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
When you sign an agreement with us, and pay a deposit, you get a start date for your project. Some times of the year that may be 4 weeks away, other times it may be 14 weeks. Either way, you have a start date and are in the schedule. What does that mean?
The start date is a target. No new projects will go in front of you, your deposit ensures that. However, it is common for projects to start a week or more past the start date on the agreement. Why? Read More
Ross NW Watergardens used to do a lot of irrigation system and water feature repairs. Back then we had one landscape crew, no maintenance crews, and didn't do any design work. We now have multiple crews and do quite a few designs. We don't want to add technicians, so...
We are no longer taking on repairs for systems or features we did not install ourselves. But don't worry, we have some great referrals for you: Read More
Everyone wants a deal. I get it. So you have three bids, from three landscape companies. Why is one bid higher than the others? Should you just go with the low bid?
There is often a good reason one bid is higher. And sometimes that means you would be wise to pay it. But there are projects where the low bidder probably makes sense. I will explain it all here: Read More
Clean, sleek, sophisticated. This not how I would describe a typical Portland landscape. Our gardens are lush and rowdy. Portland is full of gorgeous gardens- but very few modern ones.
Is that changing? Is Portland on the cusp of embracing a more modern landscape design aesthetic?
I think so, for a couple reasons: Read More
"Low maintenance" is subjective. Some people are fine with 1-3 afternoons spent in the garden each month. There are also people who really want NO maintenance (and a unicorn for a pet).
I am not sure what low maintenance means to you, but I do know that that there some basic keys to keeping maintenance demands under control. Here are 3 that I incorporate into low maintenance landscapes: Read More
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. Read More
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Take $500.00 off your landscape installation project of over $10,000.00...
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No, our site was not hacked by some other Portland landscaper.
We just realize that we should not try to be "all things to all people". And that's ok. Your landscaper is out there.
Here are a couple reasons you might NOT want to hire us for your landscape project: Read More
The last time I wrote on this blog about landscaping on a budget, it was 2013. Since then that post has been on of our most popular, both on the website and Pinterest.
I am a people pleaser so I am back to give you what you want: MORE ways to landscape your yard without spending a fortune. Read More