SLOPED GARDENS
Design view of a Sloped Garden Design view of a Sloped Garden
Sloped garden spaces can provide you with opportunities that can be very visual when completed if you are not afraid of doing the hard work of grading and levelling as per your budget.

A sloped garden can open up great possibilities, I once spent two months removing a hill so it’s not hard to create a slope but dealing with it needs to be thought out, some slopes require terracing by raised beds. This can be built in blocks, sloped soil and planting, retaining walls or just sloped grass slopes with intermediate planting.

You can create beautiful features around a sloped area. I have yet to see many slopes well planted 3 years after being planted. It a real dilemma to get plants to establish properly, even with the best intentions of a landscaper.

The rule of thumb for me is to use plants that have excelled in nature as colonisers, also less is more you could use block planting and ensure that these block of plants are nursed to maturity.
Things to consider when dealing with a slope
  • Seating area
  • Focal points
  • Consider fencing off if very steep
  • Artificial grass on part of slope
  • Pebble is good but slate doesn’t move as much
  • Floating walls staggered down the slope
  • Block planting with a low maintenance effect
  • Terracing steps
  • Focal point trees plants or features
  • boulders and stone wall for terracing
  • deking walls sleepers retainers
  • Small stone wall in short bursts to highlight slope
  • Lighting focal points important
  • Mounds of earth sculpted in to the landscape
  • Think carefully on step and position of steps
  • Drainage is a big issue don’t ignore it
  • Think safety in terms of children running etc
  • Native planting plans for country gardens
  • Budgets decide how much energy you can do with a slope
  • Think natural, think native where possible when in the countryside
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Think natural, think native
“Sloped garden spaces can provide you with opportunities”
This design needed the slope to be integrated back in to the house, steps with Scottish pebble were used to lead your eye up the slope.
This design brief was to create a natural flow and integration from patio to lawn area.
Sloped Garden challenge
This design brief required 40 ton of soil to be removed so that the kitchen which was 4met down could be integrated in to the garden. Sometimes it requires a huge effort to get the desired results.
This finish effect is light and airy and the upper space, accommodates storage feature and seating space .the kitchen area now is light and airy. A shiplap finish was considered in facing off the lower space, while the upper area is blocked plastered.
This finish effect is to allow drainage and get a feeling of texture, space and, give a lift to rear wall by creating a feature wall. A mimosa tree was used to give it architectural finish.
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Sean Keighran
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