Enhancing Landscapes with Plantable Retaining Wall Blocks:

Transforming outdoor spaces into vibrant and functional areas has become a popular trend in landscaping. In this blog post, we’ll explore the concept of living retaining walls, combining insights from our earlier blog posts on the subject. Historically, retaining walls have been composed of many different materials. In recent times, the use of railroad ties, wood timbers, concrete blocks and more are commonly found in the landscape.

Most recently modular concrete blocks have been adapted for use in block retaining walls and they come in many sizes, face textures and colors. What is becoming more common is blocks that are filled with soil and then planted to create unique living retaining walls.

In this post you will learn more about the innovative use of plantable retaining wall blocks to create stunning and sustainable landscapes that not only serve their structural purpose but also contribute to the overall beauty of your surroundings.

The Basics of Living Retaining Walls:

Living retaining walls, as discussed in “Living Retaining Wall Project Review,” offer a unique and eco-friendly approach to landscaping. These walls incorporate living plants, turning them into vertical gardens that not only provide an aesthetic appeal but also bring numerous environmental benefits. The structural support provided by these walls helps prevent soil erosion, while the plants contribute to improved air quality and biodiversity.

Landscaping with Living Retaining Walls:

In “Landscaping with Living Retaining Walls,” the focus shifts to the creative possibilities that these walls offer for outdoor design. The integration of different plant varieties can turn an ordinary retaining wall into a dynamic and ever-changing living masterpiece. The blog emphasizes the flexibility in design, allowing homeowners and landscapers to choose plants that suit their preferences, climate, and maintenance requirements.

See the planting in action on YouTube!

The Beauty and Benefits of Living Retaining Walls:

Expanding on the benefits, as highlighted in “Beauty and Benefits of Living Retaining Walls,” we delve into the visual appeal and positive impact on the environment. These walls not only enhance the overall aesthetics of the landscape but also create microhabitats for beneficial insects and birds. The integration of greenery into urban spaces contributes to a sense of well-being and connection with nature.

Innovative Plantable Retaining Wall Blocks:

Now, let’s explore the next level of innovation in landscaping with the use of plantable retaining wall blocks. Combining the structural strength of traditional retaining walls with the plantability factor takes the concept to a new level. As discussed in the previous blog posts, these plantable blocks offer an excellent solution for those looking to merge functionality and beauty seamlessly.


Living retaining walls, especially when incorporating plantable retaining wall blocks, redefine the way we approach landscaping. Beyond their structural purpose, these walls contribute to sustainability, biodiversity, and visual appeal. By integrating living elements into hardscapes, homeowners and landscapers can create harmonious outdoor spaces that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. You may even be tempted to plant your retaining wall with edible plants as part of your garden design? Embrace the beauty and benefits of living retaining walls with plantable blocks to elevate your landscape to new heights.

  • Varden blocks with fabric in trough
  • Varden living retaining wall blocks with base row backfilled with soil-2
  • Soil filled varden blocks
  • Close up picture of planted retaining wall
  • Base course of varden blocks installed
  • Soil filled varden retaining wall blocks
  • Nicely planted living retaining wall
  • Retaining Wall Hidden behind vegetation
  • Varden block planted with strawberries
  • Full pallet of varden blocks with rails on top
  • Freshly installed Varden living retaining wall
  • Newly constructed living retaining wall

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About the Author: Mark Woolbright

Mark Woolbright is an inventor and innovator of living walls with over 30 years in design, manufacture, marketing, and installation of plantable, living wall systems. Mark graduated from Eastern Illinois University and is currently Managing Member of Greenwall Ventures, LLC, and most recently, CEO/Founder of Verdtech, Inc. Throughout his career, he has been awarded twelve patents, with more applications pending. Mark has served on the Board of the St. Louis USGBC, as a member of the Green Wall Committee of GRHC which develops course curriculum for its Green Walls 101 course and is a certified Biophilic Design trainer through GPGB. He is passionate about educating the building community on the environmental benefits of Living Walls and best practices for their use. If you have questions on living walls, contact Mark at (314) 279-8905 or markw@verdtech.com. View his creations and services at www.verticalgardensupply.com