When a garden wall is done right it can create a most delightful focal point in your outdoor living space. Happily, there are plenty of different ways to build a garden wall. No matter what your aesthetic is you have a wide variety of choices. To get you started on your journey to create a blissful oasis in your outdoor space, we've packed this article with top inspirational garden wall ideas.
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Garden Wall Ideas
Are you stumped on how to transform your garden wall? Then this top list of 13 garden wall ideas is the perfect remedy. Discover the inspiration you need to energise your outdoor living space!
1. Garden Wall Decorations
If you are searching for a quick and simple refresher, garden wall decorations are the perfect solution. Whether you opt for shelves to place plants on or metal decorations there are extensive variations to choose from with suns, moons and stars being especially popular.
2. Front Garden Wall
The front of your home is the first things that guests will see when they come to visit. So, to leave a good impression your front garden wall needs to be in top shape!
For a unique look split it up the wall between brick and wrought iron. By building a wall with a base of brick you will create a haven for flowerbeds along the edge of the garden. It will protect them from the wind or any debris that might come in off the road.
The top half of the wrought iron fence will then allow sunlight to gently filter through. This creates a winning combination that protects your plants while still providing them with sunlight. Not to mention the privacy that your front garden wall will create.
3. Back Garden Wall
One of the beautiful things about having a back garden wall is the privacy that it offers. Even though your back garden is removed from the main street, if it opens onto other yards it can feel exposed. A back garden wall solves this problem by creating a shield of privacy between you and your neighbours. If you have small children or pets, the wall can also protect them from wandering too far away from home.
Are you hunting around for back garden wall ideas? Then consider the aesthetic that is already present in your home. If you live in a modern, recently constructed home then a fresh brick or wooden wall will look perfectly placed.
However, if your home is older, opt for aged bricks instead. The limestone bricks pictured above are a particularly good option. They will augment the classic vibe that is already part of your home.
4. Garden Retaining Wall Ideas
If you have a sloped garden or yard, a retaining wall can add depth and make it more accessible. It is difficult to create a patio for relaxing when your yard is sloped. A retaining wall will help to split up your yard so that you can create a patio on an even surface. Depending on how deeply your yard is sloped you could even add multiple retaining walls to create a cascading effect.
You can then switch up the purpose of each level. The first level could be turned into a patio, you could plant vibrant green grass on the second and then you could turn the third level into a flower garden. To make it easy to move between the levels, simply build a quaint set of brick steps.
You can bet that when your friends and family come to visit, they will be impressed by your cascading yard and quaint cobblestone or brick steps.
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5. Modern Garden Walls
If you prefer a modern aesthetic, then a wooden wall like the one pictured above is a good choice. The dark stain of the wood perfectly complements the white minimalist vibes of the patio. Then the ornamental grasses add a simple pop of colour tying the outdoor space together.
To personalise these walls further why not experiment with different stains? By trying out a few different stains on a sample piece of wood you can determine the most fitting colour scheme for your home.
6. Ideas for Small Garden Walls
When you have a small garden, the last thing you want to do is make it feel closed off or cramped. Luckily you don't have to avoid building garden walls to make up for it.
Here are a few hacks to keep in mind when building small garden walls:
- Choose light colour bricks or a light paint for your bricks - this will keep the garden bright,
- Split the garden wall in half - build the bottom half with bricks and the top with wrought iron fencing to allow sunlight to filter through,
- Create a green wall - weave vines along a trellis beside your wall to brighten up the patio.
7. Vertical Garden
A vertical garden is a splendid way to blend your garden wall into the greenery of your garden. Weaving a vine, like ivy along a trellis that rests on your garden wall is a good way to bring this about. As the ivy grows along the trellis, it will blanket the wall with a vibrant green colour. Just be careful to keep an eye on the ivy, you don't want it to grow into the wall itself and eat away at it.
If ivy isn't your thing then building shelves along the wall is a top alternative. You can easily rest your favourite flowers, plants and planters on top of the shelf and create gorgeously green pops of colour across the wall.
8. Garden Wall Bricks
The bricks that you use to build your garden wall will have a huge impact on your green space. If you want your garden's brick wall to blend in smoothly, your best option is to use the same building materials as your house. So, if you live in a classic red brick house then using red bricks to build the wall makes the most sense.
