Which Concrete Paver Should You Choose?

by Ben Bowen

I find that many of my customers agonize over their paver choice. And I understand why.

There are hundreds of pavers from several manufacturers available at over a dozen locations in the Portland area. And once that patio or walkway is in place, it's not going anywhere.

How are you supposed to decide?

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5 Portland Nurseries You Have To Know About

by Ben Bowen

Finding plants for our landscape projects is often a part of my daily routine. And I love it. Browsing row after row of plants is a great way to spend a morning.

I have been to maybe 30-40 nurseries in the Portland area. A few of these really jump out as "must see" nurseries. Here they are, in no particular order.

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5 Places To Find Landscape Design Ideas

by Ben Bowen

All great landscape designs hinge on one really great idea. Finding the inspiration for that idea can be difficult at times. Where does inspiration come from?

Here are 5 places that I find inspiration and ideas for landscape designs.

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Bespoke Landscaping

by Ben Bowen

"Bespoke" is an adjective used to describe things that are made to order. 

What would characterize a bespoke landscape design? And how can you find a bespoke landscaper?

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The "Inspired" Landscape

by Ben Bowen

You probably have a landscape design style that speaks to you. But is purity your goal? For most of us, an "inspired" landscape is more realistic. Japanese-inspired and English-inspired landscapes are common. 

Why is the "inspired" garden a good approach for many landscapes?

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Designing Water Features For Small Spaces

by Ben Bowen

This month's Total Landscape Care magazine has a cover article on fitting water features into small spaces.

Look for Ben Bowen (our landscape designer) and his design tips in the article!

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Landscape Design Is A (Long) Process

by Ben Bowen

Putting a landscape design together for a client is a process. A long process. Sometimes a very long process.

I can't do a  landscape design in a day and would not even want to try!

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How Can I Improve My Water Feature?

by Ben Bowen

Not all ponds and waterfalls are great.

Ready to fix yours?  Let's bring that water feature up to snuff. What can you do to improve an existing water feature?

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Ross NW Watergardens' Design Agreements

by Ben Bowen

View a sample landscape design proposal from Ross NW Watergardens.

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Ross NW Watergardens Profiled by Total Landscape Care

by Ben Bowen

As mentioned on this blog, and anywhere else I could find, we were named a finalist for TLC's "Landscaper of the Year" program last fall. It is an honor and has been a great experience for us.

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