The garden/patio is becoming a place to live rather than being simply an accent to the house. As it becomes more and more expensive to travel and gas prices run through the roof, more people are spending their money to stay at home. They are making their patio/garden areas wonderful places to be and to enjoy!
Patio areas are becoming more elaborate and pleasing along with functional. People are investing in nice furniture to sit on and relax. They are filling lovely garden containers with sweet smelling plant materials that they can enjoy. Add statuary, ornamentation and structures like gazebos are all being done.
New and bold plant colors are finding their way in and pushing the pastel colors out. Plants such as zinnias in strong colors like red and yellow hold up the the harsh temperatures of Summer and look bold instead of washed out.
Bring colors are being used in patio furniture and furnishings. Don't just limit those shades to plant materials, paint your furniture if you need to. There are many products available for outdoor furniture at your local Home Depot. When it comes to containers there is a wide selection to choose from.
The popularity of planting gardens in containers increases every year. This way you can control the root spreading by containing them and you can control the water that is applied with a drip system. Products like water retaining soil additives and more aware water wise plants are being widely used.
New plants are showing up everywhere. The basic red geranium is fading in popularity and growers are provided more sophisticated plant selections. As more gardeners catch on and demand for even greater choices increases, the container gardening palette will only grow richer.