I was able to tell others that I placed every bit of hardscape and all of the plants into the garden by myself. With the exception, of course, of the deck and pergola! I had planned for years to build a retaining wall, and after researching it by watching endless youtube videos and reading a variety of articles and books, I came to the conclusion that this type of project was out of my skill set. This is basically what I started with. There had been a large maple tree here. This tree was just too close to the house and had many dead limbs that would fall during any type of storm. The tree just had to go.
The tree was removed and later I had the stump removed. It was quite the job. I had to have the stump dug out twice. I then had to be patient, waiting for another year to pass by to begin the project. The amount of sunlight provided to the road side garden was great . I had noticeable better blooms in that garden. Waiting was actually a good thing, since I had so many decisions to make concerning the wall. I found a good landscape builder, that was the first and my best decision. Then the design and function of the wall had to be finalized. Supplies came, and construction began.
The building took over a week to complete. It was so exciting to watch the construction.
My neighbor was not home the week of construction, which made everything much easier. I was able to use her driveway for the construction vehicles and supplies.
The steps turned out great. They are made from a manufactured composite and will last an eternity regardless of weather conditions. The steps look like a natural cut stone. They are very heavy and had to be placed with a forklift. I also noted that the builders were leveling each and every stone that they placed. Such quality workmanship. I was beyond pleased with the final results. Drainage was used throughout.
The finished result was exactly what I had imagined.
A little bit of whimsy for the wall.
The planting was fun and I did add more daylilies in this new bed along with other perennials. . I also transplanting several iris from other garden beds. The center of the bed has two yellow peonies and a very dark peony, named Buckeye Belle. Also planted over 200 daffodils and 50 hyacinths. I can only imagine what it will look like in the spring.
I mulched in the mums that were planted late summer in hopes that they will return next fall. This new raised bed should have continual blooms starting in early spring . It was such a good feeling to get to higher ground. Now I need to go through more pictures as this heavy snow is falling here. Happy Gardening Dreams!