9. Wall Pots for the Garden
Hanging wall pots along your garden wall is the perfect way to weave in a gentle floral touch. When planning out which flowers to pot, keep colour at the forefront of your mind. Alternating between bright, vibrant colours and white petals will create the perfect visual combination. If you have a favourite colour then you could even play off this and add pops of blue, purple or pink along the wall!
10. Garden Fence Planters
Slightly larger than garden pots, garden fence planters are a sublime addition to the base of any garden wall or fence. While some planters that are made of lighter materials can be placed on shelves which are higher up, stone planters are best at the base of the garden wall. Here they can serve as a delightful accent! The best part is that there are endless varieties of planters available in shops so you are sure to find one that suits your needs perfectly.
11. Garden Wall Paint Ideas
Do you have an older garden wall? Are you dissatisfied with the natural colour of your bricks? Then why not paint them? Painting your bricks will transform their appearance and when done correctly, can even improve their durability.
Unsure which colour to choose? Pick white, it is a popular colour choice for brick paint because of its ability to brighten your garden space and open it up.
12. Delectable Salad Wall
Who doesn't love a fresh salad grown right from their garden? Well, when you plant vegetables instead of flowers in the pots and planters on your garden wall you can have just that - a delectable salad wall.
The possibilities are endless. Think lettuces and herbs like basil, dill and cilantro that are grown in pots or beans grown on a trellis next to your wall. No matter which vegetables you plant, you are sure to have top ingredients for your next meal!
13. Garden Water Wall
When you transform your garden wall into a waterfall there is no doubt that it will catch the eye of your visitors. There is nothing quite as unique as a water wall and depending on the depth of the water basin you may also be able to add in a garden pond with fish as well. How's that for a backyard oasis?!
How to Build a Garden Wall
Most garden walls are made of brick. The benefit of working with brick is that it is a sturdy material which will withstand a variety of elements. If you need a strong division between you and your neighbours' properties a brick garden wall is the way to go.
The process of bricklaying for your garden wall can be tricky. So, to get you on track we've put together a list of the steps you should fall when laying your bricks.
How to Lay Bricks for a Garden Wall
Step 1: Gather Your Tools
- Tape measure
- Wooden stakes
- Metal Float
- Wooden guides
Step 2: Prepare a Trench
Once you find the best location for your wall you will need to prepare a trench for the first bricks to rest in. To get started, first, dig your trench using the shovel. As you dig the trench remember to make sure that the base of the trench is level.
Step 3: Create a Base for the Wall
Next, you will use this trench to create a base for your brick wall. Use your tape measure to determine even intervals that you can drive your stakes in at. Drive them into the ground until they are only half the height of the trench. Check that they are all even height using the level.
Once you are certain they are all the same height pour in your cement until it is level with the stakes. Then take your metal float and smooth out the layer of cement. After it is smooth and even, the cement will need to set. Depending on the type of cement you use this could take several days so be patient. It is essential to the stability of your wall that this layer sets properly.
Step 4: Make Your Guides
Now that your base layer of cement is dry it is time to start laying those bricks! To ensure that your wall is straight, you will first need to create two guideposts that will stand at opposite ends of your trench. These will each be made from 3 pieces of wood nailed together and should resemble an upside-down 'U' that spans the width of the trench.
Each leg of the U should be secured firmly on either side of the trench's width. Once the guide legs are firmly in place you will then need to attach a hook or nail to the upper area of the post. Then, fasten a string to the hook. This string will stretch all the way to the opposite end of the trench and the guidepost that is in place there.
Once you are finished, you should have two strings which span the length of either side of the trench. They will guide you as you lay the bricks to ensure that the wall remains straight.
Step 5: Dry Lay the First Layer of Bricks
With your trusty guideposts in place, you can now dry lay the first layer of your bricks. This simply means placing the bricks on the base without fresh cement. By dry laying them you can approximate the location of each of the bricks without the concern that they will stick to the cement. As the old adage goes measure twice, cut once.
Step 6: Lay the Mortar and Bricks
Once you are certain of the placement of your bricks you can then go about spreading the mortar. Spread your mortar about 1/2 an inch thick and far enough to cover the placement of several bricks. Then, using pressure place your bricks on the mortar. Check with the level to ensure the first layer is even.
Continue this process along the length of the trench, gradually building up your wall in a step-like formation on either end. As the wall begins to take shape you will naturally start to fill in the centre. Remember to remove any excess mortar that overflows over the joints between the bricks.
Step 7: Leave It to Set & Enjoy Your Wall!
Now all you need to do is wait for the mortar to set, sit back, relax and enjoy all of your hard work!
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