Hillside terraced garden

vignewood(z6 CT)September 22, 2009

Hi, Have any of you created terraced hillside gardens? If so, what did you plant on your terraces? We are building a new home and I told the builder that I love to garden. He created terraces faced with stone for me on a slope beside my driveway. I love the look and I am thrilled. I am thinking of a rock garden with trailing plants cascading over the rocks but I have never done this before. My garden will face northeast. I'd love to hear about your successes and what you planted. Vignewood

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bill_ri_z6b(Zone 6B)

Some cascading plants will be nice, but what is the size of this area? Scale is really important for a nice look. How wide are the terraces? How high is each step? I have seen fairly large hillside gardens where the steps are large boulders and the setback to the next level is four or five feet, so even a small tree or two can look great along with other smaller plants. On the other hand smaller scale can make for a really nice rock garden with small plants, succulents, etc. We've all seen "Hens and Chicks" tucked in between rocks. A photo might help too.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2009 at 3:36AM
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My mountain property is all sloped, so I do a lot of mini terraces edged with native stone, so they are very naturalistic looking (not formal). I have butterfly bushes (Buddleia davidii), nandina, mahonia, and beautyberry(Callicarpa americana) as my shrubs. Althea (Rose of Sharon) can be shrub or small trees.

I have a couple of Don Juan roses, and groundcover - creeping jenny (Lysimachia nummularia), a small sedum genus unknown, vinca, and lamium.

I plug marigolds anywhere they will fit, mostly as a rabbit deterant. I have little hellebores under some of the altheas; not sure if they are going to thrive or not. I put a hosta out there this year for the first time, and it is a little straggly, but it bloomed, so it can't be too miserable.

Oh, and a couple of patches of irises, both bearded and Japaneese, and monarda to attract hummers. I put a couple of pots out with annuals.

I think that is all out there now.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2009 at 12:06PM
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