A great landscape wall design creates atmosphere, invites exploration, and gives a sense of permanence to a property. Walls can also support, define, and shape a property. They are often vital components of a design that seeks to be both visually pleasing while serving the home-owners needs. That is, these structures may help facilitate a wide range of activities in an outdoor living space, including relaxing, entertaining, and working. In addition, the juxtaposition of these man-made barriers and plants gives sculptural dimension to a property.
Garden walls may be constructed to enclose an entire yard or a particular area within a property. Thus, these structures can create outdoor rooms where the ceiling is the sky and the entire appearance of the living space is subject to the continual ebb and flow of the seasons. A garden wall may also provide privacy, create shelter from wind and noise, and serve to keep people and animals in or out of a yard. Depending on the property, such a structure may also be shelter for delicate plants by giving beneficial shade or producing sun-traps. Living walls may also be created to form natural and tactile divisions within a yard. Well designed walls may even connect home and garden by smoothly bridging the gulf between indoor and outdoor living spaces, creating a natural flow from inside to out.
Retaining walls are structures that resist lateral soil pressure when a grading change surpasses the angle of repose. The pressure on these structures can be tremendous depending on the height and grade of the slope. Whether you choose a retaining wall built from wood, dry stacked stone, concrete, or a gabion wall, the structure must be visually appealing as well as functional. That is, the form and function must be married in the landscape wall design in such a way that they serve the homeowners personal style and needs.