I'm building an outdoor backdrop in my backyard. I'm building against the south wall because it is in shade all day. I put ivy in the planter (only grows in shade), excavated the ground and now will add a pave stone patio. Started with a retaining wall. After I lay the pave stone patio, I plan on adding a couple runs of brick to the top of the wall and mounting trellis for the ivy to grow on. This has been a lot of work but I think it will be worth it.