How to Landscape Rock Walls to Hide a Propane Tank


When you plan a home landscape, you choose flowers, grass and trees that complement each other in size, shape and growing needs in order to design an attractive, bright environment. However, many home properties also have areas that require camouflage--like walls, bare spots and propane tanks. If you have such a spot, where a tank and wall are conveniently located together, choose some specific vines, bushes and flowers for a beautiful flowering disguise.

Step 1

Prepare your planting sit, from the base of the wall or tank to 2 feet out, so you have a large area for planting. Mix a combination of half compost and half quick-draining soil into the top foot of the site to give any plants a good, nutritious foundation and plenty of drainage. This foundation works for almost any garden plant or flower.

Step 2

Choose your plants and vines. Lilies are hardy, easy-to-grow plants and may be good at the front of the wall and tank fixture. Pick from a wide variety of colors according to your personal preferences and what will match with any other plants in the area. Vines like honeysuckle, bougainvillea and trumpet vine offer bushy, thriving growth that will both cover the tank and wall, and bloom on the side. Plants like this will give you maximum coverage with minimum planting.

Step 3

Plant lily bulbs at the outside edge of your amended soil circle. Put the bulbs 4 inches to 6 inches deep, spaced 8 inches to 12 inches apart, and pack soil around them to eliminate any air pockets. Plant your vines at the base of the structure, per their preferred depths, and drape any growing shoots up over the tank or wall to train the vines. Vines naturally climb and cling to structures like walls, so as they grow they'll learn to cover the wall or tank.

Step 4

Soak the entire site with 2 inches of water, and put all the plants on a weekly schedule with that amount of watering.

Things You'll Need

  • Quick-draining soil
  • Compost
  • Lily bulbs
  • Bougainvillea
  • Trumpet vine
  • Honeysuckle


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