This past spring I designed a dry-stacked rock wall for a delightful woman named Wendy.
Her front yard sloped rather steeply down toward the street. There was a massive boulder that she wanted to leave in place, as the roots of the Maple above it were located directly underneath it. Could I help her design a wall that would incorporate it without moving it?
The height of the basalt wall was determined by where the wall of their neighbor ended – we just continued ours where it left off. As for the rock, we incorporated another few larger boulders in an attempt to make it a less singular feature. Wendy had specified that she wanted the wall to have a naturalistic feel, and not look rigid and fabricated. Dreaming up a design is one thing, and execution another. My appreciation goes out to Apromiano and Mario of Drake’s, who turned my drawing into reality. As Wendy put it – “Apromiano is an artist! ” She’s right – those two did a wonderful job!
The wall curves beautifully around the large stone.
The area in front was filled with river rock, and the newly created room on the slope side was filled with soil and planted. For lack of a better word – we created a “containing wall”. Some of the plants we used were Acanthus ‘Whitewater’, Hakonechloa, Carex ‘Snow Cap’ Saxifraga ‘Maroon beauty’, a dwarf Thalictrum, Epimedium, Mukdenia and Heuchera.
The other large rocks visually anchor the wall at the other end. Now, with temperatures starting to drop, we planted it yesterday, and it looks mighty promising! The planting will be in the shade of the Maple for most of the day. In addition to the other plants, I gave her a start of one of my faves – Iris confusa. It looks great when draping over a wall and does well in filtered light … Can’t wait for it all to grow and fill in!