Retaining walls are often perceived as uninspiring or an eyesore. But a little landscaping can go a long way to improving the aesthetic appeal and/or blend a retaining wall in to the surroundings…
Blending existing retaining walls into your landscaping
Many of us have existing retaining walls which need camouflaging into our gardens. They may have been built with only functionality in mind. Or perhaps using materials which clash with the cladding of our home. Whatever state your existing walls are in, careful planning and landscaping can seamlessly blend them into your garden.
- Use your wall to hang garden art upon
- Turn it into a feature wall by painting it a contrasting colour, then incorporating that colour into your garden with suitable flowers or shrubs
- If you have a crib wall, you can plant hanging and spreading plants along the wall
- Paint a weak yogurt solution along plaster or brick work to encourage moss and lichen growth over your wall
- Screen unsightly walls with shrubs or trees – bamboo is a particularly useful and fast growing option
Integrating new retaining wall aesthetics with your landscaping
Retaining walls are built using a wide range of materials and different techniques. Depending on how large your wall is to be, you may not have a lot of options over the materials used during construction. If you do though, ask your landscaper for their ideas about which materials they believe would work well in your existing garden.
If your buildings are brick, it makes sense for any walls within close proximity to also contain bricks. This gives a seamless flow to the landscaping of your garden, with no sharp contrasts to detract your eye. Larger walls are often made with concrete or timber. Ask your landscaper for their suggestions about planting trees to screen it or installing gardens in front of it.
For instance, a block or concrete wall will radiate heat back from it directly to the area in front. This suits plants which require extra warmth and shelter, as well as encouraging faster plant growth.
A waterfall or pond is also another way of successfully including a retaining wall into your landscaping. This is easier to do when the wall is being constructed, through with strategic plantings it can also be achieved for existing walls. You could have seating installed within the retaining wall itself if your outdoor space is limited to improve your retaining wall aesthetics. Or how about having a pizza oven within the wall, rather than as separate outdoor appliance?
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