Adding garden elements to your deck gives it a highly visual appeal, as well as creating a functional addition. Whether it’s because you don’t have a backyard conducive to plant growth, or you simply want to decorate, growing a garden on your deck is fun and easy.
Vegetable and Fruit Garden
Space isn’t an issue when growing a vegetable garden on your deck. You can purchase containers at any home or garden shop, along with the proper potting mix soil. Because vegetables are considered ‘heavy feeders’, they ingest a lot of the fertilizers which means you’ll have to add it frequently.
Good deck-growing fruits and veggies are:
- Various salad greens
- Fruit trees conducive to your climate
There are many other fruits and vegetables not listed that could easily be grown on your deck.
Remember to keep them spaced out so they have room to grow, and water frequently. Then, enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of your labor.
Arranging potted plants and flowers around your deck can tie the indoors and outdoors together. Create bursts of color and peaceful green spaces by planting and arranging different shapes and sized containers of plants.
- First, be mindful of shade and sun areas so you’ll know what types of plants will thrive in those spots.
- Sunny spots, you can place tropical plants and other full sun-friendly flowers.
- Shady spots are loved by green, leafy plants like elephant ears and coleus.
- If it’s scents you’re after, consider roses, jasmine, lavender, or hyacinths, to name a few.
- Flowering herbs such as thyme and sage are both practical and beautiful.
All your guests will surely marvel over how your garden grows.
Small-space Deck Gardens
Tight spaces on your deck aren’t a problem! You just need to be a little more creative in your plant placement.
- Hanging gardens: Suspend your plant containers. Using small pots and some rope, you can create beautiful hanging gardens that don’t take up any usable space.
- Repurposed ladder: An old wooden ladder can make a perfect place for potted plants.
- Pocket Planters: There are planters available that are hangable pockets. Hang them on a vertical surface, and add plants.
- Stacked Planters: From large to small, stack the planters after the potting soil has been added. Grow flowering herbs or small flowers. You can also use steel tubs for this.
- Trellis: For a nice accent piece, add a trellis with flowering vines winding its way up and around it.