Abuza: Complete? Are gardens ever complete?! The hardscaping probably took about two weeks—though it's hard to say as I wasn't working on it full-time. After bringing the materials in, it was really just me doing the installation. I put in the majority of the plants in about five long days—but of course there were some additions and changes, as there will continue to be throughout time. I would say with soil amendments, hardscaping, and plants, it took about 8 to 10 weeks because I was only working on it part-time.