Make a Dynamic Statement With Multilevel Gardening

Sloping sites can create beautiful spaces full of movement and drama. Working a plan around the site's natural slope allows for a more organic effect, while terraces offer structure and shape for formal and contemporary designs.

Excerpted from Garden Design
Steep Terrace Landscaped with Wooden Beams Garden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Steep Terrace

Terracing makes a dynamic statement, and can be used to extend the architecture of buildings into a sloping landscape. Retaining walls and steps are solid, permanent additions and a long-term investment. Measuring and building them are skilled jobs at both the design and construction stages. Wooden decking is a cheaper solution; materials are lighter, but not as long-lasting.

Here, tiered wooden beams behind a low wall provide perfect conditions for sun-loving plants. Note the spout holes in the brick wall; it's important to plan for drainage when working with sloping sites.

Excerpted from Garden Design

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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