Rain Gardens: Depressions For A Happy Garden

by Ben Bowen

Rain hits your roof, driveway, and patios. All that rain that should be nourishing plants and replenishing groundwater supplies. But since it has picked up oil, chemicals, and debris so it has to be treated like waste. What a shame, right?

Happily, there is a way to mitigate the  damaging effects of all those impervious surfaces. Rain gardens to the rescue!

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SW Portland Japanese Garden

by Ben Bowen

This garden, in SW Portland, is a beautiful example of small garden design. I wish I could say that I had designed it- but the designer is Mike Ellena of Ellena Gardens.

This narrow courtyard now houses a Japanese garden. And while it has many elements, it does not seem busy- a product of great design and a skillful installation.

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10 Ways To Lower Maintenance On Your Landscape

by Ben Bowen

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.

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Who Is Portland's Best Landscaper?

by Ben Bowen

What if just one company could hold the title of "Portland's Best Landscaper"? Who would win?

I think that "Who is Portland's best landscaper?" is really the wrong question to be asking. "Who is Portland's best landscaper for me?" is much better. To help you figure that out I have a list of companies below. I omitted Ross NW Watergardens just to fair.

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Do You Need A Fire Pit This Fall?

by Ben Bowen

Summer is waning, fall is around the corner. What will get you outside to enjoy your landscape in the fall and winter? Nothing draws a happy crowd like a fire on a cool evening. A fire pit or fireplace may be just the ticket!

If Ross NW Watergardens design a fire pit or outdoor fireplace fro your landscape, there are many options available. Check out a few!

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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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