Patio Garden: What’s Growin’

I’ve been meaning to write this post for several months. I had a lot of high hopes and big expectations for my first patio gardening post. There are so many things to talk about, so many things one could focus on. But the post/posts were never getting written, so I just decided: screw it!

What follows are a few pictures and some random notes on what I have been able to grow (intentionally & unintentionally) on my shady north-facing patio. Later, in other posts, I may elaborate on specific plants or experiences…


Herbs of all kinds are easy to grow and hard to kill. Specifically, mint, lemon balm, basil, rosemary and lavender are easily to grow on partial sun patios. I’ve also tried dill, chives, thyme, and cilantro!




Also easy to grow/hard to kill. Succulents and aloe vera plants help give your patio garden a full and lively feel especially in dryer climates and during the “winter months” when not much is growing or you just want a little break  (in California).



My favorite patio flowers are fuschias, hydrangeas, teacup roses, sweet peas, lavender, and begonias. Each adds their own pop of color and unique shape/foliage if you want to cut and make floral + herb bouquets. I’ve also tried poppies and wildflowers on my patio with limited success due to my sunlight situation.




Tomatoes (accidental), squash plant (accidental), celery,  jalapeños, bell peppers, onions, garlic, and potatoes (accidental).

*What I mean by accidental is these plants started to sprout in my open air composting bins and then I transferred them into other containers where they were able to continue growing.

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That’s all for now! I’ll try to revisit a few patio gardening basics (successes & failures) in the coming weeks as I hit ruts in my blogging output.

Until soon,


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