Hillside Landscaping Tips

A terraced garden in Atlanta provides ideas for gardening on a hillside and with shady conditions.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ben Rollins

Steep and Shady

What some homeowners would see as deficits: a sloped and shady backyard, Atlanta homeowners Tom Fulkerson and Robert Dick have turned into assets, creating a tranquil, restful escape from busy city life. Their Atlanta garden is a blend of tradition and quirkiness with a glade of 'Knock Out' roses and a butterfly bush balanced with charming details like a koi pond and a terra-cotta figure nicknamed Zeus surveying the garden from his perch on a brick wall.

An Outdoor Room

At the base of the hill gardener Tom Fulkerson has created a downy carpet of pine straw that he uses to amend the soil and create the sensation of an outdoor room.

Gardener in Residence

Homeowner Tom Fulkerson tends his backyard garden. Growing up in Kentucky, he picked up much of his garden wisdom from an elderly neighbor.

The Southern Art of Porch Sitting

Homeowners Tom and Robert enjoy some downtime on the front porch of their 1923 brick bungalow one of the hundreds of homes with a National Registrar of Historic Places designation in this cozy Atlanta neighborhood.

Back Deck Drama

Clematis covers the lattice rail on a deck outfitted with a clay stove to allow for socializing outside even on chilly winter nights. Night blooming cereus holds court in a large clay pot in the background.

Awesome Azalea

Azaleas are a commonplace feature in Southern gardens and do well in partially shaded sites. This 'Higasa' azalea boasts a delicate pink color.

Room With a View

A terraced backyard is accented by a koi pond and groves of azaleas.

Special Delivery

A cast iron mailbox adds some vintage character to this historic home.

Koi Pond

The soothing sound of water adds ambiance to this garden space. The koi pond sits at the top of the hillside near the deck to create a pleasing visual and aural element visible to the homeowners and guests.

Zeus Is in the House

A charming terra-cotta figure keeps watch over the garden.

Curb Appeal

Enormous ferns flank the front porch of this 1923 brick bungalow. Evergreens, a rosemary bush and manicured hedges guarantee some element of the garden stays green year-round.

Welcome Wagon

Add a dose of green and present a happy front door welcome to guests. A mother-in-law's tongue plant in a colorful frog planter adds a touch of whimsy and garden love to the front entrance.

Fern Accent

Billowy ferns hung from the underside of the deck frame this view of the koi pond and pretty-up the often neglected space beneath a deck.

Fly By

A dragonfly paver adds a touch of whimsy to a garden path.

Lattice Leaves

This lattice deck railing provides a wonderful support for clematis. In addition to giving a lush look to the deck, the clematis provides privacy.

Water Barrel

A wooden water barrel makes a great planter and front yard accent.

Dog Park

The homeowners' Boston terrier Sapphire has plenty of fenced-in areas to roam in this beautiful backyard garden.

Bird Rest Stop

What would a woodland garden be without wildlife? Welcome birds to your garden with feeders and a water source.

Potted Posies

Terra-cotta pots of begonias ornamenting the garden path break up space and provide floral accents and color amidst the green.

A Garden Surprise

A gazing ball tucked into a corner of the garden provides a simple but eye-catching element of surprise and visual interest in the garden.

Old Souls

Large azalea and snowball bushes provide springtime color in the garden and add to the woodsy ambiance.

Floral Passage

A stone path helps define the hillside and gives a sense of taking an amble through the woods.

Pots of Color

Added potted plants and flowers to a garden is a great way to break up space and try out a new color or texture without the commitment of planting in the ground.