Building a curved block wall

Up on the Mt Pleasant property overlooking Redcliffs the final touches to the garden design are under way. Cooler temperatures at the start of the day now, but the generally settled weather have made for good working conditions. 

We are building a low curved block wall around the edge of the retaining wall that follows the curve of the concrete mow strip. This block wall will hide the straight edges of the tanalised post retaining wall and mirrors the curve of Pegasus Bay on the horizon. There is a planting bed between the mow strip and the block wall which will soften the hard edges of these two elements. 

A simple palette of built shapes and plant types works well in this garden design. They don’t compete with, rather they enhance and frame the dramatic views out over Christchurch to the coastline and the sea beyond. Densely planting out the steep hillside area below the retaining wall up to the border of the property with hardy native species will create a low maintenance garden.   

We are also constructing a built in wooden seat against the corner of the house on the edge of the flat lawn area. This will be a great spot to relax and enjoy the outstanding views available from here. 

For the clients, the overall garden design for this property is all about the uninterrupted views beyond the property out to sea; creating areas of easy, low maintenance gardening; keeping the dog in; and access around the sides of the house to the front of the property. 

If you’re thinking of landscaping your hillside Christchurch property call us today.