The Challenge of a Hill . . .

The hill behind our house is quite steep and is basically made up of sand. When I started landscaping it, I had to give each bush and plant its own enormous planting hole amended with lots of compost.

Back Yard Before & After Flower Close-ups Garden General Garden Lawn Medium (1,000 - 5,000 sq ft.) Stone / Rock

1 of 10: Five years ago I began the 'challenge' of putting a garden on this hill. The next 'before' photo shows just how many changes those years have brought.

2 of 10: Pretty barren, wasn't it . . . My husband built the steps using stones we found when digging for the garden.

3 of 10: Here are those same steps today . . .

4 of 10: The view from the top of the steps . . .

5 of 10: I added the birdhouse to the hill this year and planted a clematis to climb the pole.

6 of 10: A closer look at the new birdhouse and clematis . . .

7 of 10: The clematis is called 'Comtesse de Bouchard.'

8 of 10: This bench at the top of the hill is still my favorite spot to sit in the heat of the day.

9 of 10: Some of the plants I've used on the hill are junipers, hydrangeas, azaleas, astilbes, spirea, daylilies, hostas, ornamental grasses, cranesbill -- the list goes on and on.

10 of 10: This photo shows both the garden on the hill and the garden that surrounds our patio.

Comments / Questions

Would you mind sharing the names of all of the plants you used? We have a very steep and ugly slope behind our house and it needs help. Thank you!

Can you share the names of some of the plants that you choose? Thanks

So lovely! Only an avid gardener knows the tremendous work involved in your creative hillside garden!

Did you use a fabric weed barrier

To cinderella9705. Thanks for your comments. I just posted a video on the Yardshare:Knocking Down Fences page on Facebook that should answer all of your questions. Here's the link:

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