When we moved in a lot of our yard was fairly au naturel, and we have been gradually developing it with stairs, planters and gates to keep the deer out. A few weeks back J started this set of stairs leading to the lower yard, and we have been fleshing out the bed with plants; maroon hibiscus, oregano, cat nip, yarrow and comfrey. We have also planted humming bird vines along the fencing so it fills in with something pretty rather than just being a cold metal fence. The stairs turned out really nicely and we have almost finished filling the steps with stones. In this space before was just a sloping lawn with weeds and tall grasses growing along the fence. Some in progress shots after the jump.