Years ago I saw a picture in a magazine.
Can't remember which housey type of magazine it was, but the feature was on gardens.
One beautiful garden used an old wooden stepladder in amongst a border as a means of displaying flowers in odd plain and painted terracotta pots.
It's something I have always fancied having in our garden as neither of us are natural gardeners, our garden is a bit of a mess and this idea seems to fit quite well into the general mish mash untidiness.
2 days ago a fellow Freecycler offered 'an old rickety ladder which isn't safe for using as a proper ladder'. I enquired about it and he said it was mine! I went and collected it this morning! S couldn't understand why I was so excited about it. Just need to buy some more plants and get busy!