Cinderblock garden wall- how to dress up

Richmond, VA(Zone 7a)

I have a friend with the backside of a 6 foot cinderblock wall down one side of their property. It has scraggly ivy on it now, but they want to make it look better. I was thinking some sort of dyed cement coating, not exactly stucco, since it's a tudor style house. Any ideas? (The dog pen remains are going to go. The wall runs right beside a nice sun room- 16 feet away.)

Appreciate your thoughts-

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So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

I see nothing wrong with parging the wall, and then the finish can be any number of styles. My personal is knock-down stucco, but tht's me.

edited to add:
Definition: A rough coat of mortar applied over a masonry wall as protection or finish.

This message was edited Dec 23, 2004 7:06 PM

Richmond, VA(Zone 7a)

Thanks- I was hoping you'd answer. I checked your very helpful link, and looked up cultured stone. I think that's going to be the answer.

Merry Christmas and Happy (belated) Solstice!


Washingtonville, NY(Zone 6a)

Is it a south facing wall?

If it is with or without stucco, I'd espallier dwarf fruit trees on it!

Richmond, VA(Zone 7a)

Thanks for the thought, but the wall is in shade, and I don't think fruit trees would do well enough. I ended up recommending a field stone facing.

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