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How To Landscape A Sloping Garden: 32 Sloping Garden Ideas

We all know that a sloping garden space can be difficult to work with. Plenty of muscle power is also needed just getting stuff up and down from your garden shed – but the end results are worth it.

We’ve compiled some of our favourite inspiration from around the web for you to get started on designing your slope. Are you ready to have the most breathtaking and unique outdoor space in town?

Let’s dive in!

1. Ivory stairs

Ivory stone stairs with white flower beds create the feeling of extra space. 

Ivory stone garden stairs with flower beds

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2. Three-level garden

Make the most of your sloped garden by creating levels with different uses; add raised beds, a lawned area and a patio with seating.

A three-level garden: add raised beds, a lawned area and a patio with seating

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3. Retaining wall

Is your garden on an incline? Slice it in half with a retaining wall and create a two-level backyard.

Retaining wall creating a two-level backyard.

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4. Bench and fire pit

A relaxing spot in your garden for some stargazing.

Backyard fire pit setup perfect for stargazing

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5. Two-level wood finish

A relaxing wooden finish to the furniture on the first level, and some comfy chairs and pure grass on the second.

 relaxing wooden finish outdoor living space

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6. Ample backyard

Beautiful stone steps and tiered raised beds are a great way to make the most of a sloped garden. 

A garden with beautiful stone steps and tiered raised beds

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7. Black tile backyard

Slates paving stones make a stunning patio and steps.

Slates paving stones in colour black

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8. Wooden three-level backyard

Make the most of a small but steep sloped garden by adding stairs and tiered planters to improve the space.

Steep sloped garden with stairs and tiered planters

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9. Pebble steps

Shallow, pebble-filled steps are a simple, budget-friendly solution for a sloping garden.

steep sloped garden by adding stairs and tiered planters, giving off a simple-look garden

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10. Grass-covered steps

Keep your steps looking natural but building them into your lawn. 

Grass-covered garden steps

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11. Wooden stairs and planters

There’s no wasted space with this design – build planters into the sides of your steps.

Wooden stairs and planters for no wasted space

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12. Split level family garden

The perfect patio for a family dinner outside and plenty of lawn space for the kids to stretch their legs.

Split level outdoor dining setup

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13. Small garden with steep slope

A very steep backyard, solved with some gabion stone planters and modern steps.

Gabion stone planters and modern steps

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14. Wooden planters and picnic table

A very sloped hill transformed into a cosy backyard by using tiered wooden planters, a picnic area and a lawn at the top. 

A sloped hill transformed into a cosy backyard by using tiered wooden planters and a picnic area

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15. Round table

By building a round retaining wall into the hillside, they’ve created the perfect space for a dining area.  

A round retaining wall into the hillside, creating a perfect space for outdoor dining

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16. Sectioned backyard

Sectioning off a long, narrow garden gives the feeling of more space. There’s room for planters, a seating area and plenty of lawn.

A sectioned backyard, giving the feeling of more space

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17. Backyard with tree

If you’re lucky enough to have a full-size tree in your backyard, build your garden around it and make the most of the natural shade it provides. 

A backyard with a full-sized tree at the centre

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18. Modern-looking wood planters

Use sleepers to add tiered flower beds to your sloped garden.

Modern looking wood planters with tiered flower beds

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19. Modern lighting

Add some floor and wall lighting to your steps and garden edges so you can still enjoy your backyard after dark. 

Modern lighting attached on the floor and wall, steps and garden edges

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20. Small garden with flamingos

The retaining wall also serves as a comfy sofa, just by adding some cushions. 

A retaining wall with added cushions, serving as a comfy sofa

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21. Modern oriental garden

Plenty of natural wood and Japanese paper lanterns give this garden an oriental feel. 

Oriental garden vibes with natural wood and Japanese paper lanterns

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22. Backyard with slide

If you’re clever with your space, you can even fit a slide in for the kids!

A red slide beside the wooden steps outdoors

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23. Oak sleepers as retaining wall

Once a messy sloped hill, now it’s a leveled garden with a strong retaining wall.

A levelled garden with a strong retaining wall on a messy sloped hill

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24. Wooden terrace garden

When creating the steps to reach the top of your garden, make good use of the space to the sides.

Wood terrace garden

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25. Multi level deck

Why settle for one deck, when you can have several? It’s a truly unique way to create steps in your garden.

A multi-level deck, creating unique steps

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26. All grass

Keep it super simple with some stone steps fitted into the grass.

Stone steps fitted into the grass

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27. Contemporary chic garden

If grass is not your thing, keep it contemporary with decking and pale-coloured paving stones.

Contemporary chic garden with decking and pale-coloured paving stones

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28. Railway sleepers

No natural grass? You can always use a little artificial grass and railway sleepers for a chic, modern garden.

Another modern looking garden with artificial grass and railway sleepers

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29. Stone stairs

If you have a hill in your garden, why not build some stone steps into the hillside to go exploring anytime you like?

Stone steps into the hillside

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30. Tall walls

If you’ve got a very steep garden,  build high retaining walls and decorate them with lighting and a seating area.

High retaining walls with lighting and outdoor seating

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31. Plank steps

A budget-friendly option to get to the top of the hill.

Budget-friendly DIY steps made from planks

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32. Small greenhouses

With a few garden beds and mini poly tunnels, you can create your own greenhouses in your backyard.

Garden beds and mini polytunnels

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Round-Up

Sloping gardens are often seen as a challenge and less appealing than their ‘flat’ alternatives, but I think we’ve proven that with a little imagination, you can make your sloping garden into a stunning place to relax and entertain.

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