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European-Inspired Patio Design

This post is a step-by-step summary for creating your own European-inspired patio. Choose a style from each group to create your personal Euro-style home design. On some of these sections, you can pick more than one choices. But this is not a quiz or test. Rather, it is a way to brainstorm different ideas and styles until you pick the right combinations that best make up your personal style for you patio.

#1 Mediterranean-style patios from Spain

  • Pompey
  • Medieval Moorish include pool in the patio
  • Cordoba, Spain patio is filled with greenery and vines, the 11th century Moorish, fountains, geranium in pots and hanging pots.

#2 Choose a style based on style of house

  • Country style has mosaic ground, which is colorful with bold Southwestern colors, pool, outdoor dining table for meals, colorful tiles, west-facing, low wall and potted flowers placed on this wall, and south-facing.
  • Southwest style has wildflowers, roses, wisteria, palms, and flowering trees.
  • Cottage garden style looks cozy and cute, attracting many animals and insects, similar to a wildlife sanctuary.
  • Oriental style has bulbs, ornamental grass, dwarf Japanese, black pine, Zen and Asian props, and a bonsai tree.
  • Kitsch style includes found objects, which might be old times that tend to have sentimental value or just nostalgic for childhood.
  • Spanish style includes yellow, white, lilac, and orange flowers.

#3 Pick a 2-color Scheme

  • Coordinate plants by color. Then add accent—which is a complementary color.
  • Sun colors include flowers with sunset colors.
  • Green background to frame the colors.
  • Plants for partial shade

#4 Choose the right location

  • Certain flowers thrive in a certain location, whether facing east, west, south, or north.
  • Brazilian Plume has a pink color
  • Cymbidiums, Clivia, Burro’s Tail, yellow shrimp plant, coleus with snow bush, and Mandevilla Alice du Pont face the east.
  • White Mandevilla and begonia Richmond enosis face west.
  • Sky Shine under the open sky during winter-time.
  • Royal Purple Brunsfelsia are darker shade plants with reflected light. Other darker shade plants include Ligularia, clivia, Chinese Wisteria, Camellia Indica, all are placed in north-facing location. Hydrangeas are grown in tubs or ground, but face east. Cane Begonia—a long bloom—faces east or west; azaleas, Alaska, and Red Wing face north.

#5 Changes for time—seasonal décor

  • Found objects
  • Baskets
  • Spring color flowers
  • Moorish-style furniture
  • Simple paintings
  • Nautical-style furniture
  • Enclosed patio
  • South of border color scheme
  • Bougainvillea  with lobelia
  • Orange bougainvillea roof
  • Succulents in semi-shade
  • Neutral colors look formal
  • Mural on wall
  • Orchid cacti

#6 For a blank wall

  • Magnolia grandiflora
  • Kangaroo paw
  • Lemon tree
  • Vine
  • Lady Banks rose is a long bloom
  • Easter Lily Vine
  • Happy Wanderer is a winter bloom
  • Blood red trumpet vine is a summer bloom
  • Mexican flame vine is a winter bloom

#7 Small trees

  • Brugmansia
  • Tropical hibiscus
  • Majestic beauty
  • Crape myrtle
  • Gold medallion tree
  • Pomegranate

#8 seasonal color plants

  • Bulbs, annuals, blue bedder, narrow beds
  • Perennials—ribbon plant
  • Shrub—smithii is pink
  • Agar plant attracts hummingbirds
  • Butterfly flower needs part shade and warm location
  • Fuchsias in hanging baskets
  • Roses

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Written by Fifi Leigh

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