my new property has a very steep back garden with a 35ft long retaining
wall. Could anyone suggest how to make this wall a bit softer and
disguise it. I thought about willow screening with climbers, but any
inspiring ideas would be much appreciated.
I just put a climbing hydrangea near one of my fences.
I don't know yet how it will work out, but it's described
as what eventually becomes a rather large vine-like shrub
covered with hydrangea flowers for a good part of the year.
Personally, I prefer to start small and watch the plant
grow. I bought a small 2 ft bush. I expect it will take
another 2 years to get going.
There are so many plants you can put by a wall,
I think personal taste comes into it.
Think almost any vine, bushes, trees, ornamental grasses.
If possible, plant prostrate plants on the tops which will drape down
the wall and plant climbing plants at the base. Don't plant anything
that will become invasion so no ivy.
Here are some examples of prostrate plants which I think look really good:
Exactly so - that's the sort of information required to give relevant
Without that info there's likely to be one in 50 replies that might help -
if that many people care more than the OP does....
"Humans will have advanced a long, long, way when religious belief has a
It would be more informative to indicate an actual location such as a
city and offer a topographical description of your land. Often
indicating a growing zone is misleading as those maps don't accurately
take elevation into account. Where I live in the Catskills elevations
change drastically over very short distances, a mere 1/4 mile away the
elevation can be 500 ft higher, with winter temperatures 30º lower
than in the valleys... and if a location is on the north face of a
slope winter temperatures can easily be 30º lower than on a south
facing slope. As an example I have a creek that runs west to east, I
have both banks planted with bulbs, the south facing bank blooms three
weeks earlier than the north facing bank because the sun strikes and
warms the south facing bank. If I wanted to plant fig trees here I'd
plant them at the rear of my house as it faces south and is much
warmer than the front/north facing side... in fact even with six feet
of snow on the ground and the temperature well below 0º the snow on
south side melts the first day the sun appears while the front of the
house will have snow piled well into spring. In fact at the rear of
the house the grass is green and growing all winter, the deer keep it
well cropped. You might consider building a berm located so you can
plant fig trees along the base of its south facing side... the soil
will act as a heat sink and will warm the air even at night... even a
south facing masonry wall will substantially warm the area at its
base. Don't plant too near the wall as in summer the plants will
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