There are countless perks of living in an apartment, but often one of the drawbacks is that there aren’t a lot gardening opportunities. But Aderra’s charming patios offer a place to enjoy the fresh air and exercise your green thumb.
Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or an enthusiastic newbie, you can leverage your outdoor space to bring a touch of nature to your home. Start by considering these 7 great plants that are perfect for a variety of patio requirements.
The Tall Plant: Agave
The Agave plant prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It’s not known for its blooms, which means it will retain its simple beauty all year rather than through specific seasons. Agave plants feature long, pointed leaves, and can grow to be four feet or more. It’s the perfect pick if you’re looking for something low-maintenance and tall. Plus, with so many varieties to choose from, you’ll always be able to find an Agave plant that suits your taste and outdoor space.
The Multipurpose Plant: Aloe
Aloe is easy to care for and prefers warm temperatures and well-drained soil. Just try to keep it out of direct sunlight for most of the day. Aloe features long, plump leaves that look like spikes but are actually soft. The leaves can be broken apart, and the gel inside can be used to treat cuts and burns. It’s also a popular natural treatment for sunburns. So not only will your Aloe plant look great on your patio, but it will prove to be a useful home remedy, too.
The Sun-Worshipper: Angelonia
Angelonia is a fantastic choice for warm climates, full sun, and moist but well-drained soil. If you’re looking for a plant that thrives in the summer, this one will likely take your breath away. You’ll be able to enjoy white, pink, or purple flowers that stay all through the hottest season. Angelonia grows to be approximately two feet tall, making it ideal for a smaller space.
The Butterfly Magnet: Lantana
Another heat-loving plant great for an Arizona patio is Lantana. These plants prefer full sun and well-drained soil, and grow to be two feet tall or more. Their flowers come in pink, white, yellow, orange, and red, which ensures something to match every decor. Don’t be surprised if you attract some butterflies to your patio when you introduce a Lantana plant either.
The All-Rounder: Jade
Jade is one of the most common household plants, but it grows well on the patio, too. Jade is native to South Africa and so prefers warm climates. These plants feature unique round and fleshy leaves, and at certain times during the year, pale pink flowers. Just remember that Jade plants don’t like to be overwatered and prefer well-drained soil.
The Perfect First-Time Plant: Succulent Rosettes
As a drought-tolerant plant that doesn’t require much maintenance, Succulent Rosettes are ideal for beginner patio gardeners. These plants sit low to the ground, and feature shallow roots and fleshy succulents. The aesthetic appeal of this plant lies in the leaves, which grow in a beautiful rose-shaped pattern all year round.
The Shade-Lover: Mona Lavender
If you’re looking for a plant to fill the smaller, shaded areas of your patio, consider the Mona Lavender, or Plectranthus. It’s a perennial plant that grows to two feet tall and forms a round bush. Lavender blossoms add color to this dark green, glossy plant. It grows best in well-drained soil with regular water.
With so many potted plant varieties that can withstand the Arizona heat and different patio conditions, it can be hard to know which ones to choose. This brief list should be a great starting point for your decision-making process. Which plants will you choose to personalize your condo’s outdoor space?