The budget of 15K (which included a 90ft stacked concrete raised garden wall, new drain system for backyard, extensive grading, new irrigation, plants, vegetable garden, and a rustic open-style patio overhang ) wouldn't cover the replacement of the concrete block wall with something prettier, so the homeowner painted it. (Shades of blue and green tend to be safer choices for garden wall colors -- they are usually more successful than riskier colors - like reds, pinks, or yellows which can clash with plantings)
Recycled material were used where-ever possible. The stacked (reclaimed) concrete wall was $40 per pallet as compared to $300- $500 per pallet for real stone -- but it still has rustic country charm.
Gazebo dreams were swapped for two Cassia leptophylla "Golden Wonder" trees that will eventually form a natural shade canopy and crown the sitting area with golden yellow flowers in the summer.
For more details (including a full plant list) for this garden take a visit to Shirley's EdenMakers Blog.
(Images: with permission ©Garden World Media EdenMakersblog.com)
(Re-edited from a post originally published 02.29.12 - NM)