Step It Up -- Soften entry steps with containers of succulents. Group pots together to lead visitor's eyes up the staircase to the entry. Unify the collection by repeating a plant in each container. Echeveria fills that role here. Include some trailing types, such as burro's tail, which cascades down the edge of the step. A. Zebra haworthia (Haworthia fasciata) -- 1 B. Panda plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa) -- 1 C. Echeveria elegans -- 2 D. Burro's tail (Sedum morganianum) -- 1
Bowl Planters These rounded pots owe their smooth, elegant forms to a kitchen workhorse: the metal mixing bowl, in two sizes. Masonry stain added to the basic hypertufa formula imparts a cool blue hue. Mixed groupings of dwarf plants -- conifers, ground covers, and hostas -- fill the hemispheres.