Landscaping a hill could be a hobby for some and a profession for others. Elevation landscape experts spend hours to ensure that their landscape is the best in the neighborhood. Landscaping adds visual beauty to one’s garden and also makes these steep elevations easy to explore. Living on top of, or near, a hill means access to a naturally picturesque landscape. However, landscaping such a place could, at times, be very challenging.
Few Suggestions for Landscaping a Hill
The first thing a landscape architect needs to consider is the steepness and angles of elevation of the hill from various points of the base. He has to develop the idea for landscaping the hill based on the incline of the hill. Landscaping ideas for a gentle incline and a steep slope would be entirely different.
The type of soil of the hill and the possibilities of erosion need to be taken into serious consideration. Erosion can destroy the garden of the hill landscape. If the hill has a steep incline, there is always a strong possibility of landslides. This point has to be considered before designing a landscape garden for a hill. If you are landscaping a steep hill, it would be a good idea to plant trees that develop deep root networks. This would prevent erosion and landslides and, at the same time, help to maintain groundwater levels. This idea will help to make the soil stable and also provide shade. Instead of trees, shrubs that have a good root network-system that would help in preventing erosion can also be planted.
A Beautiful Garden
It would be a good landscaping idea to convert a gently inclining hill into a beautiful garden that has colorful flowering plants. Another idea is to cut the gentle slope into terraces to convert it into a terrace garden. The soft undulations of a gently slanting incline can be accentuated by planting flowering plants that blossom into different shades of the same color.
For instance, light bluish flowers can be planted from the base of the slope till a few meters up, followed by another few meters of a darker hue of the same shade and so on in such a way that the topmost part of the elevation is planted with the darkest hue of the same shade of flowers. It would give such an elevation a fading-down effect. You can reverse the color scheme such that you achieve a fading-up effect, if you know what I mean!
While implementing ideas for landscaping a hill, make sure to install a retaining wall and a few steps on the hill. A retaining wall would prevent landslides and also ensures that the soil is not eroded. The plants growing on a landscaped hill have to be watered regularly as the incline does not allow accumulation of water at the roots.
Steps on the Hill
Carving out steps on a hill helps to deal not only with erosion but also gives a unique beauty to the hill landscape. Besides, steps also allow you to explore the elevation and take a walk among those beautiful flowers and garden decor that you took so much pains to arrange thereon.
One idea is to create a rock garden. A rock garden could be constructed to hold the shape of a hill. A rock garden would help redirect water coming down the slopes of the hill landscape to a sump that can be recycled later or to irrigate the vegetation on level ground at the foot of the hill. Besides, the waterfall effect during rainy weather would make your landscaped rock terrace a visual treat!
Landscaping designs exhibit the creative and imaginative ability and skills of a professional. A landscape architect has to strike a balance between the appearance of the garden and its functionality. It is the responsibility of a landscape architect to ensure the prevention of landslides and soil erosion.