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61+ Sloped Backyard Ideas on a Budget [You’ll Love the Photos!]

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Feeling a bit daunted by making something beautiful out of your sloped backyard? Don’t panic! We’ve got all the best ideas for landscaping a sloped garden on a budget!

Some of the most beautiful and creative garden ideas I’ve come across have been on sloped land. Having extra height and different levels gives you much more scope to create intriguing features in your yard.

A well-landscaped yet plain sloped and hilly backyard lawn.

So whether you want to spruce up your backyard slope – or if you’re looking for a fun outdoor project, then you’ll love these landscaping ideas.

Let’s look at some of the best-sloped backyard ideas on a budget!

1. Stone Slab Path for Sloped Backyards

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I love this legendary sloped yard from the Green Thumb Blonde’s blog. The added flower garden looks peaceful, serene, and it makes perfect use of the real estate. The stone steps also look charming.

This stone staircase would make a great feature in any sloped backyard. Stone slabs can be relatively inexpensive, or you may even have some lying around your land. 

2. Easy Raised Garden Beds for Sloped Land

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Raised vegetable garden on a slope by Deeply Southern Home

I love raised garden beds because it’s easier to manage rogue weeds! Even if a few weeds sprout up – it’s straightforward enough to spot them when they’re inside of your raised garden bed.

Building raised beds on a slope is a genius use of space and uses less building materials – especially compared to constructing them on flat land.

3. Upcycled Sloped Backyard Water Feature

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Check out this borderline-genius yard slope feature from Pilgrim and Pie. I’ve never seen more creative usage of watering cans. Or a backyard slope!

The best thing about having a sloped backyard garden is that the water runs downhill! A downhill slope eliminates some friction when creating a great upcycled water feature, such as this innovative watering can design.

Read More – How to Make an Epic Bubbling Rock Fountain!

4. Turn Your Slope Into a Playground

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Image By Ashville Playgrounds

Imagine how much fun the kids will have in this sloped-garden-turned-play-haven! Installing a playground is a great use of the natural slope of your backyard.

5. Sloped Backyard Seating Deck

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By Pretty Pink Patch on Instagram

Don’t think you can’t have a flat area to sit outside just because you live on a slope! Wooden decking is a quick and inexpensive way to create a level seating area for a sloped backyard.

6. Turn Your Slope Into a Beach

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Image from Sunset

This is such a wonderful idea for your sloped backyard! If you love going to the beach, you’ll love this idea. And so will your pets!

The creator, Bud Stuckey, built this 100-square-foot beach for less than 200 bucks, in two days!

7. A Waterfall Cascading Down the Slope

how to build a backyard waterfall up a slope
Tutorial and images by Hometalk

You’ll be totally obsessed with this idea. Whether you’ve always wanted a waterfall (me, me!) or you’ve never considered it before – this full tutorial with photos will get you excited about the idea!

This waterfall cascades down a long slope and ends in a koi pond. And the best thing? The tutorial shows you exactly how to do it yourself, in your own backyard!

8. DIY This Rock Retaining Wall

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Image and tutorial at Hometalk

This is a full tutorial, with pictures, instructions, and a video! Learn how to build a rock retaining wall just like this one in your own sloped backyard.

It’s ultra-cheap to DIY, too!

9. Terraces for Sloped Backyards

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By Reverie Interior Design on Instagram

Bring a Mediterranean vibe to your yard with some simple terraces. Plants such as rosemary and lavender will thrive in these rocky conditions and bring color and fragrance to your outdoor areas.

10. Budget Path for Sloped Backyard

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Here’s an excellent example of loose stone (gravel) stairs to accommodate an upward slope. Read more about how to build steps on a hill from the Scrappy Geek blog!

Putting in some simple wooden supports is a quick and easy way to build steps into a slope. You can either fill the steps with gravel or use topsoil for a cheaper option.

Read More – How to Make a Beautiful Rockery Garden!

11. Sloped Garden Flower Trail

Create a spectacular point of interest with a beautiful flower trail through your sloped backyard with this tutorial by White Flower Farm.

12. Add a Stone Bench Seating Area With Fire Pit

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Image and by Irytek102 on Reddit – see the full photo gallery here.

What an incredible way to make use of your sloped backyard! It’s not hard to imagine many wonderful nights under the stars, lounging with family and friends, the firepit crackling before you…

A great idea!

13. Carve Rustic Stone Steps Out of the Hillside With Flagstone

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Image and full tutorial by Jaime Haney

Jaime Haney lists all the steps to your very own set of flagstone steps on his blog, with plenty of photos to show you how to go about it. These stone steps fit beautifully into the natural landscape and would make a stunning addition to any sloped backyard!

14. Use Pallets to Create Gardens on a Slope

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Pallet garden idea photo at Hometalk

Julia didn’t like her sloped garden… It was hard to mow and harder to keep it looking nice. She stumbled upon the idea of using pallets as gardens.

Julia isn’t done yet. She’s planning on adding more pallets and stepping stones – then maybe adding vegetables next year.

