Sloping Garden Design
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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.
Thing To Consider When Dealing With A Slope
- Seating area
- Focal points
- Consider fencing off if very steep
- Artificial grass on part of the 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
About The Plants
I try to keep my plants with some architectural interest and colour interest throughout the year. There are certain plants that I have found to be very reliable to work with over the years. This is knowledge that is built up over many years.
I try to minimise the colour palette with the plants I place in. a lot will depend on the light entering into the garden. Most small gardens can handle some mature plants fro structure and finish. I will also pick out plants and ideas to screen sheds etc.
Plants are grouped to make sure the composition looks full and balanced
In the plan you will make decisions on the following, you will see what works best for the space
Patio Area/ Material Choices
Low Walls In the Garden
Type of lighting required, if any
Lawn Turf Or Seed
Mature Plants And Trees
Sculptures, Water Features etc,
Plant mulch finish, pebble, slate bark or fine mulch
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