I was able to get lots of information from the owners of this garden. This is how they did it:
“To build the wall, we had to fill and level the yard, which required multiple trips to Home Depot for bags of topsoil and clay breaker, and many hours (and a few fights) digging and mixing. We ordered the stone (1.1 tons of it!!) for the stacked stone wall from a place out in Maryland and built the wall ourselves in a few hours, with the help of my handy father-in law. We laid the sod ourselves and planted all the flowers ourselves. There was some trial and error, and I ended up ripping out everything that was in the lower level last fall after planting way too many coreopsis that took over. And I should add that neither of us had ever done any gardening, ever, so there was a lot of winging it and guessing involved. We did it all for under $1500, probably, even including all the stuff that got ripped out and replaced.
This year, everything is really filling in and looking great. The vines – Carolina jessamine, several types of clematis, and two kinds of honeysuckle. The jessamine is blooming now, although the rain may’ve done it in, and the front of our trellis is all bright yellow flowers. I redid the lower level on Saturday with some phlox and some more day lilies. We’ll have to make another trip to Behnke’s because we underestimated.”
Check out another angle after the jump. And of course if you have gardens that you’re proud of shoot me an email.