No matter how beautiful the construction materials, an outdoor living design can look dull and lifeless without pops of color or dimensional design elements. A built-in planter constructed with retaining wall block will provide a permanent receptacle for adding color, texture and dimension to your spaces and can coordinate with your pavers and landscape walls to tie the overall look together.
Add curb appeal
Make a statement as soon as visitors arrive with planters along the driveway or a sidewalk in front of your home.
Create a grand entrance
Planters along walkways and near doorways create a welcoming effect and add architectural interest to the front of your home.
Edge a terrace
Soften the look of an angular wall or add a buffer zone along the terrace edge with planters of various shapes and sizes.
Dress up a retaining wall
Large retaining walls are often necessary, but can be visually boring. Add dimension and visual interest to a large retaining wall with planters at the base or at higher points along the wall.
Anchor® Diamond Pro
Create a focal point
Add drama to a patio, walkway or driveway with a large planter that can create a visual focal point for the design.
Flank a fire feature
Add pops of color and foliage to soften the look of larger structures and help coordinate the space with the surrounding landscape.
Flank Stairs or Steps
Stair or step planters can take a variety of shapes and styles. Options can include symmetrical tiers, terraced landings, or a singular accent planter.
Emphasize a tree
A tree planter box or wall can add design elements to larger open spaces or provide an area for installing a flower garden.
Lamina Tandem™ Wall
Add dimension to a patio
Planter gardens are a great way to add dimension and visual interest to an open patio. In addition, locating a planter near an outdoor kitchen can provide an outdoor chef with a space to grow fresh herbs.
Weston Stone™, trimmed with Mega-Arbel® pavers
Soften the look of a column
Incorporating a planter into the top of a column or pillar softens the look and adds a natural textural design element to your outdoor living structures.
The country is going green, in more ways than one! Everywhere you look, people are finding new and interesting ways to garden. One of the more recent trends is the rise of the what is called “vertical gardening”. Entire websites and companies are devoted to the trend. For those looking to add a little more dimension to their lives, vertical gardening is the way to go.
What exactly is a vertical garden?
A vertical garden can take any number of forms and is basically any vegetation that exists on a plane other than a flat horizontal surface. It can be as simple as a tier of stacked planters or as intricate as a high-rise wall completely covered in vegetation. Classic forms of vertical gardens include those created with trellises and arbors, but today’s modern vertical gardens have grown to incorporate a variety of ideas, techniques, and materials.
How do I get started?
Wherever there is a blank wall or a bare fence, there is the potential for a vertical garden. There are companies that sell pre-made pockets and planters that are specifically designed to attach to walls or fence boards. However, the ideas are virtually endless for creating homemade versions. Unique ideas include converting rain gutters into vertical rows of horizontal planters, or constructing planter pockets out of heavy-duty fabrics.
What if my yard is sloped?
Well then, you have the perfect natural setting to create a vertical garden. Any gardening you do will already be multidimensional. But if you want to create something more structured and permanent, consider terracing the slope with pavers and retaining walls to create layers of built-in planters, which will define the garden areas and, at the same time, make the space more usable.