Particularly in the USA, I think we have this tendency to be overly concerned with keeping things pristine and new. In other parts of the world is is common to see less than perfect and more time worn stone walls and garden structures. We tend to find them beautiful and scenic.
While new is nice, there is also a place for the rustic natural stone walls with enough dirt on them that you can plant your bulbs on top of or on the sides of the walls rather than just in the ground beneath. This faux wabi-sabi can be built into the design of the wall.
Concha over at Saidos da Concha took these images near her home in rural Staffordshire, England. I think they are beautiful and I am wondering if I can let go of a little bit of perfectionism in my masonry projects to allow in a bit of rugged earthy beauty like these plants provide.