1. Create a Patio Railing Privacy Screen
Having an urban garden on your patio is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. However, you may not want to spend much time out there if you live in a densely populated area like a city or a suburb where your neighbors are jealously watching you barbecue hamburgers. The standard patio railing height generally isn’t sufficient to offer much privacy. That is why we love the idea of being creative with patio railing planters to create a serene sanctuary on your patio. You could create a beautiful and attractive barrier by using a patio railing planter box with climbing plants. Some other great ideas include using a patio railing table to divide the patio space, adding solar powered LED patio railing lights like StarLights from AGS Stainless to “let the sun light up your night,” or even attaching a bird feeder to your patio railing for achieving a back-to-nature feel. Using a metal railing for a concrete patio is a huge design trend in 2019. It is very challenging to design or build a patio railing, which is why we recommend that you work with CAD (Computer-Aided Design) designers at AGS Stainless first before making any major decisions. For step by step Do-It-Yourself (DIY) instructions regarding how to install a railing on a concrete patio or a wood patio, check out our railing installation videos.
2. Add Color to Your Garden with Patio Railings
Color is one of the most important design elements involved when planning your urban garden. Using color is one of the easiest and most effortless ways to express your creativity and set the tone. There are countless ways to utilize color in your urban garden. Getting to know and understand the basic principles of color theory will help you get off on the right foot. The color wheel is your best friend when it comes to creating a beautiful palette. Utilizing the color wheel and color theory is a simple, fool-proof way to figure out how to combine colors beautifully and effectively. It can also help you bring your vision to life. There are a few popular color strategies to try:
This color scheme is probably the easiest to pull off. A monochromatic color scheme is composed of plants in a single color family. Monochromatic may sound boring to some, but it doesn’t have to be. You can create extra interest by utilizing different textures, tones, shapes, and sizes.
These describe three colors that sit directly next to one another on the color wheel. Think of red, orange, and yellow as examples. These adjacent colors can create drama and movement with leading lines. When using analogous colors, you could play around with choosing either warm or cool colors. Then you could make more of a statement with color symbolism.
Speaking of threes, you can also try this color scheme. Imagine drawing an equilateral triangle on the color wheel. The points of the triangle will offer three colors that go well together to create an equally contrasting and harmonious atmosphere.
You can use colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. A color will always seem much brighter next to its complement. If you want to plant an exciting and striking garden, consider using complementary colors.
Silver and gray are probably the best options for a patio railing because they look good no matter what you plant in your garden. Fortunately, steel railings from AGS Stainless are perfect for creating this exact look. If you would prefer to use one of the other color strategies, we could design a custom railing system with wood posts and paint them whatever color you would like. No matter what color technique you use, you’re sure to come up with something that is beautiful and harmonizes your garden. Don’t forget that you can also bring your garden to life with colorful furniture, art, and pots.
3. Selecting the Right Container Material to Complement Your Patio Railing
The material for your plant containers should be practical, aesthetically pleasing, and versatile. A few of the most commonly used materials are clay, stone, plastic, wood, and metal.
Clay pots are attractive and inexpensive, but easily breakable as they are prone to damage from cracking. Your plants may require more frequent watering since clay is porous, which results in the soil drying out more quickly.
You can add a lot of character with stone pots, but they tend to be very expensive and heavy. On the plus side, stone is extremely solid and provides amazing heat insulation. In more recent years, faux stone planters have been used to offer a cheaper, lightweight solution that simulates the texture and pattern of real stone.
Plastic pots are widely available in many shapes and sizes. Plastic pots are durable, inexpensive, and quite lightweight. Unfortunately, plastic can look ugly and sometimes becomes brittle when subjected to Ultraviolet (UV) rays or frost.
Wooden Planter Boxes
Wooden planter boxes can be custom-built in just about any way from the size and shape to the species of wood used. Wood provides excellent insulation for plants but may attract pests and insects. Depending on the size of your wooden planter, weight might also be an issue.
Metal Planter Boxes
Metal planter boxes are durable, attractive, and very decorative just like CLEARVIEW® patio railings from AGS Stainless. Stainless steel boxes are very functional and can be combined with many other garden features like benches, trellises, railings, and much more.
4. Vertical Gardening Techniques with Patio Railings
You might think that you don’t have enough space to create a patio railing garden. A major trend called vertical gardening solves this problem by allowing your plants to grow upward. Knowing how much space and sunlight you have to work with is essential for getting off on the right foot. Patio railing kits can create more space by letting your plants grow around the railing. Having a vertical patio railing might be better than a horizontal patio railing in this case. If you are going to add a vertical garden outdoors, you will need to determine the right plants for your climate zone. It’s also good to consider any rules, regulations, and weight limits for your patio before beginning. The Olympus stainless steel patio railing from AGS Stainless is better than a wrought iron patio railing for vertical gardens since it looks good and resists rust. It’s easy to find a patio railing design that fits any lifestyle. If glass patio railing systems are more your thing, then you might want to check out the Glacier glass patio railing, which has glass panels to create a modern reflective look that makes your garden look bigger than it actually is. You can find other patio railing designs like Rainier patio wire railings on our website. All of our railing projects meet patio railing codes and are customized to meet your specifications, so we can help you create the perfect look for your outdoor patio railing. Whether you want to complete your urban garden with a patio stair railing or just want a railing for your concrete patio, AGS Stainless can make it happen. Your garden is yours and a direct reflection of your creativity and love. These design tips will help in getting off to a successful start. Sometimes, rules are meant to be broken since you can use a patio railing like a trellis. If you find yourself veering away from the traditional design principles in making your dream garden, then absolutely go for it! It only matters that you love your garden.