This is an example of a mid-century modern retaining wall landscape in San Luis Obispo.

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Midcentury Landscape, San Luis Obispo

This is an example of a mid-century modern retaining wall landscape in San Luis Obispo. - Houzz
Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture
Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture
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sislysisly wrote:June 16, 2011
  • Annie Thornton
    10 years ago
    If you are looking to create raised beds or container gardens in your landscape, there are a lot of fun options to go with.

    From this photo, you can see that you can easily go with wood — redwood, ipe, or other outdoor strength woods are great for the traditional raised bed look.

    Using terracotta pots or other styles of landscape containers can be a unique approach to raised beds. I like the idea of a vegetable and herb garden in an array of terracotta pots strewn across the deck or landscape.

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    For a more industrial look, consider aluminum, stainless steel, or cor-ten steel. They are safe to use as planters and bring a new texture and style to a landscape that may be lacking the architectural edge.

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    And of course, there is always stone, concrete, stucco, and other hard building materials. Your planters can almost double as seat walls or be incorporated into a hillside retaining wall.

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    Basalite Concrete Products
    9 years ago
    Concrete blocks are a versitile option. Wooden boxes are attractive, but you're limited to square or rectangular boxes, they can rot, and they take some time to put together. You can build concrete planter boxes and make different sizes and shapes. The blocks come in a lot of different colors, too and they are easy to move around. There are instructions and a video here:
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