15 Landscape Retaining Walls to Prevent Erosion

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A retaining wall is a structure that keeps soil, rock and water in place so that it won’t be washed away from the rain. Retaining walls are used for several reasons. It can prevent erosion, hold soil from sliding away from the structure and also for decoration. These are used in steep slopes around homes, rivers and other areas. With a retaining wall, there are lesser structural issues for the dirt and landscape is prevented from sliding.

We will be giving you some landscape retaining wall ideas today. We have gathered different landscaping styles with retaining walls. Each of them made use of different materials and installed retaining walls in various manners. You can surely get ideas on how you can treat your own landscape. Scroll down and check what we have collated for you today.

Sculptural Wall

Sculptural Landscape Wall

Arterra LLP Landscape Architects

Stone, ipe and concrete were combined beautifully to create a bold and contemporary landscape for this garden. Instead of merely creating a simple retaining wall, the designers create a sculptural wall to make it look more beautiful especially with the modernized palette it used.

Cole Valley Hillside

Cole Valley Hillside Landscape

John Maniscalco Architecture

A combination of wood and stone retaining wall gives this area a modern look.

Matt Giroux

Matt Landscape Giroux

Grounds by Design – Fine Landscapes

A house designed by the Vermont Architects. The details in the house design is stunning as well as its outdoor space.

Cow Hollow Historic Home

Cow Hollow Home

Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders

Large concrete retaining walls surround the yard but what sets this yard apart from other gardens is the terraced feature and the living wall with growing moss, climbing plants and ferns on it.


Remick Landscape

Concrete was done with rough finish and gave it a wood plank appearance. Ipe wood was used in the bridge.


Landscape Steps

D-CRAIN Design and Construction

Weathered steel retaining walls and steps were used for the front entry of this house.

Whitcomb Residence

Whitcomb Landscape Residence

Huettl Landscape Architecture

The flat area is perfect for kids to play. The retaining walls of stones with waterfalls give a creative touch to the yard.

SF Retro Modern

SF Retro Modern

The Garden Route Company

A steep hillside was treated bold and textural free form plantings. Wooden steps and retaining walls give it a soft contemporary look.

Retaining Walls

Retaining of Walls

Versa-Lok Retaining Wall Systems

Curves, corners, columns, stairs and tiers create a background paradise of traditional design.

Serpentine Stone

Serpentine Stone Landscape

Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

Rocks used for the retaining wall were placed on a wire cage to avoid further erosion. Wooden are doubles as a retaining wall and bench.


Lafayette Wall

Randy Thueme Design Inc. – Landscape Architecture

Retaining walls made of brick stones were used for this sloping yard. The design is beautifully done with an inclined wall.


Wall of Ambleside

Avalon Northwest Landscape, LLC

Concave plates were used for this so that the soil pressure from behind could push it more firmly into the boulders. It is held in place with buried steel.

Orinda Residence

Orinda Residence Landscape

Nick Noyes Architecture

An above pool and patio is located below the retaining walls. Isn’t this a great way to landscape a sloping yard?

Napa Vineyard House

Napa Wall Vineyard House

Remick Associates Architects + Master Builders

The steps that you see here are aligned to the terraced landscape. The retaining walls also looked great with a wooden look.


Wall Longueville

Secret Gardens

Secret Gardens will never fail to impress us. This garden is beautifully done with retaining walls, stairs and a variety of plants.

Now, you will certainly agree with us that there are indeed different ways to make a retaining wall. It just depends on how creative you are or your landscaper is. You can also use different materials for it because a retaining wall doesn’t just work for its function but it can also be an added decoration to your garden. You can also add some dramatic lighting to your landscape to let it pop even during the night.