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Steep slopes are not always a bad thing....

  • Steep slopes are not always a bad thing....
  • Steep slopes are not always a bad thing....
  • Steep slopes are not always a bad thing....

Most of us groan and grumble about our sloping gardens, and the expense of putting in terracing and retaining walls, but it can have a surprising advantage: the picture above shows the view at eye height of one of “my” gardens, where the front lawn slopes down steeply toward the house.

At some point, someone put in a stout retaining wall to keep the soil back from the house, thus creating both a level pathway all around the cottage, and this level bed at breast-height.

This makes for easy weeding - no bending over here! Well, not from this side, at any rate - and in spring, we get a chance to see the low-growing flowers up close and personal.

This effect was achieved by starting with Lavendar, Sedum and Hellebores for height, and underplanting with crocus and snowdrops, with Primroses at the near edge. In summer, the standard “Samaritan” roses take centre stage, and all this lovely jumble of colour has disappeared completely.

Best of all, as the bed is at window height, on a blustery day like today, the owner can enjoy the view from safely inside the window!


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