Tips For Landscaping Around Decks, Patios and Porches – Landscape Genius

Tips For Landscaping Around Decks, Patios and Porches

Posted on October 8, 2017 By

Once the elements warms and decks, patios and porches are back in use, concerns begin coming in requesting assistance within landscaping these areas. So, I believed it would be a good idea to offer these recommendations to all of our readers. The 1st task is to sit on your outdoor, porch or deck and in fact look out (away from the exterior walls). What do you see? Do you observe an open never ending lawn or, probably it’s a small enclosed area? What could you see as a focal point within your view? How do you feel about your own deck? Is it quiet and cozy or more of an open area where you would prefer more privacy? The answers to these questions will determine how you landscape around your outside living area.

Let’s discuss patios and low level decks and porches first. Your point of view through sitting in your chair should provide you with looking into (not onto) the yard area. Basically, the lawn gets an extension of that outdoor space. Low degree sitting areas take more benefit of the opening. Colors and designs can be used effectively from the immediate locations on to the outlying regions. The look at will be complete from the tree surfaces all the way down to groundcover. So, make sure to add in lots of colorful perennials and shrubs into the outlying landscape.

Now, in landscaping around the perimeter of the low level deck (patio or even porch), you will want to select plants knowing that. If your outside living space is usually large and extends out significantly from the house, consider placing decorative trees or other decorative plant life. The following is a great listing of plant life for this purpose.

Japanese red maple

Sky skyrocket juniper

Blue point juniper

Emerald green arborvitae

Crape myrtle

Kousa dogwood

Kwanzan cherry


Red bud

Sweetbay magnolia

Clumping bamboo

Sweetgum silhouette

Nishiki willow

Remember to allow for walking stones or other access to the particular outlying areas. In planting across the edges, select low growing plant life so as to not block the external view. Staying in the 3 ½ foot range and below need to work quite well, especially with higher plants in that range that are cut at the tops such as ornamental grasses.
The following lists plants which make excellent borders.

Barberry crimson pygmy

Crape myrtle Chickasaw

Crape myrtle Pocomoke





Lemon little princess spiraea

Hydrangeas (Cityline series)


Chamaecyparis pisifera compacta

Nandina dwarf firepower

Nandina dwarf harbor


Russian sage little spire



Grass, Acorus Ogon

Grass, Sporobolus h. Prairie Dropseed

Grass, pennisetum Karley Rose

Grass, Pennisetum Hameln

Grass, Phalaris the. Strawberries and Cream

Verbena-low growing

Lantana-low growing




When planning your landscape around higher level decks and balconies, remember that you will end up looking down onto the plant life immediately around the perimeter and just seeing the top portions of the plant life in the outlying areas. High degree areas truly take on a different look at of the lawn than low degree areas and should be landscaped appropriately. High level decks are considered to become (roughly) 5 and 6 ft and higher off the ground. Plant regarding fragrance, long blooming periods, plenty of texture and slightly away from the particular deck so you are fully in a position to enjoy the plants. This list of plant life works nicely in such situations.

White birch




Tulip poplar


Crape myrtles-tall growing varieties

Heptacodium, Seven son

Oakleaf hydrangeas

Magnolia Jane

Red bud

Flowering cherry

Flowering peach

Flowering pear





Armed with this info, you can now confidently plan the scenery around your multi leveled outside living spaces. (**

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