These Patio Garden Ideas Will Make You Want to Spend All Your Time Outdoors

These Patio Garden Ideas Will Make You Want to Spend All Your Time Outdoors

If your patio has seen better days, there’s no better time to give it a good refresh. And once you’ve livened up your patio furniture, you may want to take a look at your patio’s plant life, whether that means a vertical garden or sticking with traditional pots and raised beds. 

Looking to eat what you grow on your patio? Climbing vine vegetables like tomatoes and beans work well, as do bulb and root vegetables like onions and radishes, and leafy greens like cabbage. And container-friendly herbs are always an option.

To keep your garden budget down, ask friends for cuttings, purchase packets of seeds for cheap, and even check out community pages on social media to find free or discounted options. And you can turn old palettes, troughs, and buckets into planters for your plants, vegetables, and container garden herbs. 

But fair warning: Once your patio garden is all in place, you’ll never want to spend time elsewhere.

Between the AstroTurf and potted plants, this Venice, California patio has been turned into a jungle oasis. Potted plants work great in smaller spaces.

2. Minimal and Green Patio Garden

Ashley of @east_shore_home jazzed up her patio garden with lush greenery and a wooden trellis, which serves as a form of privacy and a place for her plants to thrive. Plus, who wouldn’t want to chill out in a hot tub in the presence of their plants?

3. Coastal-Inspired Patio Garden

In drier climates, a coastal-inspired patio with a few select hearty plants boosts the relaxation factor on sweltering days. As seen on Meliha Omic’s patio, adding planters around your space cuts down on extra maintenance that comes with larger gardens and raised beds and just allows you to chill.

4. Artsy Patio Garden Idea

Being short on space doesn’t mean you can’t add a little plant life to your patio, as proven by Tovah Fine. Her space utilizes hanging planters and different levels to incorporate as many plants as possible. The colorful, artistic accents are a nice touch too.

Believe it or not, the greenery wall on this patio is actually fake. The potted plants are all natural though, and we love the rental-friendly makeover the patio got.

6. Outdoor Living Room Patio

Bringing the indoors out is easy, as seen on David’s patio. Surround your outdoor furniture with plants for a welcoming feel.

8. Climbing Vines and Planters

The gorgeous climbing vines and planters make Irene’s patio extra dreamy.

9. Chic and Streamlined Patio Garden

If you value lawn space, but have a smaller patio, planter boxes and a select few patches of greenery and Mexican beach stones can boost the garden feeling. This space from Amber Freda Garden Design is a perfect example of how to blend chic city life with suburbia’s comforts.

10. Faux Window and Decorative Grasses

Between the plants and furniture chosen, this patio feels like a whimsical secret garden.

11. Patio Garden Inspired by the Tropics

12. Cascading Vines and Raised Patio

Sara Gasbarra’s modern patio is surrounded with cascading zinnias, red rubin basil, and a lush cucumber vine. Your greenery doesn’t have to actually reside on the patio.

Additional reporting by Carolin Lehmann

Melissa Epifano


Melissa is a freelance writer who covers home decor, beauty, and fashion. She’s written for MyDomaine, The Spruce, Byrdie, and The Zoe Report. Originally from Oregon, she’s currently living in the UK.

7 Purr-fect DIY Ways to Hide the Litter Box

7 Purr-fect DIY Ways to Hide the Litter Box

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Let’s face it: Litter boxes are an eyesore. Plus, if you live in a small space, your whole apartment can start to smell like kitty’s restroom. Hiding her litter box in a cabinet is the perfect solution to all of your problems, but these cute contraptions can run pricey.

Unsuspecting Litter Cabinet

Whimsical Litter Box Cover

We can’t get over the adorable cat cutout on this litter box cover by Laura of A Beautiful Mess. It’s made with plywood and wood glue, and the cat shape is cut out using a jigsaw. 

Dana from House Tweaking hid her cat’s litter box by cutting a hole in the side of an IKEA PAX wardrobe and adding a kitty door to it. Since the entrance to the litter box is located under a bench, with the wardrobe doors closed you almost wouldn’t know it’s there.

Over at IKEA Hackers, Cristina made an elegant (can you call a litter box elegant?), modern litter box cabinet from an IKEA wall unit. The front flips down for easy scooping. Find a similar cabinet here

If you prefer to keep the litter box in your laundry room but want to leave the door shut (either for aesthetics or to keep those dogs out), there’s the Cathole, a kitty door that you can add to an existing interior door to give your cat access to the space even when the door is closed. Marti from Project Palermo installed hers in a closet door.

Additional reporting by Carolin Lehmann

Nancy Mitchell


As a Senior Writer at Apartment Therapy, Nancy splits her time among looking at beautiful pictures, writing about design, and photographing stylish apartments in and around NYC. It’s not a bad gig.

11 Hanging Planters You Can Make Yourself

11 Hanging Planters You Can Make Yourself

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Plants totally liven up a home, and hanging them (whether in a DIY hanging planter or one you pick up from a store) takes them to a whole other level, literally.

The tutorials below will help you transform rope, wood slices and even recyclables into stunning hanging planters for a fraction of the cost of store bought. And if you want to put together a planter to enhance your floor as well as your ceiling, we’ve got instructions for that, too.

1. Brass Ring Planter DIY

These mid-century modern-inspired brass ring planters by A Beautiful Mess only take about 10 minutes to make. They’re perfect for air plants or succulents.

This coral hanging planter was finger knitted and accessorized with wooden beads by Anne of Flax & Twine. You can follow her instructions to get the look. 

3. Hanging Plant Shelf DIY 

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4. DIY Air-Drying Hanging Planters

Charming clay pinch pots like these from Food52 provide a sweet home for plants that don’t require a lot of water or drainage.

5. Anthropologie-Inspired

Cara of Never Skip Brunch was inspired by a $198 Anthropogolie hanging planter when creating this DIY. It has a pretty terrazzo pot and gold hoop.

6. DIY Hanging Plant Holders 

8. DIY Hanging Wire Planter 

9. $5 Hanging Planter Hack 

These Target Dollar Spot pots are upgraded with bits of leftover paint and twine by Paper & Stitch for a super affordable option.

10. DIY Hanging Planter Upgrade 

This is the exact same project as above, taken a step further with gold leaf by DIY in PDX.

11. DIY Hanging Water Garden

Additional reporting by Carolin Lehmann

Tess Wilson


After many happy years living in tiny apartments in big cities, Tess has found herself in a little house on the prairie. For real.