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A Gentle Approach to Planting on a Slope

Well-placed plants and hardscaping give terracing a more naturalistic look

Fine Gardening – Issue 175

When creating a new garden design, I first analyze existing elements, deciding what works, what doesn’t, and why. Architectural and hardscaping elements are a good place to begin.

When my clients asked me to redesign their back garden, we started by looking at the house itself and how it sat on its narrow, sloping lot. We agreed that from the back, the massing of the house felt out of balance. The left side looked very heavy, with a large second-story deck and awkward wooden staircase. The right side of the house was a single story, with only a few leggy rhododendrons to anchor it visually in the steep lawn. I knew that hardscaping and plantings could be used to create a more balanced look. Here’s how we did it.

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