Herbs thrive on sunlight, so there's really no better place to grow them than a patio. Rosemary, oregano, mint -- create your own little mini-garden of all your favorite flavors!
Add a burst of color to any outdoor space with geraniums. They're so easy to care for, anyone can handle 'em.
Sunflowers look great in boxes or clay pots, and will make any patio feel alive and summery.
Create a cool, zen-like patio with bamboo. And the best part is you can keep it small, or let it grow if you want more privacy.
Bring a little bit of the tropics to your outdoor space by growing jasmine. The scent alone is enough to transport you to somewhere far, far away.
Grown in large pots on your patio, gardenias are clean, classy, and smell great too.
Angel's Trumpet is a stunning flower -- they hang down and can reach up to one foot in length. They're also very heat tolerant, so they'll thrive throughout a hot summer in the sun.
If you have the space for it, nothing will draw attention to your patio quite like a banana "tree". These large and lush plants probably won't give you fruit, but they love the heat and sunlight and are perfect for backyards.
A favorite of butterflies, lantana's multicolored blossoms will add a gorgeous pop of color to whatever space they're given.
Mandevilla is a flowering vine, so it'll need something to climb. But if you have that, then it's well worth the space and effort -- the trumpet-shaped flowers bloom in beautiful shades of red, white, and pink.
If you need something to fill in space fast, plumbago is probably the plant for you -- this gorgeous periwinkle bloom grows quickly and is drought- and heat-tolerant, so it'll stick around all summer long. It is poisonous, though, so maybe not the best choice for moms with toddlers who like to stick everything in their mouth.
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Sweet and star-shaped, pentas are the perfect summer flower. They love the heat almost as much as butterflies love them, so they'll flourish all season long.
Solanum is often sold to be a patio tree, and it flourishes in containers. It's low maintenance and gorgeous even when the flowers aren't in bloom.
Monarch butterflies love tropical milkweed, so with this in your backyard you'll get the colorful blooms and the colorful butterflies.
A sweet bay leaf tree can grow to be a good size tree, but with some training and shearing it will also live happily in a patio pot. The leaves are the same ones used in soups and stews, so it's handy to have around the grill or kitchen.