A potful of plants is the quickest way to extend your garden onto a porch, patio, or deck. Small trees and shrubs in planters can accentuate an entryway or steps—or even conceal the recycling bins. And containers are an easy way to add color and greenery where there's simply no place to plant. "The trick," says This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook, "is finding the right combination of pots and plants to suit the situation."
Shown: Clustered along a stone wall and stairway, clay and stone pots in earthy grays and browns provide a backdrop for a variety of pink-flowering greenery.