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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Stone Masonry- Why So Expensive?

by Ben Bowen

Stone paths, drystack walls, and slate patios may seem simple, they are definitely beautiful. One thing they are not? Cheap.

Of all the landscape services we offer, stone elements are most frequently out of budget for a potential client. The reason concrete pavers and retaining wall systems exist? Because the real deal (stone) is so expensive!

Ok, stone masonry can be a budget buster. Why? Two primary reasons:

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Landscape Maintenance For 2015- Sign Up Now!

by Ben Bowen

Big News! Ross NW Watergardens has slots available for Portland area landscape maintenance clients.

Our routes have been full the last two years, and even existing landscape design and renovation clients have often been referred to other landscapers.

We are happy to be adding to our routes again. 

Would Ross NW Watergardens be right for your landscape care needs?

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Landscape Design Challenge: The Family Yard

by Ben Bowen

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?

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