Plants That Accent Stone Walls

Written by maria tussing
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Email

A stone wall can be an accent or an eyesore in the garden. With the right plants and landscaping, though, you can soften a stone wall and add interest and colour. You need to base your plant choices on your landscaping goals and situation. If you have a retaining wall you may want plants to grow on top of it and spill down the side. If it's a wall at the back of a border you will want plants that will climb up the sides. Above all, though, have a realistic idea of the time and energy you have to dedicate to your landscaping.

Other People Are Reading

Cascading Plants

Aubrieta (rock cress) is a popular cascading plant. It is a semievergreen, so offers winter interest. It blooms profusely for several weeks from mid-spring to early summer. Rock cress comes in shades of purple from purple-blue to reddish purple. It gets 4 to 6 inches tall and spreads 12 to 23 inches.

Alyssum is a common cascading annual. It is easy to cultivate from seed and reseeds itself after blooming. It sometimes begins growing in crevices in rock walls when it reseeds. It grows 6 to 9 inches tall and 3 to 9 inches wide. Alyssum is available in white, pink, lavender and purple.

Trailing rosemary is a low-maintenance option for a cascading plant. It is heat and cold tolerant. It is less than 6 inches tall and spreads 6 to 12 inches. Light blue or lavender flowers last from midsummer to fall.

Vining Plants

Clematis plants come in many colours and forms, single, double, bell-shaped and clustered. They are hardy to zone 3 and can live for 25 or more years. They can bloom from April to fall, depending on the variety. They can climb on a wall, but may need some support in the form of wires or string. They can grow up to 12 feet tall.

Morning glory offers annual colour in a vine. Morning glories come in nearly all colours and forms. They grow up to 6 feet tall and may need some support for climbing. They can also be planted at the top of a wall and allowed to cascade over the side.

Upright Plants

Hollyhocks lend a lot of vertical interest to any landscape. They are common in the backs of borders, especially along fences. They grow up to 8 feet tall, with large leaves and showy flowers. They are available in many colours, from white and pastel to nearly black.

Ferns can soften a stone wall, especially if the wall creates a shady area. The ferns' soft, often lacy foliage can provide a contrast to the hard edges of a stone wall. They can be challenging to grow, though, so make sure you have a good understanding of what is required before attempting to grow ferns.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.