The topography of a garden

The topography of your garden is so important to consider when thinking about making changes to your garden, one pointer is to take note of how water drains in your landscape. The best landscape design will promote water movement away from your home towards other areas of your garden.

Many, many years ago, it was proven that the world was not flat. The same can be said for our gardens. Some of our neighbours have been blessed with flat gardens, lush grass and probably have great views of the sunrise too. And then, some of our gardens are left with slopes, hills and ditches. If this is the case for your own garden, hope is not gone for a beautiful outdoor living space; the trick is to use this natural topography to your advantage!

Just because your garden is less than level, doesn’t mean you have to bring in lots of machinery in to dig it out to get your desired landscape design. Truth is, most plants are just as happy to grow on a slope as growing in a flat garden bed. Implementing groundcover plants will stabilise the soil and create a stronghold to keep the soil intact.

Natural slopes can be used to create wonderful water features – bubbling streams and cascades.

The physical separation caused by retaining walls means you can do different things with different parts of the garden.

A sloping garden automatically creates an interesting perspective. Whether it rises from the ground in front of you or drops away towards the furthest boundary it adds drama and movement to your garden that those with flat terrain quite envy.