Use pots to mark the edges of stairs or walls
Photo: Copyright Karen Bussolini, 2008. All rights reserved.
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2. Use Pots to Mark The Edges of Stairs or Walls

An overscaled hypertufa bowl sits like a guardrail on this terrace, marking a turning place on the steps and the edge of the low wall. In the bowl, each plant plays a role: Spires of 'Elegant Feather,' a new annual eupatorium (A), give the composition surprising 7-foot height. Large-leaved Brazilian coleus (B) is the main filler, while orange and pink millionbells (Calibrachoa) (C) add color. Seen from below, the greenery in the pots softens this stony area and emphasizes the changes in elevation.

Or Try This: In a more modern yard, use a series of concrete or metal 
cube planters filled with bamboo or tall grasses. In a formal setting, fill a 
large metal urn with a shrub or a small tree, such as a Japanese maple.
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