I can read your mind (just when it comes to your yard). You do not want to spend more time caring for their landscapes. You want to spend less time, even no time if possible.
In an effort to give you what you want, here are 10 ways to lessen the amount of time needed to care for your landscape- and most of them of them are serious. Read More
You like contemporary landscape design. You picture a garden influenced by modernism, maybe even minimalism. But your home is decidedly not modern.
Should you forge ahead? Yes. Your landscape does not have to be held hostage to your home's style. Here are 5 guidelines to keep in mind: 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
Lake Oswego, Oregon is one of our favorite places to work (don't tell Portland). If you look at our Portfolio you will see that many of our best projects have been there. In fact, three of those Lake Oswego landscape projects are actually on Lake Oswego. So, yes, Lake O has been good to us.
But is it the easiest place to execute a landscape project? Read More
You did your research (or paid a designer to). You went to the nursery (or paid your landscaper to). You carefully chose a location for your new plant, dug a hole, and planted it (or...you get the picture). Then you watered the plant and waited for it to grow.
Now, less than a year later, it is dead or dying. What happened? I have 3 good answers for you: Read More
Putting a landscape design together for a client is a process. Sometimes a long process.
It may take time, but the design process has a purpose and our clients enjoy it.
Find out why it's a good thing that Ross NW Watergardens landscape designs take time:
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
Many landscapes revolve around the obligatory lawn. Do you really need one?
If the lawn does not perform some useful function in your landscaping or landscape design- why have one? Lawns take copious amounts of water, fertilizer, and other chemicals to keep happy. Maybe you should reconsider that turf.
Check out some great options for lawn-free landscaping:
The Mid-Century Modern aesthetic was meant to bring the outdoors in. Doesn't that mean that MCM homes should have great landscapes? It sure seems like it does!
But how do you design a landscape for an atomic ranch? There is no one right answer, but designer Ben Bowen of Ross NW Watergardens has some suggestions for you: Read More
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! Read More