Plants Add Color and Texture to Your Retaining Wall

Functional and often quite focal, retaining walls can make or break a lawn or garden effect.  Structured to maintain great force and weight as soil presses against it, a retaining wall must be durable, strong, and well made, but it can also be beautiful.  Adding color and texture to your retaining wall is very simple if you follow a few key rules.

1.   Know your climate and your grow zone.
Trying to keep alive plants that have not adapted to your climate is time consuming and rarely worth the effort, especially when they will be placed outdoors. Considering the layout, light access, and soil composition of your setting is crucial to cultivating a garden that thrives, even when the garden will be largely place in, on, or around a retaining wall.  Becoming aware of the natural elements of your setting will help you to make excellent plant selections.
2.   Layer textures, colors, and heights.
Many find that blending colors, combining various heights, and adding unexpected textures helps to individualize their garden and create an inviting feast for the senses.
3.   Avoid uniformity, but focus on aesthetic design.
Uniformity might seem the easier mode for quick, easy beautification, but considering the design as a whole, effects and all, will help to create a scene you will enjoy for years to come.
More than functional, retaining walls represent an opportunity to layer beauty. For more information on retaining walls in San Jose, please visit this website.

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