10 Retaining Wall Ideas for an Interesting Sloped Garden

gabion retaining walls with steps in new garden
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Create a dynamic and functional garden space with these retaining wall ideas. Although most frequently seen in sloping landscapes to level out certain areas, retaining walls can be an eye-catching feature to create height and visual interest in flat gardens. 

In garden design, a retaining wall sits alongside a higher level of ground holding the soil on one side to create a lower floor level on the other. This can be ideal if you're building a patio, need a flat surface for children's games or require a spot for accessible gardening.  

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.