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More and more homeowners are using concrete walls in their gardens instead of wooden fences to add privacy and block noise. Unlike wood, concrete doesn’t warp or rot, it requires little maintenance, and it will withstand fire and strong winds. Beyond these practical reasons, concrete walls appeal to homeowners because of the numerous design options possible. You can add pattern and texture, incorporate landscaping plants or custom artwork, and more.

Get Creative With Poured Concrete

This retaining wall stretches over one hundred feet in length and was poured using alternating layers of colored concrete. Rocks and other natural debris were sprinkled between each layer. The result was an organic look with random voids in the wall. See more of this project from Ron Odell's Custom Concrete.

Add Plants and Metalwork

Custom ironwork and built-in planters accentuate these curved concrete walls, which were used to create a beautiful terraced garden. Texture was added to the walls using an Italian slate stamp pattern, and then the walls were stained. The concrete walkways, steps and patio areas were also stained to match the walls. See more photos of this concrete gardenscape.

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Mimic the Texture of Rough-Sawn Wood

Although there are an assortment of form liners available for concrete walls, the rustic look of rough-sawn wood is making a comeback, especially as a natural-looking finish texture for garden walls. Learn more about board-formed concrete.

Hang Vertical Planters

Even if your garden walls aren't made of concrete, you can enhance them with hanging concrete planters to create a vertical garden. Instead of boxy wood planters, concrete planters can be cast in a variety of organic shapes that blend beautifully with natural plant life. See more examples of interesting concrete planters.

Customize with a Mural

Florida artist Carlos Delgado often uses concrete as a canvas for his remarkable wall murals, using various types of stains and dyes to achieve his vision. Here are more photos of his work.

Apply a Textured Overlay

This garden wall received an overlay application using a vertical concrete mix that was stamped, hand carved and stained. The cap was cast in place and given a seamless bluestone texture.

Embed Boulders

Small boulders found on site were set into this concrete retaining wall. The wall has a freeform design with the stones randomly placed in keeping with the design intent. Smaller river rocks and glass aggregates were also embedded in the wall. Learn more about how decorative aggregate and stone were used to transform this wall.

More ideas for your garden walls:

  • Incorporate a bench or cap your wall so it can be used as a seat wall
  • Try precast wall panels that can be embedded with decorative mosaics or given an exposed aggregate finish
  • Take a plain gray wall to the next level using concrete stains
  • Add fixtures that wash your wall with light, making it a nighttime focal point

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