Best Plants for a Slope
Terraces are the key
Tracy and her contractor husband, Victor, visited the inspiring hillside gardens of England's famed Chelsea Flower Show. "The terracing on the cliff overlook at Kiftsgate made me believe that we could do this in our backyard," Tracy says.
The couple carved five levels from their yard's heavy, clay-based soil and poured 12-foot concrete retaining walls to brace the tiers. About half of the height of each wall plunges below the surface of the hillside, anchoring it to the land.
To soften the look of the man-made walls and transition the garden into the surrounding woodland, Tracy incorporated free-flowing, organic design elements, such as curvy grass paths and tumbling phlox.
Pictured: Salvia, azaleas, miniature bearded irises and euonymus shroud retaining walls in Tracy's garden.