A sloping garden can be very hard to plan and design - but clever hard landscaping can create useful areas and attractive planting. Here's how.
When you have a sloping garden, your biggest challenge won't be to choose a suitable theme or even identify the best plants for it - it will be to make it usable.
Invest In Good Hard Landscaping
Inevitably, the only solution is to get a good hard landscaping company in to re-shape it. This precipitous garden (above) has been deftly divided into a series of mini rooms, created by forming the garden into three level areas by means of terraces.
Each terrace is wide enough to be useful - whether in terms of having the space for a seating area just outside the back door, or a dining area that catches the late afternoon sun at the top end, or to provide room for planting. Each terrace also has its own distinct aesthetic flavour, while the strong architectural planting, in the form of clipped box, keeps it looking neat and echoes the strong lines of the garden's design.
To find out which elements you'll need to include to make this garden successful, go to the next page.
Taken from the book Landscape Man: Making A Garden by Matthew Wilson, published by Quadrille, £20
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