Many times retaining walls are used for more than just aesthetics – imagine a sunny Italian retaining wall of stacked stone with scented Mediterranean herbs trailing delicately over the edge. Most of the time, your retaining wall is performing the thankless task of holding up the earth on a sloping yard to better control erosion. Sometimes the soil above your wall is damp or soggy, leaving your few options for growing plants and trees near it. In this case, your retaining wall does not have the luxury of reeking with old-world charm and decadence. However, you can still add a little bit of beauty and soften the wall's appearance by planting trees and other plants that love wet growing conditions. In fact, the roots of those plants help control erosion even further by keeping the soil in place.
Trees That Love Damp Conditions
While you don't want trees growing right up next to the retaining wall – the roots may eventually crack portions of the wall – you can plant them in the vicinity where the soil is perpetually damp. Here are 2 to consider:
Growing ornamental grasses directly behind your retaining wall helps soften its starkness. Here are some unique grasses to try:
By installing a few plants and trees that tolerate wet growing conditions, you can enhance the form of your retaining wall without encroaching on its function. For more information, contact companies like New Horizon Landscapes & Design.Share
10 May 2017
When my husband and I bought our house years ago, we thought it would be our "starter" home and we would move in a few years. We soon had two children, and we then decided against moving since we live in a great school district and we love our neighbors. However, I was growing very tired of the appearance of our home. We painted it a different color, and it still seemed like the "same old house" that we were tired of. We finally deciding that maybe good landscaping would "do the trick" and make our home more enjoyable to use again. We were right, and I now love our home! I now love spending time in our yard and just enjoying the scenery. I have such a passion for landscaping now I decided to create a blog about it. I plan to share many landscaping tips, so come back!