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Jeff’s Flower-Filled Patio Garden

A big garden in a small space

more colorful foliage and flowers in containers

I am Jeff Sisil. My wife and I live in Cypress, California. I started gardening about 20 years ago. Here are some current photos of spring plants and flowers. I’m having pretty good luck with hydrangeas and staghorn ferns. I also grow bromeliads, tillandsias, Spanish moss, succulents, nasturtium, senecio, and a few others. The challenge for me is managing the space. Our little patio garden brings us so much joy and beauty. I hope you enjoy our pictures!

close up of bigleaf hydrangea with purple and pink flowersAn abundance of hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9) with their huge, lush clusters of bloom

close up of hydrangea on patioThese incredibly beautiful flowers in a little patio garden show that you don’t need a lot of space to enjoy beautiful plants.

close up of hydrangea with pink, purple and blue flowersThese hydrangeas are showing off the full range of flower colors, from rich blue through shades of purple into pink.

close up of pink and yellow flowersNasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus, Zones 9–11 or as an annual) are in the front, a black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) is in the back, and a big cloud of pink flowers from what I looks like red marguerite daisy (Argyranthemum frutescens, Zones 10–11 or as annual) are in the center.

close up of orange and yellow flowers with silver foliageGlowing orange nasturtium flowers contrast with the silver foliage and yellow blooms of a Senecio.

patio garden with lots of plants in a small spaceThis view of the patio garden shows just how much beauty is packed into this little space.

various colorful foliage plants in containersFoliage dominates here, with coleus (Coleus scutellarooides, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) and polka dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) taking center stage and a silver mass of Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides, Zones 8–10) tumbling down from above.

more colorful foliage and flowers in containersA variegated bromeliad and purple-leaved tradescantia (Tradescantia pallida, Zones 8–10) shows off in the front.

close up of a staghorn fern in a hanging basketCheck out this incredible staghorn fern (Platycerium sp., Zones 10–11 or as a houseplant). What a beautiful specimen!


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  1. Oxdriftgardener 07/03/2023

    Beautiful Jeff. The staghorn fern and Spanish moss were unique additions for me

  2. btucker9675 07/03/2023

    What a gorgeous garden space you've created! All of those hydrangeas - glorious. I love how all of the gardens shared on this site show the spectrum of sizes and styles. Gives me so many great ideas!

  3. user-7821942 07/03/2023

    Jeff, your patio garden is superb. I live in NC on the coast and have lots of Spanish moss draping off of the cypress, black gum, sweet gums, and other native trees in my yard but never thought of it as a cultivated plant. What a great idea!

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    cynthia2020 07/03/2023

    Jeff - your love of gardening shines in your cheerful garden. I especially liked the combination of the nasturtiums, thunbergia, and daisies. Thank you for sharing.

  5. alicefleurkens 07/03/2023

    Its a bit of paradise.

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    simplesue 07/04/2023

    You certainly do have good luck with hydrangeas and staghorn ferns- I'd say excellent! I sure hope my hydrangeas look like yours one of these years! Your garden is so tidy and well arranged- so beautiful!

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