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10 Clever Ways to Add Charm to Your Patio

A cozy outdoor patio with seating, plants, and subtle lighting.
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Brightly colored flowers alone can add some natural beauty to any patio, but you can take it a step further with these charming additions. Maximize the appeal of your space with these embellishments!

If you don’t have much yard space, and your patio (or porch) is all you have to work with, your creativity might feel restricted. But there’s so much you can do with it that will create a picturesque display everyone will love. Here are 10 ways to make your patio pop!

Tiered Planters

Tiered planters are trendy, adorable, and an excellent way to maximize your patio space. Fill them with flowers, strawberries, or even succulents, for a gorgeous corner piece everyone will compliment you on.

You can easily make one of these, too! Simply purchase a large and medium-sized planter, and one small, inexpensive (but sturdy) container. Place the small inexpensive pot upside down in the large container and fill it with soil. Then, place the medium planter over the small upside-down one.

The pot on the inside will secure the top tier, and you’ll have two containers in one, taking up far less space than two side-by-side planters.

Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets look stunning, and even two or three can turn a house into a home. You can hang them from shepherd’s hooks or install bracket planter hooks—both of which have a charm all their own.

You can install bracket planter hooks on the side of your house, in deck posts, or even wooden fence posts. The shepherd hooks look amazing in entryways, along stone paths, or alongside any patio or deck.

Rustic Furniture Pieces

Antique furniture pieces offer a gorgeous, old-fashioned look that many adore. Keep an eye out for chairs and table sets on the side of the road or at yard sales.

You’ll also likely have luck at thrift shops and antique stores, however, you might have to pay a pretty penny for those finds.

Vertical Garden

If you have a bare wall in your patio area, it’s probably begging for decor, and a vertical garden will get that job done!

Repurpose an old spice rack, file organizer, or even an old mail sorter into a pretty little decoration. Give it a light coat of paint, seal it, and be sure to drill some drainage holes. Then, fill it with potting soil and a few succulents or some lovely flowers.

A Beautiful Chair Planter

A chair planter filled with colorful flowers next to a rusted wheelbarrow and wagon wheel.
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Next time you see an old chair on the side of the road, grab that treasure and turn it into a pretty planter! Chair planters are easy to create, and once you put it together, all your friends will ask how you did it.

These add a rustic appeal to your front porch, patio, or yard.

Landscape Lighting

When it comes to creating a cozy ambiance, nothing does it quite as well as the right lighting. If you plan to spend evenings out on your patio, then be sure to add a few dim lights to create an inviting atmosphere. Whether you use LED solar lights or plug-in bistro lights, the change will be significant.

Upside-Down Tomato Planters

Just like the clever Topsy Turvy, an upside-down tomato planter is a fantastic way to grow tomatoes, without having to dig a hole or plant anything in a pot.

If you don’t have a lot of floor space, but plenty of hanging room, an upside-down planter might just be for you.

The pleasure of picking your very own tomatoes right on your patio is also practical. Plus, once those bright red fruits start to grow, they’ll add a natural glow.

Window Boxes

Window boxes accent a home with such beauty and grace. Once they’re installed, you don’t ever have to remove them. Each season you can enhance your boxes with new, seasonal decorations and plants.

Although flowers are lovely, you can go a more practical route and have fresh herbs within an arm’s reach.

Timeworn Treasures

An old wheelbarrow full of flowers on a patio.
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Just like the old adage says, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure—and some of these treasures belong in your patio garden. We’re talking about old watering cans, wagon wheels, and even old-fashioned bicycles with large baskets. Each of these makes gorgeous decorations for the exterior of any home.

Other favorites include baskets, buckets, birdbaths, and even old wooden step ladders. You can even fill a pair of old rubber boots with flowers!

Trellis with Vining Plants

A trellis for your patio is both a functional and decorative feature that creates a quaint environment. You can choose a freestanding trellis that lays flat against the side of your home, or go all out with a gorgeous arch trellis in an entryway.


There are so many ways you can add a touch of beauty to your porch, deck, or patio. Think about the types of planters that would work best in your space, and then do a little shopping. In no time, you’ll have collected a bunch of gorgeous treasures and turned your house into a home!

Emilee Unterkoefler Emilee Unterkoefler
Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »

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