A couple days ago I forgot to mention another great use for your patio, and that is of a garden oasis. This spring and summer I’ve spent hours sipping coffee, reading books, sun soaking, and observing happy hour on our patio–usually with the pups. If you are not that into growing and maintaining edibles, plant a patio garden that offers a sense of vibrancy and tranquility. We have a palm and several aloe vera plants, along with a whole host of succulents and herbs, which fill in the patio and give it a sense of life. Use coleus or sturdy florals for bursts of color, or simply plant your green plants in bright or styled-to-your-taste pots/containers.