8 Ways to Turn Your Tiny Back Patio Into a Gorgeous Oasis

Plus, tips from a local expert on how to pull it off.
The Inspiration: A coolly laid-back patio by Australian-based Quercus Gardens | Photo: Robert Walsh Photography/Landsberg Garden Design

The Inspiration: A coolly laid-back patio by Australian-based Quercus Gardens | Photo: Robert Walsh Photography/Landsberg Garden Design

Transform a sad slab of concrete into an inviting outdoor oasis with cheery accessories, space-conscious furniture and greenery galore. Take a cue from our inspiration photo above — then sit back, relax and enjoy your paradise. 

Wood slat bench, $315 at Cost Plus World Market.
bench

Photo: Cost Plus World Market

Paddywax concrete-vessel candles, $10 each at Occasionette in East Passyunk.
candles

Photo: Paddywax

Mexa Ixtapa rocking chair in turquoise, $499 at One King Lane.
chair

Photo: One Kings Lane

Glass lanterns, from $49 at Valley Forge Flowers in Wayne.
lantern

Photo: Accent Decor

Recycled plastic outdoor rug, $55 at Madmats.
outdoor-rug

Photo: Amy Kimmich/Mariachi Imports Inc.

Faux bois plant stand, $298 at Terrain in Glen Mills.
plant stand

Photo: Terrain

Copper vertical wall planter, $190 at Williams Sonoma.
planter

Photo: Williams Sonoma

Outdoor throw, $216 at Valley Forge Flowers in Wayne.
throw-blanket

Photo: Valley Forge Flowers/Claire Mahoney

The Expert Says …
Photo courtesy Groundswell Design Group

Photo courtesy Groundswell Design Group

“Take advantage of vertical space. By utilizing creative solutions such as green walls, hanging plants and alternative storage solutions, you can make a small space feel much larger.”

—David Fierabend, principal at Groundswell Design Group, the Kensington-based firm behind Spruce Street Harbor Park, Independence Beer Garden and more

First published as “Patio Perfect” in the May 2017 issue of Philadelphia magazine.