Steep Slopes

Retailing Wall

Retailing Wall

Plectranthus ecklonii cover a retaining wall that forms the lower terrace. Featured in the article, At the Edge

Securing a steep slope

Securing a steep slope

Shore up sloping ground with gum pole walls

Holding a Steep bank

Holding a Steep bank

A waist-high stone wall reduces the length of the slope. Use feature plants at the edges as an anchor, and secure the soil with strong-rooted succulent groundcovers.

Curved paths

Curved paths

to cope with the downward gradient.

Wild Grass Bank

Wild Grass Bank

A mix of wild grasses, mainly Aristida junciformis, create a beautiful no-mow bank.

A Long, Steep Bank of Vygies

A Long, Steep Bank of Vygies

A Long, Steep Bank of Vygies

Wild Grass Bank

Wild Grass Bank

Restios (Juncus), wild grasses, rocks, and aloes secure this bank alongside a water feature.

Build a rockery into the slope

Build a rockery into the slope

Sleeper wall to hold back the bank

Sleeper wall to hold back the bank

Old sleepers form an attractive and natural-looking barrier between the soil and gravel floor.

Break up a slope

Break up a slope

Access paths help to break up a slope and create small planting pockets. Secure with gum poles, rocks, and log rolls.

Steep Slope groundcovers

Steep Slope groundcovers

Plectranthus verticillatus effectively secures the soil on a steeply sloping ground.

Hot, Rocky Slope

Hot, Rocky Slope

Succulents are very effective on hot, stoney slopes.

Build the slope with rocks and plant

Build the slope with rocks and plant

Build secure rock wall into the slope, plant deep-rooting plants that will shore up the bank, and prevent erosion by covering the ground with a diversity of groundcovers.

Stony Succulent Bank

Stony Succulent Bank

A diversity of aloes and other succulents grow on platform layers down the slope

Rock walls and Steep Slopes

Rock walls and Steep Slopes

A natural rock wall breaks up the slope into managable platforms on which you can plant.

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Terrace a steep slope

Terrace a steep slope

Cut pathways that criss-cross a steep slope to create planting terraces and provide garden access. Keen to read more? Read our Feature Garden article, At the Edge.

A shaded slope

A shaded slope

Plectranthus verticillatus and P. ciliatus cover a shaded slope. A few low retaining walls and pathways break up the slope into manageable sections.

Steep Slopes in Industrial areas

Steep Slopes in Industrial areas

Helichrysum and gazanias spread out across a man-made bank. Edging an urban petrol station the area is exposed and maintenance is non-existant yet these species will thrive here.

Wide treads for steep slopes

Wide treads for steep slopes

Make steep steps easy to negotiate with a wide treads.

Steep Slope Steps

Steep Slope Steps

Build steps that curve into the bank to reduce steepness. Wide treads provide resting opportunities.