Greetings from Patty Clark in the Yakima Valley of Washington. Instead of posting photos of my rural garden, I am sharing photos I have taken during my travels. These photos showcase steps and stairs that are encased with or surrounded by self-seeding perennials, mosses, ferns, vines, annuals, succulents, conifers, planters, walls, and spectacular views. Enjoy!
Steps surrounded by stone walls in Cornwall, England, with various flowering plants growing away in the crevices and gaps in the stone. The effect is so romantic and magical! If you want to recreate this in your garden, we’ve got guides to building and planting stone walls.
Moss and containers make a beautiful little garden between these two sets of stairs in Cornwall. If you live in a rainy climate, moss may be the easiest—and sometimes the most beautiful—accent to stonework in your garden.
Greenery between the steps in Cornwall. The tidiest among us may not like this, but I think it looks wonderful.
Life finds a way! Ferns thriving between steps on a stairway in Cornwall.
A few steps lead to a door set in a bower of flowering vines in Cornwall.
These crisp steps run up beside a wall of green in Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore, Italy. You could recreate this look with a tightly sheered hedge, or cover a wall with a clinging vine such as creeping fig (Ficus pumila, Zones 9–11), or Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata, Zones 4–8).
A magical flight of stairs in Isola Bella is lined with pots of flowering clivia (Clivia miniata, Zones 9–11). Clivia is grown as a winter flowering houseplant for most of us, but if you wanted to have this look in your outdoor garden in a cold climate, pots of daffodils or flowering annuals would work just as well. I think the magic here comes from the use of just one plant repeated all the way up both sides of the stairs. Sometimes the simplest design is the best.
Come back tomorrow for more of Patty’s delightful photos of stairs and steps!
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