Landscape Design forum: help with ugly stairs!

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Jan 13, 2018 8:16 AM CST
Hi! Our row house has the worst stairs! They go up to the second floor, where the front door is, so there's a ton of them and it's a complete drop off on both sides. I've been racking my brain for how to make them look more inviting and not so formidable and the only thing I can come up with is some vines on either side on the railings. Not sure if that would compromise the concrete, though. Does anyone have any ideas for how I can make these work?

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Greece (Zone 10b)
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Jan 13, 2018 8:49 AM CST
Hello!I'd definitely plant two vines to climb, one on the basis of every railing and train them to whirl inside the railings. It should look lovely after some time. You can also put some potted plants on the edges of some of the steps. I love this also in stairs, one pot on the left and one exactly the same on the right side. You could also just put two big containers planted with a variety of striking plants on the base of the stairs, and just leave it to that. You could try some decorative grasses, I'm obsessed with those lately, lol.
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Jan 13, 2018 7:59 PM CST
What vines will work will depend on your zone but there are a lot of vines that won't hurt the concrete and that also flower. I would also do a couple pots and do trailing plants along the sides or the outside where no one will trip over them. For pots it always pays to do the thriller (tall and usually in the middle), filler, it fills in around the tall and the spiller which spills over the pot's edges.

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