Plant Choices that Spill Over the Edge of Retaining Walls

I enjoy working with clients that have a low stacked stone wall or a retaining wall for a steep slope, because it gives me the chance to incorporate plants that will highlight this feature into their design. Read on to learn about some examples of plant choices that spill over the edge of retaining walls.

Phlox subulata ‘Emerald Blue’ (Creeping Phlox)

Phlox subulata is a plant that I use often in my designs. It comes in a variety of colors which makes it easy to tie into the color scheme of the landscape plan. One of my favorite ways to use it is along the border of a wall, where it will eventually spill over the edge. This evergreen plant is a floriferous spring bloomer that will sporadically flower again in the fall.

Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ (Golden Creeping Jenny)

Lysimachia ‘Aurea’ will offer a weeping form if planted along a wall edge. It has chartreuse round foliage that changes seasonally from bronze to purple. Creeping Jenny can be an aggressive grower, so trim the trailing end to prevent it from growing into your lawn.

Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ (Creeping Rosemary)

Another plant that will spill over the edge of a wall is Rosmarinus ‘Prostratus’. Creeping rosemary is a nice choice for both formal and whimsical gardens. This trailing plant is fragrant and edible. It is also a deer resistant option for your yard.

Looking for a colorful groundcover to spill over the edge of a wall in your garden? Contact Bright Leaf Landscaping at (919)619-4460 or fill out our online contact form. Design and installation are our expertise, and we are always happy to meet with new clients to discuss potential projects!