You would be hard-pressed to find a yard in Cincinnati that doesn't have some slope to it. Some yards are quite steep and others, like this one, have a gentle incline from the sidewalk. The slope of this yard, as well as the clients' desire for a landscape of distinction inspired by nature, guided me in the design of this stone wall.
For this landscape makeover I incorporated these generous, rough cut stones to create a curved planting wall. Rather than manufactured stones set like Lego bricks, the stones are arranged in a way that provides for ample planting areas.
One mistake I see when such walls are designed is the planting areas are too small for the plants that are incorporated into the design. Like a container that's too small for a potted plant, the same holds true for the planting areas within such a wall. The wall, surrounding landscape and plants to be added to the wall must be in proportion with each other for the design to succeed.
Unlike manufactures blocks, these gorgeous stones are attractive on their own. Their texture and color are positive additions to the landscape and look great, even in the winter when many plants are dormant. Whenever a design incorporates a materiel that adds winter interest to the landscape, it's a plus! ~~ Natalie