Nothing adds interest to a patio like flowers. Even if you have roses in your flowerbeds and a perennial border gracing your driveway, the pop of color and interest flowers bring to almost any patio makes them especially welcome through the summer season.
Although you can grow almost any flower in a pot or flower box that you can grow in the ground, it's important to pay attention to the light conditions on your patio if you want flowers to thrive. Many common patio flowers need at least six hours of sun a day. If your patio has a northern exposure or is bordered by a fence that creates lots of shade, be careful to choose low-light plants like begonias and impatiens. Watch out for plants that require very moist conditions, too. The soil in a garden pot can dry out quickly on a hot day. If it gets very hot on your patio, stick with plants that can go dry between waterings. You can also prepare the soil for your plant pots with water retaining polymer beads or a top dressing of mulch to keep valuable moisture from evaporating. Some favorites you might consider are:
Consider mixing different plant varieties in a single pot. You'll create interest that way and provide some shade for smaller flowering plantsby including taller foliage plants in the mix.