I'm in the process of replacing a retaining wall that was supporting a small "flower bed" in the front of this house because it had started to lean to the point it was unsafe. Unfortunately, I'm at a bit of a standstill because the type of stone blocks I have to work with have the flanges for offsetting the stone rows to slope backwards. As you can see the in provided picture, the stairs and the concrete wall meet a 90 degree angle. I'd like the wall to be plumb and flush with both the stairs and the concrete wall. This doesn't seem feasible with the standard prefabricated backwards sloping designs because it would create a pretty sizable gap between the wall and the top of the stairs and also look pretty ugly where it would meet the concrete wall.
My question to you guys is how do I construct a completely vertical/plumb wall using the blocks I have while also ensuring I maintain structural integrity of the wall? Can I knock off the flanges and use mortar, rebar, or any other supporting material? I should mention there are three different concrete slabs at the base, in the middle, and near the top of the stairs. The base slab sits only a 1/2" below the top of the first stair. Because of this, I'm not sure if I could even get a solid footing.
Thanks and any help is appreciated!