Landscaping sloping garden: the tips to know
It is not always easy to build a garden. This is especially true when the latter is sloping. There are many solutions but you will need creativity. Today we talk about slope garden and all the tips that will be useful for a spectacular result.
A sloping garden has many advantages: it puts your plants in value and benefits from a good light. However, some problems arise: accessibility not always top and the difficulty of maintenance. Before you do anything, start by measuring the slope of your garden and its percentage. From there, look how many steps you want to get in your green space.
For stairs, natural materials such as stones are perfect
Indeed, it is the degree of slope land that will guide you to different development options. If the slope is gentle (up to 15 degrees), then you will not need big jobs. It is advisable just to create embankments. Add retaining walls to stabilize the terrain. On the other hand, for a steeper slope, you will need professional advice for the terracing of the ground in an aesthetic way.
The idea is to break the slope to create perpendicular or slightly flattened bearings. In addition, there are many other ways to enjoy a garden that is not flat: winding paths, small terraces, garden furniture hidden in nooks ...
If your garden has a gentle slope, it is useless to embark on major projects
What to do with a sloping garden
Many see steep terrain as a disadvantage. Indeed, each drop gives the possibility to animate the decoration and to emphasize the flowers and the shrubs. Moreover, according to some gardeners, a sloping garden is more fertile than a flat garden thanks to the heat that stores better on sloping ground. The brightness for the plants is also better thanks to the slope.
The construction of a retaining wall is a solution to contain a slope
Terraces and landings
Terracing is the most effective way to grow a vegetable garden in a sloping garden. Depending on the degree of the slope, walls or retaining walls are made of different materials: logs, plessis, dry stones ...
The development of a sloped terrace garden involves the creation of terraces (small terraces that allow to create flat spaces). These earth reservoirs may consist of dry stones or reconstituted stone. If it is a low slope, you can opt for logs of wood for example, but choose a rotproof wood anyway.
Sloping garden landscaping
The creation of terraces requires the installation of a staircase that provides accessibility. It allows to move easily in the green space. Dig your stairs in an embankment using local materials, preferably natural ones.
The terraces must be arranged perpendicular to the slope. To build the first one, start at the top of the slope and divide the removed ground in height on the bottom of the ground of the future terrace. The retaining wall will be created at the foot of the first terrace. Continue this way down the slope. The terraces must therefore be flat and each landing must be separated by a wall.
Do not hesitate to play with plants of different shapes and sizes
Create different levels
Indeed, it is possible to develop a landscaped garden slope by means of different methods: wall or retaining wall, stairs, grassed landings, structuring terraces, rock gardens and embankments. In summary, the slope allows a lot of combinations.
Creating levels in a sloping garden can be done with different materials of support. For example, cut rock blocks are an alternative to natural stones of different shapes. Another suitable material are logs. Note that they must be sealed in concrete. The fences , called dominoes, have a longer life. Finally, a retaining wall can be in blocks or gabions.
Enjoy the development of several terraces to create nooks with different functions (rest area, lawn area, vegetable garden etc.).
Sloping garden layout: small grassed terraces
The plants to grow
In reality, all plants acclimatize to the sloping garden. This is due to the good sunshine on the slopes. The only concern is related to accessibility to all plants. It is advisable to plant resistant plants that require little maintenance. As for example the groundcovers and climbing plants (ivy, thyme or periwinkles) which will cover and give beautiful proportions to the slopes. Do not hesitate to accumulate plants to guarantee volume and a structured garden. It is certainly necessary to use shrubs or perennials . These plants are persistent and keep their leaves throughout the year. Ground cover plants and grasses with tracing roots will retain soil and water and thus stabilize sloping land.
A sloping garden is not easy to maintain
In the case that your garden presents an ascending slope and ends with a wall, it is well advised to ornament this one. Then transform this constraint into asset by arranging a plant wall and growing climbing plants or different turf. You can also have small trees why not.
It is best to have an automatic watering system installed
Print an identity for each of your terraces by giving them a different style
It is best that your plants do not require too much maintenance
Landscaping sloping garden: vegetable gardens arranged in different levels