Spring may still be quite a few weeks away, but I sense it is on the steps-- especially these! And what a clever and charming way to dress up an otherwise strictly utilitarian area.
The steps pictured first are softened with Campanula, a creeping perennial that will quickly fill in bare spots and blooms in spring and summer. Recommended varieties are Campanula 'Muralis' and Campanula 'EK Toogood', both of which will grow in sun or shade. There are a number of Campanula varieties with various growth habits. Campanula 'Muralis' is reported to be a tidy grower even when flowering. I suspect the second photo could be a Campanula as well, but maybe someone who knows better can tell me for sure.
How are you passing the time between winter and spring, (or to my friends in the southern hemisphere), summer to fall?