As we usher in the vibrant hues of autumn, it’s the perfect time to infuse bold textures into your patio or balcony. These top 6 plant picks are sure to add tenacious texture and year-round allure to your outdoor haven.

6 texture plants that will thrive on your patio

Philodendron ‘Xanadu’

For a touch of modern texture, look no further than the ‘Xanadu.’ This tropical beauty adds flair to your patio with toothed bright green leaves, spreading a lush tapestry in dappled to semi-shade areas. While it exudes contemporary charm, be cautious, as ‘Xanadu’ is toxic to cats and dogs. Exercise care, and let this stunning plant elevate your outdoor space with its tropical allure.

Philodendron Xanadu


Carex ‘Feather Falls’

Embrace the beauty of ‘Feather Falls,’ a plant that epitomizes year-round elegance with its long, clean, and crisp foliage. Adorned with bright white margins along slender leaves, this decorative wonder gracefully waterfalls over container edges. Placing ‘Feather Falls’ in a sunny to semi-shade position ensures it thrives, and the best part? It’s cold and frost-hardy, promising a maintenance-free joy throughout the seasons.

Carex Feather Falls


Phormium ‘Ruby Tuesday’

The ‘Ruby Tuesday’ is the focal thriller your patio needs, with strap-like burgundy leaves that thrive in full or partial sun. Frost-hardy and visually striking, this plant adds a touch of drama to your outdoor space, making it a standout feature amid your container ensemble.

Phormium ruby tuesday

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Bushveld Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe sexangularis)

Meet the local succulent champion, the Bushveld Kalanchoe, boasting robust red foliage and distinctive Stegosaurus-like ridges on its leaves. Placing it in full sun enhances the fiery flush of red colour, making it a standout feature as temperatures drop. Anticipate the arrival of long tubular flowers in sunset hues, treating your patio to a breathtaking display from now until winter.


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Lobelia ‘Bella Aqua’

Bring a delicate touch to your patio with ‘Bella Aqua,’ a filler that bathes your space in dainty bright blue flowers during autumn. Thriving in full or partial sun, this charming addition complements the bold textures of other plants in your outdoor garden as well.

Lobelia Bella Aqua


Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’

Let ‘Silver Falls’ cascade like a velvet waterfall in full or partial sun. The trailing spiller adds an exquisite texture with its silver-hued, velvety leaves, creating a visual spectacle that transforms your patio into a serene retreat.

Dichondra Silver Falls



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