Garden Spaces: Plant a Front-Step Garden

A front-step garden makes for a pretty, green entry, adds gardening space and allows you to cater to difficult or tender plants.


| February/March 2007


• Design Plans: Grow These Herbs For Your Front-Step Garden 

Whether you’re a plant lover with limited space or one whose mature garden is full, you’re probably on the lookout for another spot to tuck a few more herbs. One convenient and often overlooked place is the area around the front steps (or whatever stairs you have that are wide enough to accommodate a grouping of containers). As long as it gets sufficient sunlight, a garden that steps up the stairs can add drama to an entryway, and it’s the perfect place to show off your topiary or other prize specimens.

Not just an afterthought of the garden proper, this container garden can be a useful adjunct to the landscape. You can use this space for plants that you don’t want to put in your beds, either because they might be too rambunctious there, or need some special care, or because you’re unsure of their ability to make it through the winter.

We’ve included many tender perennial favorites in this little garden, which is especially convenient during the changing of the seasons, when the weather is whimsical and unpredictable. Some of our most valued potted plants—such as the slow-growing bay laurel, rosemary shaped into fanciful topiary and the luscious lemon verbena—are all tender to frost, and can be pulled easily into the house or onto the porch for protection, if needed.

Become a Stair Master

The width of your stairs may determine your arrangement of pots, as you don’t want to clutter a stairway and have to walk carefully or knock against them as you pass. Even a regular-sized staircase often can accommodate an orderly line of single pots at the edge of each step. If the staircase is wide enough, line both sides of the steps with containers.

Staircase railings sometimes can handle a hanging basket or windowbox type container, adding to the green impression you get approaching the front door. If the stairway is covered, hang a basket in a place that is attractive but not in the way.





mother earth news fair 2018 schedule

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Next: April 28-29, 2018
Asheville, NC

Sit in on dozens of practical workshops from the leading authorities on natural health, organic gardening, real food and more!

LEARN MORE



Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.




Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265