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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High Desert Landscapes in Portland?

by Ben Bowen

Portland is not a desert. Ferns, azaleas, rhododendrons, and moss all thrive here. Those are not desert plants.

But what if you are tired of that plant selection? And want something different? Something water wise and low maintenance? Then perhaps a high desert landscape design would be perfect.

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5 Easy Ways To Banish Boring From Your Landscape

by Ben Bowen

Most residential landscape designs  in Portland are boring. We use the same plants, in the same ways, and spend less than an hour a week caring for them. The results are... boring.

Is it difficult to create a yard that grabs the eyes of people? Not really. Adding just one or two key elements to your current landscape can make a huge impact. Here are 5 of my favorite ways to wake up a slumbering landscape:

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Why We Might Decline Your Project

by Ben Bowen

And why it isn't a bad thing.

Rejection hurts. I totally get that. And when someone says "It's not you, it's me" it doesn't feel any better.

Knowing this makes it difficult for me to do what I sometimes have to do: decline a potential client's landscaping project.

So why would we turn down the opportunity to work with you?

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Should I Remove That Plant?

by Ben Bowen

Does guilt keep you from doing what you know you need to do- remove unwanted plants from your garden? Do you just keep adding new plants, creating new problems and regrets?

Constant addition to a garden usually results in chaos and death (plant related, so not that serious.) At times the best solution is to remove a plant. When should you seriously consider pulling a plant?

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Portland's Lan Su Chinese Garden Admission Free For 9 Days!

by Ben Bowen

For 9 days in January you can get free admission to the excellent Lan Su Chinese Garden. 

If you have never been to the Chinese Garden you are missing out! The garden is small, but every square inch is covered with intricate beauty.

For more on the Chinese Garden's Nine Free Days check out the full post.

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Focal Points In Modern Landscapes- 5 Possibilities

by Ben Bowen

 I love a clean, even spartan, modern landscape. Minimalism can be great.

But for a space to be truly livable it needs a hook- something that grabs your attention the 100th time you see it. Clean element next to clean element next to clean element, all perfectly proportioned... after a couple viewings your mind just skips over it.

Here are 5 elements that could be a focal point in your modern garden space:

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