Flowers and Plants
for Your Outside Deck
If you have a home built in the past decade, there's a good
chance it has a deck built onto it. In fact, even
many older homes have added decks recently, because of the
sense of enjoyment and relaxation they provide. Some
people, though, haven't quite mastered the art of decorating
the deck. They just toss a few pieces of furniture
on it and call it a day. But just as with any inside
room, there are lots of things you can do to beautify your
deck. One of the easiest and most affordable is to supply
it with an ample supply of flowers and plants. Before
you start "decking" the deck with plant-life,
though, keep these things in mind.
forget that plants have to be watered. If you have
an outside faucet, you can use an irrigation-drip system.
If there is no outside faucet close enough for this, then
a recoil connected to an outdoor faucet will work just
as well. Then it's a simple matter of attaching
to it a gardening wand. This will allow you to easily
water all of the deck plants with very little mess.
as important as water is sunlight for the plants.
However, most should not receive too much sunlight.
Try to give the plants some coverage or shade if they
are in direct sunlight. Or if you know you won't
forget, move the plants around a few times a day so that
no single plant receives direct sunlight all day long.
need to make sure you've got the right container for each
of your plants. A good container for a deck plant
has an ample drainage feature. It should also be light
so it's easy to carry (as when you're carrying it into
or out of the sunlight). This usually means the
best option is a plastic container, with drainage holes
in the bottom. There are many plastic containers
designed to look like wood or terra cotta; one of these
will look quite nice on the deck.
- If you are spraying for termites around the outside of your home, make sure to plant flowers a few inches away. Many pesticides are available that are not harmful to plant-life if your placement is limited.
to find plants that match the house. Yes, we said
match the house. Consider your house's style and
color as you select your flowers and plants. For
example, yellow or red flowers will look great if your
house's primary color is burgundy or taupe. Purple,
orange and yellow flowers, on the other hand, look good
with a green or blue color scheme. And almost any
color plant will look good with a house that is white
or yellow. Also when wondering the nursery it is common for the plants gifts great inspiration on additional garden features.
for variety. This means that you shouldn't get all
the same kinds of plants or plant containers. Mix things
up a bit. Use a few taller plants that you set toward
the back, and then place some smaller ones out front.
Use some green plants and then add some color with some
beautiful flowers. Adding a fountain will add extra
sparkle to the whole deck ambiance.
for the plants you should consider, it's primarily a matter
of taste. However, many homeowners have boasted about
the look of shrubs, dwarf trees, annuals, perennials, herbs,
tomato plants, small rose bushes, honeysuckle vines, and grape
vines. Ultimately though, you will have to experiment
to see what looks best with your house and the landscape around
it. You can bet that when you're done, though, the whole
family will enjoy spending much time on your new deck.