A fantastic, budget idea!

15. Budget Pond for Sloped Backyard

How to build a garden stream water feature

Using the sloped ground to create a pond gives you so much more scope to get creative, adding in waterfalls and streams running through your yard!

16. Control Run-Off With Stone

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By Denise on Hometalk

Look at how Denise controls water run-off in her sloped garden!

She needed a beautiful idea to help control the flow of the heavy, erosive Arkansas rains. The idea above is one of her downhill paths which winds through a variety of relaxing herbs.

17. Increase Your Space With Raised Beds

These raised gardens, built by Pam in her Carolina garden, are a great way to increase your usable space on a slope!

See how she went about it on her blog.

18. Build a Picnic Table That’s Always Level

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Image by Hometalk

Here’s a simple hack to build a picnic table for your sloped backyard! You can easily DIY this with simple shelf brackets and a tabletop.

19. Build a Shade Garden on a Slope

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Shade garden on a slope. Image by Hometalk.

This is a lovely idea for a budget shade garden in your sloped backyard. Plant hosta, painted ferns, coral bells, variegated Jacob’s ladder, and Astilbe for a natural, work-with-nature approach.

20. Low Maintenance Lawn Alternatives

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Clover is one of the most underrated cover crops for your homestead. Check out the guide from Treehugger for more tips on clover laying – and why clover is sometimes better than a grass lawn!

The big problem with sloped lawns is how to mow them! Get around this problem by planting a low-growing alternative lawn, such as clover or creeping thyme. You can buy premium quality, Oregon-grown white clover seed on Amazon!

21. Sheltered Seating Area for Sloped Backyard

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If you’re not opposed to masonry work, then this breathtaking sheltered seating from SecretGardenOfMine is one of our favorites. It looks cozy – and private!

This sheltered seating area would be great for anyone on a tight budget, as long as you’re not afraid of a bit of hard work! If you don’t have any bricks handy, you can make the retaining wall from reclaimed wood instead.

Read More – How to Easily Stop Weeds From Growing in Rocks!

22. Sloped Backyard Rock Garden

Here’s another brilliant landscaping idea for sloped gardens. I love the rocks – I feel like they add a massive amount of personality to the sloped yard!

Rocks are a great way to add structure and help prevent erosion in a sloped garden. Interplanting your rocks with fragrant herbs and flowers will bring scent and color to your yard.

23. Low-Cost Woodland Trail

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By marieanned1 via Instagram

Trees are a great way to retain soil and prevent erosion on sloped land. A woodland trail can be very cheap to plant, especially if you have a source of trees such as willow to take cuttings.

24. Children’s Play Area for Sloped Land

Another great advantage of sloped land is that you can get creative with the kid’s play area. A longer slope equals a lengthier slide, perfect for hours of outdoor fun!

25. Sheltered Fire Pit Area 

I love how the firepit rests within a slope! I think this adds to the privacy of the fireplace and also makes the party feel more exclusive. Awesome!

Building a fire pit in a sheltered area on your sloped land is a clever way to stop smoke blowing everywhere at your next BBQ.

26. Stock Tank Swimming Pool Built Into the Slope

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Image and design by Cuckoo4Design

I love the creativity of this sloped landscape! Who else wants to go for a dip? Having a hilly yard was never so relaxing – and refreshing!

Don’t think you can’t have the luxuries in life just because you’re on a tight budget!

This excellent swimming pool built into a sloped backyard derives from a stock tank. You may be able to pick a secondhand tank up for very little money or even barter or swap!

Read More – How To Build a Roaring Cinder Block Fire Pit Grill!

27. Create a Gorgeous Retaining Wall Garden

stone retaining walls with gardens on slope

Create a tiered garden with retaining walls at different heights, complemented by gorgeous, lush plants that cascade over the edges. (See our post on the most stunning cascading plants for retaining walls!)

I could see myself grabbing my morning cuppa and meandering through this peaceful landscape!

28. A Slope of Flowers

an amazing wall of flowering plants on a slope

Completely fill your slope with gorgeous flowering plants for a wall of flowers. Add scented flowering plants to make it even more impressive!

29. An Inviting Path Up the Slope

This is a very impressive design idea for sloped backyards! The lawn path, meandering through stone retaining walls, looks incredibly inviting – I just want to skip up there! Add a seating area up the top for the ultimate backyard relaxation.

30. Use the Natural Slope as a Waterfall

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Make your sloped backyard work for you and with nature by adding a waterfall feature! Birds and wildlife may come to visit and you’ll love the sound of trickling water in the background.

31. Create a Classic Landscape With Natural Stone

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Natural stone and big rocks create this lovely landscaped garden on a slope. Add lots of creeping plants to turn it into a rockery the neighbors will be envious of!

32. Use Centerpieces to Break the Slope

lovely tiered garden with big stone steps

Break up the slope with big centerpieces. Include big, natural rocks, pots, shrubs, and trees.

