Anyone who has bought a used house with a garden, on which there is still an older garden wall, knows that it is not always beautiful, let alone visually appealing. In earlier times, garden walls simply served a purpose, but not to beautify the property. However, there are creative ways and means of covering an old wall, if you do not want to completely rebuild it, and to present it appropriately.
It is not always just garden walls or property walls that encompass the entire property. A wall can also be built as a border, an optical separation from the terrace, delimitation of paths or simply as a privacy screen idea to the neighbor.
Ideas and tips for embellishing and cladding old walls in the garden
If you no longer like your own garden wall, there are several ways to embellish it. We have put together a few ideas for you to make this happen.
Cover with wood
Cladding with granite
Cover with natural stone
Cover / plant with plants
Embellish with plastic
Cover with bamboo
Each variant has its own advantages and disadvantages and differs considerably in taste and style. Every garden lover has to decide for himself whether you want it cheap or whether money doesn’t matter
Idea 1: Cover the garden wall with natural stone
A particularly chic, luxurious and expensive variant is to cover the existing wall in the garden with natural stone slabs.
This creates a visually appealing veneer of the garden wall that hardly differs from a real dry wall.
The selected natural stone is usually used in 2-3 cm thickness and then glued to the old walls.
Possible natural stones for the facade are:
Depending on the existing or desired garden style, the wall can be optimally adapted and staged. Light marble stones as a veneer not only look good, they also ignite a Mediterranean ambience.
Cost / benefit assessment: expensive but effective
Idea 2: green and decorate the old garden wall with plants
If you don’t want to dress up, you can choose the completely natural variant and “hide” the garden wall with suitable plants ( climbing plants ) and hedges. For example, a dense hedge plant that is planted in front of and / or behind the wall would be conceivable to hide it from view.
An alternative is the greening of garden walls with rock garden plants that also make rock gardens feel at home. Beautiful vaulting plants, ground cover plants or ferns can be planted in vaults and bulges that don’t actually look good at all . In addition, joints can of course also be artificially enlarged and scraped out so that they can later be filled with humus soil and made room for beautiful plantings on and in the wall. Here you can see the ideas of vertical gardens .
Depending on the location (sunny or shady), there are many different colors that are appealing. Basically, those plants are best suited that tolerate drought well. Stonecrop or stone herb are a good choice here. The bellflower, the blue pillow and the strip fern will also lovingly enclose and decorate the wall joints. Even lavender is ideal for the task of greening an older garden wall relatively opaque.
Cost / benefit assessment: Inexpensive but time-consuming to opaque
Idea 3: A garden wall covered with bamboo
Another creative idea for cladding garden walls is to plant them with bamboo plants or bamboo mats or fences. These are attached along the garden wall and immediately give a new look with comparatively little effort and low costs. It can be done quickly and without manual skills and covers an ugly old wall in the garden immediately and reliably.
It should be noted with this method, however, that the bamboo panels must be replaced after a few years due to wear and tear from wind, weather and birds.
Cost / benefit assessment: Inexpensive but regular exchange
Idea 4: Cover the garden wall with wood
Combinations of stone and wood are also very popular these days, also in the garden wall area. A cladding can easily be attached after robust wooden slats have been screwed into the wall as later supports. Anyone who decides on this design idea should choose between these types of wood:
The wooden cladding on the garden wall can either be vertical or horizontal, depending on what suits you visually or seems most suitable due to the weather (weather side or not).
With this idea, a completely new garden look can be created immediately and ugly concrete or brick walls can be given a new look in no time at all.
Cost / benefit assessment: Medium to expensive, effective but wood treatment necessary over time
Other options for cladding walls in the garden are using sheet metal and plastic. The latter in particular appears cheap at first, but feels very artificial, so not for everyone. High-quality plastic can then become really expensive.