Landscape retaining walls are walls that keep higher garden beds separate from the ground. They prevent dirt, sand, or other material from sliding down where it’s not wanted. Retaining walls are built with multiple materials, such as concrete and brick. However, as practical as these landscaping features are, they can also look stunning depending on how they are built and what materials you use to make them.
Read on if you’re looking for landscaping tips to jazz up your retaining walls.
Adding plants to your retaining walls is a great way to improve the overall look of your landscaping. Putting a garden bed on the top is one way, and another is to surround your landscaping retaining wall with an assortment of planter pots.
Either way, make sure you carefully choose the plants that you let grow here. Flowers soften stone or brickwork and create a fantasy or cottage-like effect. Desert plants complement a “Wild West” style outdoor decor.
If you want to make your landscape retaining wall more practical, consider attaching a bench to your retaining wall. Adding in a bench is helpful if your retaining wall is in or near an outdoor seating area.
Ensure the bench material matches or complements your retaining wall’s material. If these things clash, they’ll look unattractive.
Consider adding tiers to your retaining wall if you want a more complex landscape design. A retaining wall with multiple levels essentially looks like steps. Then, you can add garden beds, decks, and so on to the space above each tier.
Adding stairs to the sides or the middle of your retaining walls is another great idea. They both complicate the decor of your landscape and have the practicality of more leisurely movement through your garden.
Ensure that you don’t add too many of them, as they could make the retaining walls look too complicated.
Finally, retaining walls are also a great place to put lights. As with the plants, the types of lights you use should complement your landscape decor. For example, strings of fairy lights are only appropriate if you want a soft fantasy effect.
These are just some ways to incorporate landscape retaining walls into your yard. With enough experimentation, you’re sure to find some ways to make your retaining walls beautiful. However, if you need help, you can always utilize our services. We’ve created beautiful residential and commercial landscapes in the Kelowna area for over 20 years. We also offer 3D design technologies so you can see your dream landscape before it happens.
Contact us to chat more about your landscaping project.