Today we’re returning for more of Patty Clark’s photos of stairs and steps she’s photographed in gardens around Europe. There is something so inviting about a set of stairs; they beckon and invite us to climb up and discover something new. They’re also a great place to display plants, as the different levels allow shorter plants to still be visible even if placed behind other plants. I think we can all get ideas from these pictures we can use in our own gardens, because whether you garden on acres and acres or just have a small townhouse, you probably have a few steps you can put some pots on to create a little garden.
An abundance of succulent plants flank stairs in Minack Gardens in Cornwall, England. Succulents can be a great choice for containers on steps because, unlike a pot of petunias, they will keep looking great even if you don’t have time to water them regularly.
Here is another stairway in Minack Gardens, with succulent plants growing above, below, and tumbling down the wall. Just because a garden uses waterwise plants such as succulents doesn’t mean it can’t be lush, full, and beautiful.
A few simple steps lead to a front door in Antibes, France, framed by blooming bougainvillea. For those of us in cold climates where bougainvillea can’t be grown, clematis, roses, or even an annual vine like morning glory could create the same look.
Steps in Roussillon, France. OK, so most of us can’t recreate this look at home, but how incredibly beautiful is that?
Two steps in Kent, England, are decorated with beautiful tile work and framed by hedges and a climbing rose. This scene is perhaps not as dramatic as that last picture of steps in Roussillon, France, but what a warm welcome this would be to come home to every day.
Movable steps in Kent, England, help a gardener get the pruning done. Given how much time we spend working in the garden, it might be worth getting a beautiful ladder and wheelbarrow like these to accent the garden when in use.
Some steps with a view in Crail, Scotland
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