Drought Tolerant Plants- My Favorites

by Ben Bowen

People are thinking about the use of drought tolerant plants.  It's a trend that has been gaining steam for a number of years, but the weather in Portland this summer has accelerated it. Almost every client I have met with in the last 2-3 months has mentioned low-water use as a priority.

If you are looking for drought tolerant plant suggestions, you have come to the right place. My favorites are below. Let's all work together to create distinct gardens that are water-wise!

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How Our Schedule Works

by Ben Bowen

When you sign an agreement with us, and pay a deposit, you get a start date for your project. Some times of the year that may be 4 weeks away, other times it may be 14 weeks. Either way, you have a start date and are in the schedule. What does that mean?

The start date is a target. No new projects will go in front of you, your deposit ensures that. However, it is common for projects to start a week or more past the start date on the agreement. Why?

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We Can't Do Your Repair But These Guys Can

by Ben Bowen

 Ross NW Watergardens used to do a lot of irrigation system and water feature repairs. Back then we had one landscape crew, no maintenance crews, and didn't do any design work. We now have multiple crews and do quite a few designs. We don't want to add technicians, so...

We are no longer taking on repairs for systems or features we did not install ourselves. But don't worry, we have some great referrals for you:

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Why is one quote higher and should you take the low bid?

by Ben Bowen

Everyone wants a deal. I get it. So you have three bids, from three landscape companies. Why is one bid higher than the others? Should you just go with the low bid?

There is often a good reason one bid is higher. And sometimes that means you would be wise to pay it. But there are projects where the low bidder probably makes sense. I will explain it all here:

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Are Portland Landscapes Getting More Modern?

by Ben Bowen

Clean, sleek, sophisticated. This not how I would describe a typical Portland landscape. Our gardens are lush and rowdy. Portland is full of gorgeous gardens- but very few modern ones.

Is that changing? Is Portland on the cusp of embracing a more modern landscape design aesthetic?

I think so, for a couple reasons:

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So You Want A Low Maintenance Landscape

by Ben Bowen

"Low maintenance" is subjective. Some people are fine with 1-3 afternoons spent in the garden each month. There are also people who really want NO maintenance (and a unicorn for a pet). 

I am not sure what low maintenance means to you, but I do know that that there some basic keys to keeping maintenance demands under control. Here are 3 that I incorporate into low maintenance landscapes:

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What Plants You Should Plant Now? These 6:

by Ben Bowen

Spring time is planting time in the Pacific Northwest.  You have your favorite shovel, some good soil to amend with, and a hankering for some hard work. But there is just one problem:

What should you plant?

I have written about plants many times, but today I am just going to tell you about plants I love.  And just so I don't get carried away, let's limit it to 6.

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Ross NW Watergardens' 2015 Spring Coupon!

by Ben Bowen

Save on your next landscaping project, with our awesome (silly) new coupon!

Everyone likes to save a little money, right? Well here is your chance:

Take $500.00 off your landscape installation project of over $10,000.00...

(See full blog for the important details!)

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