Some design ideas for retaining wall landscaping includes tiered retaining walls, a retaining wall that follows a sloping pathway, a rustic stone and wood retaining wall, and a short slate stone retaining wall. The latter can support a garden bed bordering a grassy lawn with leafy foliage plants topping it.
Retaining wall landscaping can give the area a rustic look. For example, use rough-hewn stones to make a retaining wall between a grassy slope and the lawn below, with moss and other crevice-loving plants growing between the rocks, making it look old and established. You can also craft a rustic retaining wall out of rocks, wooden blocks and chicken wire. Place the wooden blocks in intervals among the piled stones and use the chicken wire to hold everything together. This low-maintenance retaining wall can grass a low-maintenance or xeriscape garden.
For a more put-together look, make a retaining wall out of uniform stone. Stack stone bricks with curving surfaces in a pattern to form a retaining wall separating drought-tolerant ground cover with the rest of the garden. It can also separate a swimming area from the gardens above. Tiered retaining walls can each contain their own garden or water feature.