A collection of backyard retaining wall ideas and terraced gardens. All kinds including wood, rock, stone, brick, gabion, concrete, low, garden and more.
Welcome to our photo gallery featuring a selection of the most luxurious and beautiful terrace gardens with retaining walls.
Terrace gardens date back to ancient times, and are still a beautiful but rarely seen luxury in modern times.
Contemporary terrace gardens and retaining walls tend to be much smaller and modest in most residential landscaping designs, and while some are works of masonry, others are simply stacked stones or concrete steps. We set out the 10 retaining wall materials here.
The majority of the terraces and retaining walls you’ll see in this collection can be found in nearly any suburban neighborhood. Many contemporary terrace gardens are also in urban areas, and use extensive container gardening to create these small gardens in the lack of a traditional planting bed.
The above terrace is an expansive garden with a small pond, waterfall, and small evergreen bushes lining the larger terraces.
We hope you’ll enjoy this unique collection and find inspiration for your own garden!
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Wood retaining wall ideas
Gorgeous wood brick retaining walls with a stacked concept accented by lovely green plants. Its layered design with a cohesive look makes it pleasing to the eyes.
A wood retaining wall that’s topped with charming ornamental plants which make a good accent as well.
An expansive soil ground is lined with a wood paneled retaining wall that goes on a higher level as you got closer.
A paneled retaining wall on a courtyard wrapping the lush green yard that’s filled with abundant plants and trees.
Stone and rock retaining wall ideas
Thin slate stones stacked create a natural-looking, simple barrier between the landscaping and the grass.
A more country, rustic retaining wall by the side of a paved pathway, creating a terrace up the large hillside. Moss grows on the old stones, marking this wall as well aged.
A hand-laid retaining wall made out of natural stone. Two terraces are filled with low maintenance landscaping. The terraces smooth out angle between the much higher house and the lawn.
A series of layered stone terraces between the highest and lowest levels of a split-level home. A ramp is overhead. Source: Zillow DigsTM
A new garden with several garden tiers and new growth. The stone retaining walls will keep the arrangements separate.
A residential terrace garden along a winding stone path along the side of the home.
A look at the above terrace garden and path from the rear of the home.
Stone retaining walls running beside a packed dirt road.
A series of retaining walls surrounding a waterfall that runs into a small creek down the hill.
Unique rock retaining wall by the sidewalk composed of various shapes and sizes creating an interesting look. It is topped with evergreen plants which give life to the wall.
Layered stone brick retaining walls on a green lush slope accented by lovely ornamental plants and accompanied with a green chair by the third level.
Sophisticated stone retaining wall with serene pine trees on the backdrop along with a stone pathway and matching steps in the middle leading out to a concrete bench.
This stone retaining wall is fitted with a concrete staircase that leads to a flagstone flooring topped with rustic chairs.
Natural stone retaining walls surround the majestic garden filled with lovely blossoming plants that crawl throughout.
This home features stone retaining walls that form as planters on a stacked layout. Captivating flowers add character to the area.
Cobblestone / Brick retaining wall ideas
A contemporary home with terraced landscaping on either side of the stone stairs that lead up to the front door. The light colored stones are stacked neatly around the planting beds, making the hillside less dramatic.
A stone retaining wall that snakes around either side of a paved pathway. Ornamental trees, flowers, and draping vines fill in and around the sides of the two terraces.
Stacked landscaping stones are an easy and great way to keep grass out of your planting bed and add curb appeal to your landscaping. Any borders you create will stay in place.
The stones used to create these terraces and retaining walls are speckled with small holes that give them the appearance of a kitchen sponge.
A series of light stone retaining walls that help keep the sand dunes from eroding away and also provide a sturdy place for larger evergreens to grow.
Lush landscaping with a small birdbath, looking glass, and uniformly stacked stones. A small set of stairs leads up to a pathway on the top terrace.
A retaining wall next to a stone courtyard in alternating red and gray stone.
A simple terrace garden with ornamental grasses and bushes.
A simple, curved retaining wall that forms a circular planter full of petunias.
A retaining wall of light stacked stone that is uniform in color and size. The ground above the stones is covered in a thick groundcover.
A simple retaining wall that creates a raised gardening plot filled with petunias, black-eyed susans, and other members of the daisy family.
A retaining perimeter wall around the wooden backyard patio. The top tier runs into the surrounding woods.
Terraces of multiple heights surround this swimming pool, creating a private oasis.
Beautifully fashioned retaining walls, each with a different plant in large groups.
A brick retaining wall snakes on the lush green lawn with drainage on the side. Ornamental flowers and green plants peek out from the gray wall.
Serpentine retaining wall wraps around the traditional house clad in blue paneled walls and lined with manicured bushes.
Gorgeous brick retaining wall situated beside the curved pathway sports a two-tone color and is filled with lush green plants.
Multi-tiered brick retaining walls showcases a stunning 3d design and matching staircase on the side. Its unified gray color makes the green plants stand out.
This house boasts natural brick retaining walls wrapping around the gorgeous tree and plants.
Concrete retaining wall ideas
A series of small concrete terraces create steps along this hillside. Soft, plush grasses make this spot perfect for sitting.
Sleek concrete retaining walls with a striking layout doubles as a seating area. Fresh, smooth grasses complete the look and provide a serene vibe.
Gabion retaining wall ideas
Gabion retaining walls framed with wire mesh showcases a concrete staircase in the middle.
Lovely white rock gabion retaining wall wraps around the plants forming a steady and sturdy planter.
This garden features a round rock gabion planter filled with green plants and solar lights illuminating the area at night.
A closeup look at the gabion retaining wall fitted with a chrome lamp and topped by luscious green plants.
A curved gabion retaining wall on a concrete courtyard lined with garden plants.
Towering gabion retaining walls serving as a fence around the house. Its vibrant yellow color blends well with the green plants.
Layered gabion retaining wall beside the staircase filled with pebbles and various plants.
Multi-tiered gabion retaining walls in two-tone color accompanied by alternating manicured plants which create a stunning fence on the backyard.
Garden Wall Ideas
What’s the difference between a garden wall and a retaining wall?
The difference lies in purpose. Retaining walls hold back the earth. They can definitely look great and be aesthetically pleasing, but their function is to hold back earth.
Garden walls are purely aesthetic. They are not built for strength.
A short retaining wall that creates dedicated planting beds easily distinguishable from the grass lawn.
A charming garden bed filled with gorgeous plants that are lined with decorative rock retaining wall.
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