Hardscapes such as retaining walls
can be made with concrete
stone blocks or a variety of field stone to create either a
natural or a formal look. When done correctly, the new wall
will blend in with
the terrain rather than compete against it.
Any hill, slope or dip is an invitation for such a
landscaping technique. Retaining Walls can help soften a slope
or turn a steep hill into a manageable terrace.
Additionally, it will make
a boring, flat area more three-dimensional while adding
height and depth for plantings. They invoke a timelessness
to the surrounding area and provide a backdrop for
highlighting the colors and textures of landscape flora.
Planted with trailing plants to cascade over the hardscape
and shrubs that flower in spring and turn golden in the
fall, hardscapes compliment any home or business while
giving a sense of permanence in the community.
Following are examples of other hardscape possibilities:
- Adding a set of stairs to a retaining wall in a material such as New York
Blue Stone will create a two-story outdoor "room".
- Brick paver walkways direct pedestrian traffic with more grace and style
than the traditional cement sidewalk. Materials range in variety and types and
can be set in a wide array of patterns.
- Natural stone walkways (i.e. slate, flagstone) provide a much more natural
look yet serve the same purpose as the more formal paver walkways.
- Arbors, trellises, invitational seating, stone croppings and concrete planters
add personality to a landscape while presenting additional focal points for the eye.
- Pre-formed blocks which can be used to create naturally curving retaining walls to naturally
break up an unmanageable slope and present a backdrop for beds planted at its base.