I want to put up a fence like this by my obnoxious neighbor. Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape Horizontal black timber batten screen with corten gate. Pinned to Garden Design - Walls, Fences and Screens by Darin Bradbury.
Instead of using stone or timbers, make an attractive, long-lasting retaining wall from pressure-treated plywood and trim boards. Construction is fast and simple, and the materials are much lighter to work with. How to Build a Retaining Wall - Summary
Black thumb be damned, I love filling my home with plants. Prickly cactus, chubby-leaved succulents and sprawling ivy are my favorite types of greenery. Mainly because they are the easiest to care for (Favorite Spaces Window)
Fun idea for backyard -- I can see myself spending way too much time right here... #frontyardlandscapediyonabudget