Buffalo Garden DIY garden art

Steps and stairs in gardens

Stuck with stodgy stairs?

Stuck with stodgy, stale stairs? There’s many ways to integrate them into your garden – or make them a stand-out centerpiece – like in the lead photo.

My favoritest stairs of all time. The back of each step has a planted channel where the owners grow strawberries. Found in Arlan & Dom’s Norwood Avenue garden in Buffalo.

If you’re building them from scratch, that’s one design challenge. If you have established steps or stairs – doctoring them up with paint and art is the way to go.

Buffalo is pretty flat, not many levels to gardens around here – a step here and a step there.We do have front porches though – and with all the grassless front yard gardens around here, stairs are a design consideration when it comes to the gardens.

My own front steps are boring concrete. When I win the lottery, I’ll be building a new porch. I’m pretty sure the concrete, wrought iron railing, and fake brick panels are not original to the 1897 house.

Here are some cool steps and stairs I’ve collected over the years…



I have a long-time garden blog, a popular garden on America's largest garden tour, and have co-written a book on garden design titled, "Buffalo-Style Gardens: Create a Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Private Garden with Eye-Catching Designs" When I'm not doing all that, I am an advertising designer always out looking to design things to promote your business. Look me up at #jcharlier.

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