Hillside Landscaping: How to Effectively Terrace a Slope with Retaining Walls

 Slope Landscaping with natural fieldstone retaining walls and groundcover plantings. 

Slope Landscaping with natural fieldstone retaining walls and groundcover plantings. 

Landscaping on a steep slope can be one of the most challenging aspects of residential landscape design. Depending on where you live in the Hudson Valley region, hillside landscaping ideas can certainly come in handy. 

A common solution to taming a steep hillside is to create a series of tiered retaining walls. The ones above—a home located in Orange County, NY—shows how the Landworx team used natural fieldstone to create an inviting front entrance. Each wall is set back off the lower one for stability and engineering reasons with an added benefit of creating beautiful planting beds to break up the hardness of the stone walls. 

With a wonderful mix of ground cover plantings, hostas, and small flowering trees and shrubs, this welcoming along the driveway is popping with color and curb appeal.

The tiered retaining walls are a graceful and timeless solution to landscaping on a steep slope while luring the visitors' eye up the meandering entrance to the front walkway.  

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