Don't see an elevation change as an impediment or unfortunate circumstance, but as an opportunity. A garden with levels adds more interest, and is more naturalistic without the cost of hauling in materials to create elevation variety.
Blanket a slope or add year-round greenery to an entry garden with a planting of dwarf Japanese garden juniper. Deer resistant and shade tolerant, this ground-hugging evergreen boasts an easy growing personality. Hardy in Zones 5-9. Botanical name: Juniperus procumbens ‘Nana’
Vegetables, herbs and greens are grown around the deck of a San Francisco garden that slopes 8 feet from the back door and is bordered by apartments. St. John Landscapes used succulents, variegated plants, Burgundy cordyline, evergreen vines that contrast with the ground cover border and evergreen grasses, for the APLD award-winning project.
The grounds of this Santa Barbara home were badly burned in the Tea Fire and needed to be redesigned. The new gardens incorporate outdoor living areas with walkways and colorful plants; the plan also reduced water usage and made the property's slopes more stable.
This colonial home was cut into an east facing slope, with it’s rear garden protected from the elevated topography to the west. This pleasant place surrounded by hillside was left unrealized with its woodland edge wild and untamed, linear shrubbery foundation plantings and views out of prominent windows with nothing to gaze upon but the ubiquitous suburban lawn.
A curving staircase built into a hillside leads to an outdoor terrace where you can relax on a wicker chaise lounge, protected by the shade of a sun umbrella. A garden of perennial herbs, flowers and grasses is built into the slope alongside the steps.
What was once a slippery clay slope became a wonderful edible garden with the addition of terraced raised beds, steps and gravel treads. The gardens are only 4 feet wide, so they're easy to access from all sides.
A big birch tree shades this backyard in the afternoon. The yard slopes down significantly as it reaches lake's edge, so a rock garden with larger and then smaller boulders makes that transition feel more natural.
This backyard has a steep slope, but designers turned that into an advantage by planting a terraced garden that includes a stream. A flat patio, outdoor kitchen and gazebo provide stable spots for entertaining and enjoying the new view.