia (S. farinasea), Nemesia ‘Blue Boy’, and edge with sweet alyssum and lobelia. […]

Patio Plants That Can Climb Up To Sun

Blood red trumpet (Distictis buccinatoria) Bower vine (Pandorea jasminoides.) Cup of Gold (Solandra maxima) Easter lily vine (Beaumontia grandiflora) Eureca Lemon tree, allowed to grow tall Hardenbergia (Hardenbergia ‘Happy Wanderer’) for long winter color in sun. Lady Banks rose (Rosa banksiae, and R. banksiae lutea) Lavender trumpet vine (Clytostoma callistegioides.) Mexican flame vine (Pyrostegia venusta), […]

Patio Plants For Partial Shade

Snowbush (Breynia disticha) needs splash of sun for colorful leaves. West facing or east  facing is okay, even 2 hours sun in middle of the day. Camellia (Camellia indica , Camellia japonica, and C. sasanqua.) Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides cultivars.) Cyclamen Cymbidium orchids (Keep in adequate sun and spread of temps for bloom, but while in […]