5 Creative Ways to Plant Between the Lines

By Annie Thornton, Houzz

Plants grown in the gaps between pavers and other hardscape elements provide gardens of all sizes with more green space, breaking up paved areas while also enhancing drainage. They also create an opportunity to introduce surprising new design elements, including flowers, bold color, and even fragrance. Take a look at five inspiring gardens that use their hardscape seams to grow something special.


Carson Douglas Landscape Architecture, original photo on Houzz

When planting a walkway or outdoor steps, carefully consider plant choice and maintenance to avoid trips, falls, or other potential safety issues. Choose plants that are low-growing or be ready to trim plants when needed to keep the walkway clear. Keep paths that will be used at night well-lit.

1. Succulent steps. In Southern California, concrete steps lead visitors up to a secluded outdoor seating area and edible garden. An 8-foot-tall redwood and steel fence surrounds the garden, enhancing the feeling of privacy while also keeping grazing animals out.

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