How To Arrange Potted Plants On A Patio

  • By: Carl Adams
  • Time to read: 6 min.

We all want our plants to do well and we want to maximize our space, the key to getting the best of both worlds is organization. You can arrange potted plants on a patio according to a few different factors, including plant type, size, and light requirements. Let’s take a look at some patio container gardening strategies.

How To Arrange Potted Plants On A Patio

1. Utilize corners of the patio.

Take advantage of the corners of your patio. Chances are the corners of your patio are seldom used, and by putting a 3 container arrangement in each corner you utilize that unused space.

You can place one container in the very corner, and then place two additional containers adjacent to it. This will use relatively little space, but when considering each corner of your patio, it will allow you to have several additional plants.

2. Grouping containers is a good thing.

Putting 4-5 containers in a group in an area of the patio that you do not often use is a good use of space. In addition, if you are planning on having any events such as cookouts or family gatherings you can always move them around to get more useable space.

Depending on the sunshine requirements of each plant, they won’t mind being moved around for a few days at a time to help you get more space for events and gatherings.

3. Create focal points.

When you group the containers together, you should create a focal point for each grouping of containers. Arrange the containers with shorter plants gathered around a taller one that can be the centerpiece of that grouping of containers.

This can even include putting containers on stands or having a variety of plant that will climb in the center of the grouping.

4. Arrange according to height.

In addition to arranging your containers and plants to create focal points, you need to make sure you arrange them according to height so that they can all be easily seen.

When sitting on your patio you want to be able to enjoy your potted plants, or perhaps you want to look through your sliding glass door and be able to see them all. You need to arrange them in such a way so that the tallest plants are the furthest away so that you can see them all.

5. Place small plants on tables or shelves.

If you have particularly small varieties of plants and potted plants you can put them on shelves and tables to help maximize the space on your patio. This will also help protect them from pests and make them easier to maintain.

You can find wire racks and stands designed to hold multiple potted plants that can go a long way in helping you keep your potted plants organized on a small patio.

6. Use hanging baskets on adjasent walls.

Another great use of space is the use of hanging baskets along the sides of your home or porch in the patio area. You can get hanging baskets or free-standing hangers that you can place anywhere on your patio or along the sides of your patio.

This is a great use of space because it allows you to have multiple layers of potted plants. You can hang plants high, then use wire potted plant stands underneath that have additional layers of potted plants.

This will let you potentially have three layers of potted plants along one side of your patio.

7. Organize according to sun requirements.

While organizing in order to maximize your view and placement on the patio is important, nothing is more important than organizing plants based on their lighting needs. If you have something that needs a lot of sunshine, obviously it should be placed somewhere it can receive sunshine.

Something that loves filtered sunlight or shade should be placed in an area it is not receiving as much direct sunlight. This will help keep your plants healthy and let them thrive.

8. Elevate some containers as needed.

Elevating container with plant stands, tables, hangers and sitting them on top of overturned pots is a great way to help develop the aesthetic and focal points on your patio.

In addition to looking great, it helps get different types of plants in position to get different amounts of sunlight and it can make maintenance easier on certain plants that might need a bit more maintenance than others.

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Don’t Be Afraid To Use Overturned Pots

One trick you can use for elevating your potted plants is to overturn an empty pot, and then put a potted plant on top of it.

Not only does it help you manage your empty containers until you find something you want to plant, but it helps you keep your plants elevated and keep everything a little more organized.

In addition to organization, using overturned pots also opens up stylistic and aesthetic possibilities. Sitting your potted plants on top of overturned and empty containers can create design and color matching possibilities while also elevating some of your plants.

Remember To Protect The Patio

No matter how you decide to arrange your potted plants remember to take a few precautionary steps to prevent patio or deck stains from potted plants sitting around.

Protect The Patio From Potted Plant Stains

  • Use plant stands
  • Use pot feet
  • Move containers frequently
  • Stay up on patio maintenance

It really doesn’t take a lot of work to prevent stains from developing on your deck or patio.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you put under patio pots?

You can use pot feet, pot risers, and deck protectors under your patio potted plants. In addition, you can get potted plant stands that help keep your pots off the floor and they will help protect your patio from stains associated with sitting around in one spit while holding in moisture.

How do you group plants together on a patio?

Mix and match different color containers, different size plants, and different varieties of plants to create different focal points and aesthetics that help accentuate your patio and your home. In addition, make sure the arrangement meets the lighting requirements of each plant.

How do I make my patio garden look good?

Make your patio garden look good by picking a variety of nice-looking containers and plants that go well mixed and matched. Size and elevate the pots according to the requirements of each plant. Also, remember to groom the plants bi-weekly and to water regularly to keep the plants looking good and healthy.

How do you cluster pots?

Cluster potted plants together by mixing and matching different sizes and different height containers and plants. This will create a diverse group of plants that each come in at a separate height allowing you to view all of the plants at a time. In addition, this mix of plants will allow them each to receive the proper amount of light if organized correctly.


In conclusion, you have a lot of options when it comes to organizing your potted plants for a patio garden.

Make sure you have a diverse group of planters and containers that each have different sizes and heights so that you can keep a diverse group of plants that each need different size pots.

Remember to utilize the edges of your patio, any areas that might allow hanging plants, and use plant stands along walls under hanging plants in order to maximize the number of potted plants you can have.

However, the most important thing is to keep the plants organized in such a way that they each get the proper amount of required sunlight. You want the ones that need the most light facing the sun, and the ones that need more shade or filtered sunlight in the back.

If you use these tips you will have a fabulous patio garden in no time!

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