There is no better way to create dimension and depth in your garden than with a retaining wall. They can be dull and appear like an intricate pile of rocks without proper landscaping. Add some excitement and interest to your retaining wall with verdant plants and lighting features. When considering greenery for your retaining wall, climate and sun exposure is always a consideration. The climate in this part of the world is characteristically cold in the winter and warm for 3 months during the year. When selecting plants that will thrive, we must consider that temps have been known to drop below 0 in January and February.
A Haven for Honey Bees, Butterflies and Humming Birds
Honey bees are on the verge of extinction in North America. Allow us to create a honey bee sanctuary using color plants that they love to frequent. Bees rarely sting humans, but if someone in your home is allergic, consider creating a mini butterfly reserve. Certain sub species of butterflies are also on the list for extinction and could use a boost to survive in this environment. Not to mention, it is absolutely beautiful to scan your property and see butterflied happily flittering about. Humming birds love sweet nectar. By installing plants that attract these curious creatures, you retaining wall becomes more than a structural feature.
Landscaping that Compliments the Architecture
We’d be happy to work with your contractor to create an outdoor landscape design that compliments the wall. At Belle Terre, we believe that landscaping should integrate well with its surroundings, instead of detracting from it with a “see me” aesthetic. If the retaining wall is rugged and has an unfinished appeal, we will select plants that work well with that look. If the wall is modern and constructed with wrought iron, might we suggest cascading succulents that add a contemporary allure. Our design team has the ability to work with many different types of retaining walls and patio for homes and commercial buildings.
When considering plants for your retaining wall, there are several different varieties to choose from. You might be surprised to discover that succulents and cacti do very well in Ottawa. Try not to limit yourself to what your neighbors have chosen. There is a world of plants available to you. Succulents are on trend in landscaping design. There is no reason why they can’t be incorporated into your garden. Cacti is native to Ontario and if protected during the coldest months, can thrive. Perennials like fern-leaf yarrow, silver sage and purple coneflower are beautiful for any retaining wall.
Stones Pebbles & Gravel
For households and businesses that desire a maintenance free landscape, think about aggregates. Stones help to filter pollutants from seeping into our waterways. They also require zero maintenance. Pebbles and gravel lend a contemporary appeal. If you’ve purchased a historical property and want to convey a modern look, a fresh coat of grey or black paint along with minimalist style landscaping can yield the design you’re after. Stones, pebbles and gravel complement retaining walls extremely well. We can combine aggregates with indigenous plants that will result in less yard work for you. Aggregates come in a variety of colors and sizes to supplement any home or business.