How To Landscape Above A Retaining Wall?


Add plants that spread over the top edge of the wall, such as ivy or Million bells (Calibrachoa) with its showy, colorful blooms. Let the plants grow over the wall and spill down slightly, to visually break up the straight line of the wall and add some interest. 3 Situate vegetation in rows in the plant bed at the top of the retaining wall.

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What can you plant on top of a retaining wall?

Great Plants for Retaining Walls

  • Luscious™ Citrus Blend™ Lantana.
  • Artemisia.
  • Cheddar Pink (Dianthus gratianopolitanus)
  • Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia)
  • Ground morning glory (Convolvulus sabatius)
  • Thyme (Thymus)
  • Dolce® Key Lime Pie Heuchera.
  • Diamond Frost® Euphorbia.

How can I make my retaining wall look better?

A brightly colored flower bed will distract from the wall itself, so it's a good way to freshen up the look of your landscape without having to replace your existing retaining wall. Trailing plants would also be useful to use as they will cascade down over the wall, creating a romantic look.

Can you build above a retaining wall?

4 Answers from MyBuilder Extension Builders By increasing the height of the wall above the retained soil, could add more lateral force with wind etc. You will also have the issue of damp penetrating's the wall. You will need a structural engineer to check and calculate what you have there and advise.

What can I plant on a stone wall?

Below are some excellent plants for gardening in stone walls:

  1. Alyssum.
  2. Artemisia.
  3. Campanula.
  4. Candytuft.
  5. Chamomile.
  6. Columbine.
  7. Corydalis.
  8. Creeping jenny.

What should the height of a retaining wall be?

You can read more about the heights of retaining walls. Be sure to leave an adequate amount of room next to landscape retaining walls if you are planting at the bottom (or top) of the wall. The absolute minimum depth I use is 18". This would be for terraced areas or planting beds along a patio wall.

What should I do with my retaining wall?

Add landscaping behind retaining walls to add appeal to the area. Retaining walls hold back soil along slopes with tiers or at the base of a hill, where dirt is cut away, such as for a driveway or a level building surface. To make the area more appealing, landscape around the wall, both above and below, if possible.

What to plant on top of retaining wall?

A child or adult can fall over the wall. To eliminate the need for fencing at the top of a taller wall, create a planting bed at a minimum of 3 to 4 feet wide. Use fairly tall and wide evergreen shrubs, such as Blue Holly, Rhododendron, Boxwood, Cherry Laurel, or the larger varieties of Japanese Holly.

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