At some point this winter all the leaves will have dropped, grasses will have been cut back, annuals have died and perennials are dormant. Does that mean your garden has to be sad all winter?
Nope! Here in Portland there are a plethora of fantastic plants that offer winter color, texture, even blooms. Here are 10 of my favorite: Read More
Ross NW Watergardens has completed extensive landscape renovations during the winter.
These included water features, patios, retaining walls, irrigation systems, new plants, and more. Contemporary or modern landscapes often utilize large amounts of hardscape, making them great winter projects.
So yes, Landscaping in Portland can be completed year round, but here is what you need to know: Read More
Landscaping is pretty simple: put soil, rocks, and plants (in that order) in place to make your property look it's best.
But that doesn't mean the pursuit of a beautiful garden has been untouched by technology. I have a number of websites that I use almost every week to find plants, get design ideas, and more. Here are 5 that any modern landscape designer or gardener will love: Read More
A landscape design from Ross NW Watergardens can take 3-8 weeks (and occasionally longer) to complete. That might seem like a really long time.
Why does it take weeks to design a landscape?
The answer involves our designer's approach, the property's demands, and our client's style. All these factors influence how long it takes. How long would it take to design your landscape? This post might give you an idea. Read More
What does a patio cost? Get some general guidelines here. Read More
What is a modern landscape design?
Modern landscaping is a combination of elements, techniques, materials, and approaches. Not all will be present in every modern outdoor space, but a truly contemporary yard will utilize many.
Check out my list below to get a better understanding of why we say that contemporary landscape design is more than just a style: Read More
Best Portland Landscapers? My goal is to help you decide which landscaper is right for your garden, property, family, and budget. The list is broken up into three main categories (small, medium, large), with a couple bonus niche categories (organic, irrigation repair, low voltage lighting).
Now, you might be thinking, why would you put this list together? Read More
Are you ready for the cold weather? Is your irrigation system? This landscape pro will tell you what's involved in winterizing your sprinklers, when to do it, and how much it costs. Read More
I have written about design challenges- like the mature landscape- here before. Cutting through the noise of an overgrown garden is hardly the only design challenge we face.
Today, it's the "Family Yard". What is that?
A family yard must meet the demands of every member of the family. Parents want to entertain and garden. Kids want to play (sometimes destructively!) It can be difficult to balance these very different demands. Can it be done? Read More
Every landscape design has it's own challenges. I've talked about our general design philosophy, and offered design tips that apply to many landscapes. I think one type of landscape, in particular, can pose a real challenge: the established landscape. Read More