Help with a cement retaining wall in back yard

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I have a small ugly back yard with a huge cement retaining wall on one side. Want to do something with the wall be sides just painting it. Need help with ideas such as planters or anything to make it look better.

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  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jul 22, 2018
    You could put up some trellising and plant vining plants. If it would get enough sun, you could even plant gourds, squash, cucumbers, pole beans, etc. on them. You can hang plants from the wall, paint strips, geometric shapes, pictures, whatever, instead of just painting one color. There are many things you could do with the cement retaining wall, Gloria, just think about what you want it to look like in the end.
    • Gloria Gloria on Jul 22, 2018
      Thanks for your suggestions. Unfortunately the sun comes up and then goes right over my house and it's pretty shaded back there. Maybe something could grow there. Thanks.
  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 22, 2018
    I like the vibrant painted block walls as a backdrop for other things.... https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=paint%20a%20cement%20block%20wall%20a%20bright%20color&rs=typed&term_meta[]=paint%20a%20cement%20block%20wall%20a%20bright%20color%7Ctyped
    https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=Mexican%20painted%20garden%20walls&rs=typed&term_meta[]=Mexican%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=painted%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=garden%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=walls%7Ctyped
    some add a tile panel scene, or a fountain hung on the wall. I've had one with little platforms screwed into the wall to show off my bonsai trees or it could be little pots with succulents.
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jul 22, 2018
    Gloria, there are lots of plants that will grow with morning light for the most part. Check out a local greenhouse, they will be able to suggest plants that will grow with less light in your area. You could make some pallet gardens, like the one in todays main email and put against the cement wall to take up some height. There are many plants that love mostly shade, We have spider plants, tuberous begonias, impatients, elephant ears, coleus and hosts in our front yard that pretty much only gets a little sunlight and they love it. Despite the huge elm and massive maple in the front yard, we have turner it into our little jungle. You can do this Gloria, turn the cement retaining wall into an area that you like!
    • Gloria Gloria on Jul 22, 2018
      Thanks again. Good ideas lots to think about and to something about it now.
  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jul 22, 2018

    Maybe put some plants on it so they could hang and grow on the wall plant morning glories on the bottom to grow up them or try Latice and cover the wall up

  • Gloria Gloria on Jul 22, 2018
    Thanks you've given me some good ideas to think about. By the way i love morning glories.
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