This is on the other side of the front porch stairs.
You can see, it was an overgrown mess. That's what happens when we just put stuff there and then don't get to it over the Fall and Winter. Several of the plants we put there in containers were lost in the January freeze.
So the first thing I did was take everything out, threw away what was dead, then I cleared out as much of the weeds and grass as possible and put down cardboard (missed that picture).
I put in extra timbers, along the front and rear, and locked them in place with the rebar. We had another Vitex tree (like on the other side of the stairs in the corner bed) and I put it in the ground so that we'll have the same bush on each side and we'll keep it pruned to bush size (purple flowers). The last thing to do was to fill it all up with soil and there are several bags in here. Since we had a couple of marigolds left over, I put them in too. The rest is empty for now.
Our main goal is to get them built and filled with soil now so they are ready for plantings. Then we can buy small plants and/or seeds later and let them fill in.
It's hard to tell in this picture but this bed stops about 18" from the water faucet/main water valve shut off to the house. The timbers will ultimately run the full length of the front of the house including the water faucet area but the soil parts of the bed will stop and start on each side of the faucet. My next project will be to keep going and get the faucet area cleaned up and filled with gravel, then start on the flowerbeds further down from there.
It just time and labor, right?
Now if the weather will just cooperate!