The stone selected for the wall is a nice chunky 4 inch wide cut and the grey color compliments the grey brick on the house very well, creating harmony.
So where does the contrast come in? Look to the left at the beautiful burgundy leafed tree. It may be a Japanese Maple or Purple leaf plum. This is the color we will add as the contrast in the front foundation landscape.
Retaining walls are only beautiful if installed correctly and softened by plants. Look at the harshness of the wall below without the use of plant material. It does not blend in with the home or surrounding landscape and is overpowering.
Denise and her husband are installing the retaining wall with a level, or just a really great eye.
To make mowing easier I suggest killing the grass within 1 foot of the stone retaining wall.
On ground level low growing plants will soften the wall from the bottom and create a lower maintenance wall. No weed eater will be needed. Try plants like creeping sedum, creeping phlox, creeping thyme or ajuga.
Below is a picture of Blue Sedum and Ajuga.
I love to see plants cascading over stone to soften the look. The homeowners can even remove a few middle stones in a random order and create plant pockets. Small plants can be inserted into these crevices to really look natural. Some plant suggestions are plumbago, candytuft and creeping jenny. This is candytuft in full bloom on a slope.
Voodoo Sedum has the burgundy foliage great for crevices too, pictured below in the strawberry jar.
To add more color try Thyme. This variety is striking.
Thyme can also cascade.
Creeping Jenny will do the same for retaining walls in part shade. Heuchera is directly behind angel statue.
Behind the wall in the planting bed try purple flowers of Iris, Salvia or Veronica.
Plumbago is another low plant will fall color of burgundy/red.
Some other plants with burgundy foliage to add into the plant bed are
- Burgundy Potato Vine
- Andorra Compacta Juniper
- Little Henry Itea
I would use minimal amounts of yellow blooms if you have a grey colored home. Yellow is not the best color to showcase your home.
Good luck with your stone retaining wall and plantings in New York!!
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