Some things are better together, like peanut butter and jelly. Alone, you’re not thrilled by the result. But, put them together, and wow.
Gardening and decks are like this. Gardens are lovely, and decks are amazing, but you make it happen when you combine gardening and decks.
Here are some garden decking ideas that you can use to make your outdoor living experience better.
Planter Ideas for Your Deck
This is the most common way to bring gardening to your deck. Choose from a variety of different kinds of planters to define the style of your deck.
Built-in planters will sometimes take the place of railing and incorporate built-in seating. They also create fantastic lighting opportunities. When you combine built-ins with free-standing planters, you can create just the look you want on your deck.
Going vertical is an interesting option when it comes to built-in planters. Not only does it save space, but it offers a unique look that complements other features in your landscape.
Some plants do better in large built-in planters, such as grasses and evergreens. Others are easier to grow in flower pots and hanging baskets. Whichever style of planter you choose, you will be able to add texture and color to your deck gardening.
Built-In Masonry Features and Deck Gardening
If your deck is at ground level, you have the perfect opportunity to use masonry features for built-in planters. The right kind of masonry features ease the transition from structure to landscape and create the flow of design that you are looking for.
Deck builders that specialize in all types of indoor-outdoor structures and features will design a masonry feature for your deck that makes your deck gardening explode with elegance. Masonry features help you integrate fireplaces, fire pits, outdoor kitchens, and pools with your garden and deck.
When designing important hardscaping features like built-in masonry planters, be sure to do your research. It pays to get estimates, visit showrooms, view online galleries, and talk to a professional deck builder before you start your project to achieve the look you want.
Pergolas for Climbing Plants on Your Deck
Your deck doesn’t need to be covered, but if you have areas that need some shade, you should consider a pergola. Even if your deck isn’t close to the ground, you can still plant climbing evergreens in built-in planters so they grow on your pergola.
When you use a built-in planter and pergola combination, it transforms the appearance of your deck. Your planter can also do double duty as a railing.
Lighting For Your Garden Decking
It’s not even a question that you need lighting for your garden decking. It will make your garden more attractive and much safer. But don’t let it be an afterthought unless you want it to look like one.
Choose from several different types of outdoor lighting when illuminating your outdoor deck-garden combination. String lights, spotlights, up or downlights, and lamp posts are just some of the choices available to you.
Decks for Water Gardens
Nothing is more relaxing than combining a water feature, a garden, and a deck. You create a paradise when you bring these three things together in your yard.
Plants that need water to grow, like water lilies, cattails, and blue flag irises, will help accent your garden decking by adding color, texture, and shape to your garden. Repeat nature’s design elements as focal points throughout your project.
Before choosing plants for your water garden, take note of each plant’s sun and shade requirements and compare that to what your outdoor space offers. Some water plants prefer still, shallow water. Others must be planted in pots to keep them from taking over your entire water feature.
Grow Vegetables on Your Deck
Even if you are lucky enough to have a large vegetable garden, growing some vegetables on your deck is always fun. Plants like herbs, lettuce, and tomatoes lend themselves very well to container growing, and it’s easy to pop out to the deck and grab what you need.
A vegetable garden on your deck will also look incredible, and the structure of the deck and house will provide support and protection for your plants. If you are short on space, use vertical planters, slim design built-in planters, or hanging rail planters.
Plants like cherry tomatoes, eggplants, strawberries, and lettuce grow well in hanging baskets. If you add marigolds, pansies, or petunias to your hanging vegetable baskets, they will be beautiful all season.
Living Privacy Wall for Your Deck
The choices you have when planting a living privacy wall for your deck will depend on your deck style and how far off the ground it is. If it is close to the ground, you plant a hedge of arborvitae or another evergreen to create year-round privacy.
If you have a high deck, use built-in planters and choose from a variety of trellises to create a living privacy wall. Another option is to build a wall or fence and attach planters to it.
Living privacy walls are great additions to any garden deck. Even if you live in an apartment, there are places where a living privacy wall is helpful. Trellises and containers come in many different styles and sizes to fit your unique space requirements.