Adding potted plants to your patio is a great way to bring your outdoor space to life. Sure, most plants are at their best during the spring and summer months, but that doesn't mean your patio should look bare through the autumn and winter months. If you're lucky, some of your spring/summer bloomers will continue to produce flowers as we head into the colder seasons, but most flowers will die back within a matter of weeks.
If you're looking for some patio plant suggestions that will look good through autumn and winter, look no further. We've rounded up a selection of our favourite autumn patio plants so that you can enjoy your patio all year round.
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Looking at pretty flowers can trigger chemicals in your brain like dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin (otherwise known as the happy chemicals). Looking at flowers can make you feel less depressed and anxious, so there's a real mental health benefit if you can encourage some flowers to grow on your patio this autumn.
Looking for something that will add an instant pop of colour to your patio? The hardy fuchsia (or fuchsia magellanica) are known for their gorgeous 'ballerina' flowers which are capable of surviving throughout the autumn and the winter.
With tassle-like flowers, amaranthus species are a great option if you're looking for a more unusual patio plant. These flowers bloom in autumn and stick around for a few weeks into winter. When cut, they can be used in gorgeous autumnal flower arrangements.
One of our all-time favourite autumn patio plants is cosmos! Blooming from spring right up until the first frost of the year, these delicate flowers are sure to put a smile on anyone's face. At the end of the season, cosmos will die back, self-seed and create even more beautiful blooms in your garden for the following year!
Another great way to bring your patio to live during the autumn and winter months is to add a herb garden. Unlike most flowers, herbs are hardy enough to withstand the pressure of autumn and winter - plus they can be very helpful in the kitchen. Summer herbs like basil and chives won't make it through the winter, so it's important that you harvest these before the first frost.
Herbs that will last well through autumn and into winter include sage, bay leaves, rosemary and thyme. It's no surprise that these are often additions in our favourite autumn/winter meals. Creating a herb garden on your patio is really easy and you can enjoy the fruits of your labour all year round.
We hope that this gives you a few autumn patio plant ideas. A quick reminder that the clocks go back on Sunday 25th October, giving us an all-important extra hour in the day. Perhaps you could utilise this to give your patio planters some TLC!