Garden Patio Ideas
1. Small Patio Garden
A perfect design for small patio gardens, this urban garden incorporates two small patios made from tumbled pavers. A diagonal flagstone path splits the space which makes the garden look bigger.
The edges are softened with evergreen plants including shrubs, small trees and perennials while climbers on the fence line add height and create a cosy space.
All you need is a good book and a cold drink.
2. Garden Patio on a Budget
If your back garden is looking sad and you don’t want to spend a lot of cash consider artificial turf.
It’s a cheaper option than patio slabs or pricey stone and lasts for decades if you take care of it.
Use brightly coloured masonry paint to brighten your fence line or wall and take apart any unwanted wooden furniture you have to make plant shelves. Herbs are a great plant for outdoor shelf life.
3. Front Garden Patio
This ultra-modern front garden patio requires no maintenance.
Use sleek grey stones as a patio and pathway, then plant up the soil with box balls or yew balls. One box ball in a grey container by the front door continues the theme and brings the design together.
Box and yew require a yearly trim but when it looks this good it’s worth the effort.
4. Cottage Garden Patio
Cottage garden patios are the stuff of countryside dreams, but they suit an urban environment too and attract lots of wildlife.
Get your country on with a small seating area on a neutral-toned patio, then fill up borders and pots with colourful foliage and flowers. Lavender, wildflowers, and roses are traditional and they’re easy to grow.
5. Cheap Garden Patio
A cheap way to boost your patio (and eat healthily) is incorporating areas to grow your own.
A raised bed is easily made from four sides of wood and small troughs can be attached to the fence line to keep those pesky slugs from your strawberries!
If you have a hot garden grow tomatoes and herbs, whereas a shadier garden will love leafy greens and root veg.
6. Raised Garden Patio
A raised garden patio brings height and interest to your relaxing space, and the sides are perfect sun traps for flower beds and veggie patches.
This is the perfect way to make the most of the sunny spot in your garden. Raised patios don’t have to be near the back door so locate your warmest area and get building. The more sunlight you can give your plants the happier they will be.
7. Modern Garden Patio
A modern patio has clean lines and useful features. This one is so modern the plants haven’t even grown yet!
Sleek slate pavers surround a built-in fire pit to keep you warm on chilly evenings, and the retaining wall provides extra seating for big get-togethers.
A sleek modern patio is simple to keep clean too, so you’ll have extra relaxing time.
8. Garden Patio Decking
Decking is a great way to refresh your outdoor space and it’s easy to build it yourself. A large deck is the perfect entertaining space or area to lounge on relaxing evenings.
Deck boards are easy to cut so you can build around an existing feature such as a tree or even create steps that match your deck. A safety rail on high parts means the whole family and pets can play outside too.
9. Garden Patio Lighting
Patios are great for evening entertainment and when the sun goes down the fun doesn’t need to end.
Fairy lights are a pretty and inexpensive way to light your patio. Wind them around rails, the umbrella poles, or as in this picture string them across the top.
If you don’t have a structure yet it’s easy to add a few screens or fenceposts to anchor your lighting.
10. Back Garden Patio
A back garden is your private oasis so you can go as classic or as zany as you like.
This modern design suits a small back garden and incorporates wood, grass, and stone with a winding path. It’s simply decked, edged with pavers, and is very low maintenance
Simple, a little bit different, and looks great from an upstairs window.
11. Large Garden Patio
Two heads are better than one, and two patios are better than one!
If you have a large garden consider a patio outside your back door and another in the sunniest spot. That way you’ll never get bored of the view and can make the most of our unpredictable weather.
A paved or stone path connecting your patios stops wear marks appearing in the grass.
12. Patio Vegetable Garden
If building raised beds on your patio isn’t feasible, buy or repurpose a large container and surround it with bamboo matting. It’s perfect for veggies on the patio.
A few hessian potato bags give this patio vegetable garden a rustic and delicious look. Just remember to give them plenty of water if the weather turns hot.
One of the benefits of a patio vegetable garden is that you don’t have walk far for your veggies – or the mint for your marguerita.
13. Zen Garden Patio
Zen gardens are about relaxing and they usually contain calming water.
This zen garden patio has a built-in pond to match the patio stones and features a tinkling fountain to wash away stress.
Don’t forget acers and surrounding sculptural trees so it looks as if your water feature belongs in the landscape. Minimal use of colour keeps this garden patio one of the most relaxing around.
14. Patio Flower Garden
A patio flower garden is a relaxation haven. Not only are the flowers beautiful they attract gently humming bees and pretty butterflies to immerse you in nature.
Dig up the areas around your patio and plant flowering shrubs as a backbone. Fill in the gaps with annuals and wildflowers. Try to bring flowers right up to your deckchair in pots and containers – lavender and Erigeron daisies especially love container life and are tough, pretty little plants.
15. Garden Patio Slabs
Patio slabs don’t have to be boring. There are many colours, shapes, and sizes to choose from.
Here’s a round patio created from square slabs in a palette of colours. It’s practical and interesting to look at especially with two garden paths leading in different directions.
When it comes to patio slabs think outside a square patio, there’s so much more you can create.
16. Patio Water Garden
Water is so relaxing and when it looks this good who can resist a few minutes peace in paradise. The large pebbles remind you of beach holiday and upkeep is minimal.
This patio water garden idea is a modern, shallow pond that’s safe for kids and wildlife. It’s the perfect choice for busy families that want a relaxing patio water feature.
17. Country Garden Patio
Country gardens are flower-filled and feel as if nature is in charge.
A wooden deck patio lends that natural feel and planting right up to the edges gives you that ‘surrounded by countryside’ effect even if you’re in the city centre.
Let flowers flop onto the patio and bring them right to your feet in with containers. A delicate white table and chair set finishes off the country cottage chic.
18. Patio Herb Garden
Herbs are perfect in vertical gardens because they love good drainage and this leaves you more space to entertain on the patio. Result!
Vertical planters are available in fabric and plastics or you can sit pots on a step ladder or wooden pallet. Anything that gains elevation.
A patio herb garden is great because you won’t have to walk far for tasty, free herbs to spice up your pasta and pizza.
19. Rustic Patio
Rustic patios are unpolished, slightly rough-looking relaxation areas. What’s more relaxing than having little maintenance?
This rustic patio is gravel based, has dry stone walling to capture the cosiness, and big rustic wooden chairs. The natural planting, log pile, and few strategic flowers make it look like you haven’t tried too hard. Perfection.
20. Tropical Patio Garden
Unwind in tropical paradise bliss – but it’s your own patio?
Get the tropical look with lots of leafy plants. Large hardy palms and gunnera add height while smaller yuccas, cordylines, bamboo, ginger lily, and acanthus mollis surround you in green lushness that will withstand the UK weather.
Why not add a hammock and a drink with an umbrella? You deserve it.
Choosing The Best Garden Patio
A garden patio can turn your outdoor space in somewhere you can enjoy all year round, but it doesn’t have to be a rectangle of beige slabs.
Adding shapes, water, plants, lighting, and comfortable seating can transform a patio into somewhere you can’t wait to spend time.