33. Rock Walls to Level the Ground

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Build rock retaining walls at different heights to go with the slope of your backyard. Increase your space and create an interesting centerpiece at the same time.

34. Vertical Rockery

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Create a vertical rockery retaining wall with big rocks and drought-hardy plants, succulents, and creepers.

35. Succulent Water Landscape

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Go from drab to fab with this water feature, surrounded by succulent plants.

36. Go All-Out With Style

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This sloped garden has been turned into an incredible, drought-hardy wall of beauty. Use Yuccas or Pandanus trees for some vertical interest pieces, and lots of colored-foliage plants.

37. Retaining Wall Surrounding the House

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What an amazing design idea! This project would take a fair bit of time but the result is definitely worth it. The gorgeous rock wall adds a beautiful, gigantic raised garden to your backyard and it complements the house.

More Sloped Backyard Ideas on a Budget

Feast your eyes on these amazing photos of sloped backyards and use the inspiration to turn your own slope into a masterpiece!

38. Giant Slip and Slide

39. Terrace Your Slope

40. DIY Stacked Stone Garden Wall

41. Build a Fort on a Slope

42. Terraced Backyard

43. Cave With Slide

44. Amazing Tranquility on a Slope

45. Stairway to Heaven

natural stair case

46. Hillside Slide

47. Rock Garden on a Slope

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Via Bobvila

48. Native Plant Wonderland

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Via Bobvila

49. Artwork on the Hill

50. Build a Deck

51. Stabilize Your Slope With Pallets

52. Gardens With Trellis

53. Chicken Coop on a Slope

54. Horse Trough Hillside Garden

55. Learn to Landscape a Steep Slope the Permaculture Way

56. Stunning Sloped Garden Design

57. Mulch It Well

58. Retaining Wall With Plectranthus

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By The Indigenous Gardener

59. No-Mow Slope With Wild Grasses

60. Use Groundcover Plants to Hold the Slope

61. Make It Maintenance-Free With Helichrysum and Gazania

Sloped Backyard and Hilly Landscaping FAQ

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Adding cement steps or a concrete walkway is one of the best ways to upgrade your sloped garden. If you don’t have the most significant landscaping budget, then there are other alternatives. No worries!

We spend oodles of time researching the best landscaping ideas for sloped backyards.

We also have a ton of experience getting our hands dirty – and we’re happy to share our best sloped backyard insights with you.

Let’s begin!

Is It Bad to Have a Sloped Backyard?

Not at all! Sloped yards might take more effort in landscaping, but you have many more creative opportunities when gardening on a hill.

One thing to be aware of with a sloped backyard is where the water runs off. If the land is sloped downhill towards your house, you might end up with a flooded home! However, the correct drainage should sort this problem out.

How Do I Make My Sloped Garden Look Nice?

Most good things take time and effort, and that includes making your sloped garden beautiful! Start small by focusing on just one area rather than embarking on a massive and daunting landscaping project.

The quickest way to add some interest and features to a sloped garden is to install rock (or stone) steps and add a line of flowering plants or shrubs alongside them. Add some solar lights, and voila – you’ve got a sloped garden feature!

What Can I Plant In My Backyard Slope?

When planting on a slope, consider that water and soil retention may differ from your flatter land! The sloped ground may dry out more quickly, and nutrients may run off the soil.

Look for plants with a healthy root system that will anchor them into the ground. The strong roots will help them to stay put in heavy rainfall and reduce soil erosion.

Perennial plants work better than annuals on sloped land, as they will provide ground cover all year round. My favorites would be edible perennials, such as globe artichokes, interplanted with herbs and smaller fruit bushes.

How Do You Prevent Erosion on a Sloped Yard?

There are two ways to prevent erosion on a sloped yard, either by strategic planting or by landscaping the area.

Using plants is the most natural method of preventing erosion. Roots of trees, shrubs, and plants will hold onto soil and even improve the quality of the dirt over time.

If you have a severe erosion problem, then you may need to give nature a hand. Use supports made from wood, brick, or rock to retain soil, particularly in areas with a high level of water runoff.

What Is the Best Ground Cover for a Hillside?

If you are looking for ground cover for a hillside, look for low-growing plants which spread quickly. Ideally, you don’t want to be mowing or trimming your hillside more than necessary, so plants that are low maintenance work well here.

To cover bare ground on a hillside quickly, scatter seeds of fast-spreading plants such as clover or mustards. You could also consider sowing a wildflower mix to attract beneficial pollinators to your garden.

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These majestic stepping stones are one of the best ways I’ve found to upgrade your backyard slope instantly. Excellent for rockery gardens or simple footpaths!

What Are Your Favorite Sloped Backyard Design Ideas?

Sloped backyard ideas on a budget

We’re always trying to find sloped hill ideas from homesteaders all over the world!

If you have some sloped hill ideas that we haven’t thought of yet – please share!

Also – let us know which sloped hill ideas are your favorite? Does anything catch your attention?

Thanks again for reading!

Please have a great day!

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