I have had a stepladder in my front yard flower border for about 10 years. I bought it at a neighbor's garage sale, and it was older looking when I purchased it. After 10 summers in the garden, it is really weathered. I put it in the shed for the long, snowy winters here in Minnesota.
My husband screwed super long screws through the top and a couple other steps. I then put a terra cotta pot on the step with the screw in the pot's hole. This holds the pot on tight.
I do put Thompson's Water Seal on it every couple years, but my husband informed me that the rungs with the spikes are starting to rot.
I had a diamond frost and million bells in the pots last year and I guess I stuck in a couple nicotiana in the larger top pot too.
A previous year.
The ladder has provided vertical interest in my garden and has been a favorite of many of my neighbors and friends.
I hope you enjoyed it too!