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Tammy Kirby-Werth
Tammy Kirby-Werth • 2 years ago

Slope ApproachSlope PREV 2/11 NEXT Slope Approach Pretty plants and trees make quick work of a steep incline. The design of a slope is as much about the approach as it is about the angle of the hill; here, a grass path sinuously curves around plantings to draw visitors toward the stairs. Retaining walls present a garden conundrum: How do you dress them up without them looking fussy? A series of simple metal trellis and flowering vines does the trick here.

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An English garden approach to landscaping a slope

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Setting the Scene Using elements of balance and proportion is key to create the classical style of this slope. Even small hills offer the chance to include interesting garden elements. At the top of this slope, a retaining wall divides steps from a seating area behind it. Focal points in the form of garden ornaments provide the eye a place to rest.

Retaining wall herb garden on a steep slope next to a stair case. We need something like this. Super easy!

Tilt Solution Plants edging a path work wonders to offer views and tame a side yard. Add a path or two along planting beds on your slope; it'll help make garden maintenance easier. Gravel and flagstones form a path that hugs the bottom of the hill. Repeated groupings of shade-loving plants flank the sides of the walkway, creating a sense of intimacy.

Garden flowers spill ~ perfect idea for a slightly sloped spot!