Climb a Wall
Liven up a plain patio wall with a sun-seeking climber, like bougainvillea — the twining vertical vines balance the bushiness below. A simple stake in the dirt is all the trellis you’ll need.
Mix in Texture
To create contrast and visual vibrancy, situate curvaceous containers on stairs and fill with interestingly shaped plants, from scallop-leafed geraniums to spiky, serrated agave. Or, try combining vertical foliage with one that will spill over the sides to double up on varieties.