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Planting a slope Tower of London style


I went to the Tower of London last week – lived down the road from it for about 30 years but it’s taken me this long to get there.

I noticed a couple of sloping banks that were in various stages of growth, and thought it might be interesting to show how they solved the problem of planting a steep slope.

I don’t know how deep the steps go into the ground.

This is obviously not the same slope! not as tall, for a start. But I presume it’s stepped, as the other slope was; the plants have already grown to hide any traces.

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I've added this to GoYpedia Sloping Garden Ideas :o)

2 Oct, 2011


That's a very interesting way of dealing, unobtrusively, with a steep slope!

2 Oct, 2011


thanks, Terratoonie, I'd forgotten there was such an area!

I don't know if the steps are accessible once the plants grow bigger: I presume they must be, for trimming, unless they have *very* long-handled shears!

One of my [day]dreams was/is to have a sloping garden, then I'd terrace it - a bit wider than here, so that each section could be got at from both sides - wider S-shaped paths, with a seat at the turns, so that I'd have plenty of viewing options.

If I think of it, I'll go back in a few months and see how things are going - I think I can remember which bit of the Tower to look for.

Typical of me - everyone takes pictures of the Tower, I turn my back on it and take pics of the slope! (well, I did my share of Tower-taking, too)

3 Oct, 2011


That's a good idea. I had a steep garden once and I terraced it, but I should have done this in some parts, it was so steep. This will be a help to some people I'm sure.

3 Oct, 2011

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