On the outskirts or in the middle of your exterior, a hillock may seem a little unsightly. However, it can become a real asset once planted.
Discover our ideas for creating a mound in the garden!
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A rockery to dress the mound of earth
Rock gardens are arrangements inspired by mountain landscapes. Between mineral and vegetal, the plants climb between the riprap. This type of development is perfectly suited to a hill whose relief will evoke altitude.
In terms of plants, bet on Mediterranean and alpine plants that thrive in dry soil. The bellflower, the sedum, the thistle or the delphinium are perennials with the most beautiful effect in rockery.
Also think of aromatics like thyme or rosemary. For stones, choose local rock that you glean here and there, or by making contact with a quarry. Take a tour of the local construction sites, you might not come back empty-handed!
Ground cover plants
There is nothing better to dress up an embankment than ground cover plants! They quickly cover a large area and are decorative. When you have a large embankment, this is the ideal solution.
In full sun, choose saxifrage like the moss variety which reveals pink flowers in late spring. You can also count on a creeping phlox that grows equally well in sun and partial shade. Reaching up to 80cm in width, this plant is adorned with a multitude of small purple star-shaped flowers in April-May.
In partial shade or in the shade on cool ground, bet on Houttuynia! Its pink variegated foliage will enhance a dark corner. If you are looking for evergreen foliage to cover your shaded mound all year round, opt for sedges, Epimediums, heuches or perennial geraniums instead.
A natural stream
Make this slope a real asset by creating a stream! You will then have the impression of being immersed in nature from home.
A lower basin collects the run-off water which a pump filters and conveys again upwards. This small stream brings a breeze of freshness that will not displease you during heat waves. The sound of the flow conveys a soothing atmosphere in your relaxation area. Across the stream, place rocks, pebbles, and plants.
Combine pretty foliage and some flowering plants to recreate a natural landscape. Finally, take advantage of this arrangement by installing a pergola and garden furniture near.
See your mound as an opportunity to shape the relief of your exterior. The development of this bump can involve earthworks. Depending on the height of your mound, you can make several terraces to arrange it and reach the lowest level. Then use these levels to create living spaces: garden furniture, a dining table, a solarium, a play area for children, a swimming pool, etc.
Depending on the uses you choose, the vegetable palette will change. Evergreen plants near a swimming pool, fragrant flowers for the relaxation area, aromatics near the dining area ...
A planted staircase
The staircase is a beautiful element of decoration when accompanied by beds of perennials, annuals, shrubs and grasses. Boxwood cut into a ball bring roundness and volume to your mound. Pair them with other rounded plants like lavender or euphorbia. For a natural style, sit on a wooden staircase bordered with country flowers.
Why not sow a flowery meadow? Your mound will then be surrounded by flowers throughout the beautiful season. A true biodiversity resource, honey flower mixtures provide shelter and shelter for many useful insects for the garden. In addition, only one to two mows per year is sufficient to maintain a flowering fallow.