8 Best Patio Plants for a Beautiful Outdoor Space

The garden shop may sell croton plants (Codiaeum variegatum) as houseplants, but they make great patio plants and grow bigger in sun and rain. Leathery rainbow-hued leaves thrive in full sun with minimal watering.


Few plants attract pollinators like free-flowering pentas (Pentas lanceolata). Pentas, also known as star flower, Egyptian Star Flower, or Star Cluster, bloom in plump


Lantana plants (Lantana camara) are often considered invasive in warm climates, however barren varieties like "New Gold" decrease their spread. When warm and bright, plants bloom continually and tolerate drought


Coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides) has one great benefit. The emergence of new cultivars in recent years has created different leaf hues to compliment any garden design.


After flowering, plants decline, but you may propagate more by repotting pups around the mother. They're usually houseplants, although potted plants may thrive in warm conditions.


Caladiums (Caladium spp.) thrive in full shade, unlike other patio plants. Cold weather bothers caladiums. In chilly soil, bulbs develop slowly or not at all, but in summer, they sprout overnight.


Many gardeners avoid impatiens because to downy mildew, however New Guinea impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri) are disease-resistant. Keep pots of these vibrant flowers wet and in a shaded patio area to avoid afternoon light.

New Guinea Impatiens

This low-maintenance bloom is a good container plant and disease-resistant. This plant needs six hours of light, thus it must be irrigated to keep the soil wet but not saturated.