What to do?
Do you live with a slope?
...flatten it out into levels?
We help you to decide...
If you have slopes in your garden, you might well be feeling a bit stuck for ideas...
Slopes can be a big worry when planning a garden - and will certainly take a little more thought and effort than for a normal 'flat' garden...
...but the results can be very unusual - and you will certainly be able to create a much more interesting garden
...then you're in the best place for deciding how to design and develop your garden.
If slopes are very steep or complicated, you might prefer to get a landscape architect in, who can advise you on this aspect of your garden design, and make sure the plans and the works are structurally safe and sound.
Planning a Garden with Sloping Garden Design Ideas
Depending on the situation in your own garden, some of these ideas could be a good solution...
You can try to level-out slight slopes by cutting away some of the soil at the higher point...
...and using it to fill-in the lower part...
Changes in Levels
You might prefer your garden with a change of level instead...
For Gardens Sloping Up Away from the House(Or sloping down towards the house!)
Try a patio on a higher part of the garden, away from the house:
Take professional advice on structure and as to drainage - as you don't want water running down the slope and collecting near the house!
For Gardens Sloping Down Away from the House(Or sloping up towards the house!)
Think about building out from the back of the house, perhaps with some high-level decking (take professional advice!)
The rest of the garden could be terraced with steps, and attractive planting.
You might get the advantage of great views if you have a garden like this!
Planning a Sloping Garden
How to design a garden with slopes will depend on:
You might need to think about:
The Slopey Option
You can still create a really stunning garden with working with what you've got.
Slopes, hills, lumps and bumps in the garden make for a very interesting and unusual landscape...
...and you might well want to work with this...
You can level out small (or larger) areas for patio and seating, and carve small planting pockets out of slopes, to put your plants, shrubs and trees...
Ground cover plants are a perfect solution for covering sloping areas...
Choose attractive foliage or flowers, and mix and match as you like to create attractive mounds of color and texture...
Using ground cover plants on any slope also helps retain the soil on the slope (where it should be! The roots help hold the soil together).
It's also a very sensible solution where the steepness of the slope makes mowing grass difficult or dangerous!
You can also enhance your hills and slopes and make a mountain out of your molehill.... by that I mean add some rocks, to create planting pockets and ledges, and create an attractive rockery garden...
Look out for alpine plants to fill your rockery garden - they are very well suited to this kind of rocky terrain!
Planning a garden with slopes will surely be a challenge, but changes of level certainly give any garden added interest, and add an extra aspect to your sloping garden design...
...so I'm sure the results will be worth the extra preparation and effort!
Certainly this will be the case when you transform an ugly and unusable slope into a practical and pretty garden, with space for seating, entertaining and planting!
Do make sure it's safe though - and take professional advice where structural work is needed.
Good luck with your sloping garden design ideas.
You might also find the page on hot and dry gardens useful for sunny slopes...
Don't forget to make any notes that may be useful for planning your own garden on your garden solutions checklist
More about Site Considerations as you Design a Garden, including more about how to use your checklist...
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