stone garden steps surrounded by foliage
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6. Float Steps on Foliage

Make steps "float" by hiding their risers behind a thick carpet of foliage. Try English ivy or the similar Boston ivy; its clinging tendrils make it easy to train and keep trimmed to prevent tripping, and its green leaves turn a rich reddish-purple in the fall.

About $10 per plant; brighterblooms.com
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