Create a Patio Oasis

I love the back of our home, but it is monochromatic and needed a little life. By adding some beautiful foliage and fun to my patio with Southern Living® Plants, I now have a little oasis where I can relax (and hide from my kids).

The Southern Living Plant Collection has a huge selection of beautiful and unique plants. Since I live in a colder climate, I decided to create a container garden. This way, I can move the plants inside during any unseasonably cold weather. I brought the south to me, and when I’m sitting in my little oasis, I sometimes believe I’m an adopted southerner.

Because the plants are so colorful, I used a black and white color scheme to emphasize their brilliance: a simple outdoor rug with a black border, white rockers, a white table, black containers and black and white outdoor pillows. Simple, elegant, and fun!

In the larger pots, I surrounded the plants with Evercolor® 'Everillo' Carex. It’s such a great filler and provides bright, colorful foliage. This plant prefers full sun to part shade. In one of the larger pots I planted a 'Sunshine' Ligustrum. It’s an evergreen that likes full sun.

In the other large pot, I planted a really fun tropical looking plant called a 'Poquito' Banana. This plant can grow to three feet high and loves full to part sun.

In the smaller pot on the ground, I grouped a 'Lemon-Lime' Nandina with the 'Black Ripple' Colocasia. Both plants like full sun to part shade. The 'Lemon Lime' Nandina is an evergreen, and the 'Black Ripple' Colocasia has chocolate-brown leaves.

And last, but definitely not least, I planted a Solar Flare™ Sunbow® Azalea. This plant will have a brilliant yellow/orange colored flower and likes full sun to part shade.

I am so excited about my new patio landscaping. I can sit on my rocking chairs, relax, and enjoy the beautiful bright plants.

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