It is not difficult to landscape hills. Doing so will add value and beauty to the area in which you live, and will help with any water run-off problems that may exist in the area.
The steps below will show different ways in which this can be accomplished. The tools and materials needed depend on what method is used. It is possible to use more than one of the methods mentioned below when landscaping.
Step 1: An Easy Fix
Planting shrubs randomly on the hillside will add a pleasant visual element to the area. Intersperse the shrubs with perennials and water them regularly. Adding a ground cover such as clover will make the area easier to take care of, and it will be nice to look at. Ground covers only grow so high and do not generally need mowing. This will make the area easy to care for.
Step 2: Steps and Vegetables
If vegetables are desired, create gardens in a step-like fashion. Build up areas of ground so that they are vegetable garden ready, and surround each step on three sides with a low rock retaining wall. When finished, the area will look like it has huge steps leading up to the top of the hill.
Step 3: Herbs and Walkways
Build ground-level steps from the top of the hill to the bottom. Create walkways branching off from the steps. Build rock planters or garden beds, building up the soil so that the beds are level. Plant a different herb in each planter or bed. Where there are no planters or beds, plant trees and a ground cover.
Step 4: A Retaining Wall
It may be necessary to add a retaining wall somewhere at the bottom of the hill. This will prevent the road from being flooded as well as any structures that may be in the vicinity of the hill. Adding a wall will also add security and a decorative element to the hillside.
Step 5: Build a Rock Garden
Rock gardens can be fun to create. Place the rocks in a way that is pleasing to the eye. This can be accomplished with or without the use of beds. It can also be done in a way that looks like a riverbed. No matter how the rock garden is created, plants should be added here and there when finished for a more pleasing visual effect. Add annuals and perennials throughout the rock garden to give the area a constantly changing feel. Use a ground cover to fill in any bare areas.
Landscaping will add aesthetic and safety value to an otherwise plain looking hillside. It will take time to accomplish the task and help may be needed, but the end result will be worth the time and labor involved.