The most effective way of dealing with a sloping site is to terrace it and so create a series of small, level gardens linked by several nights of steps. These give an opportunity to include several different types of gardens – e.g., Rose, herbaceous, etc. – in one general area. In such a scheme, it is, of course, necessary to retain the soil at each level, but the supports can introduce unusual features which can give special interest. The pockets of a stone retaining wall, for example, can be filled with alpines; a bank can accommodate a rockery or be planted out with colourful dwarf Rhododendrons, while, if the soil is peaty, a peat-block wall will provide a feature in itself.