I recently went to see a garden in the neighborhood where I lived when I first came to Madison. It was near Brittingham Bay and many of the earliest houses are quite small on small lots as they started life as cottages. I lived around the corner from this garden in the upper apartment of an old house that had been converted into two flats. It was where I first tried my handing at gardening.
This was one of my favorite ideas in the garden I visited. The gardener has a deck that comes off the back of the house and opens to a nice seating/eating area but it required a number of steps to get down to ground level in the garden. So she had long steps built around two sides of the deck as a way to not only walk down to the garden but also to stage and display all her plants in pots.
These pictures are poor quality even for my phone but it's such a good idea that I decided to share them for all of you who love your container gardens. It reminds me of Christopher Lloyd's pots and pots of flowers on display outside his front door but more informal.