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? Read More
Ben Bowen, our head landscape designer (ok, he is our only landscape designer), is profiled by APLD Oregon this month. Also featured is on of our Midcentury Modern landscape design build projects.
Head over here to check out the article about our landscape designer. Read More
We are a full service landscape firm that can take your landscape from concept to completion.
But we know we are not always the best fit for every client or project. And we certainly appreciate that there are a bunch of talented landscape architects and designers here in Portland. So, if you don't work with us, who should you consider? Read More
I use Twitter, like a lot of people, as my personal news feed. For me, that means following other landscapers, designers, manufacturers, gardeners, and industry news media. I follow a bunch of great accounts, but here are 10 that I highly recommend (in no particular order):
If you are a fellow landscaper check the bonus 3 at the end! Read More
What is a modern landscape design?
Modern landscaping is a combination of elements, techniques, materials, and approaches. Not all will be present in every modern outdoor space, but a truly contemporary yard will utilize many.
Check out my list below to get a better understanding of why we say that contemporary landscape design is more than just a style: Read More
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! Read More
Here at Ross NW Watergardens we love natural stone. Our landscape designs are full of it. Patios, fire features, water features, paths, walls, and columns all are best when real stone is used. Boulder groupings are a trademark element of our gardens.
But where does all this stone come from? Where do we buy our boulders, slate, and stepping stones? Here are 4 great stone yards we use: Read More
At some point this winter all the leaves will have dropped, grasses will have been cut back, annuals have died and perennials are dormant. Does that mean your garden has to be sad all winter?
Nope! Here in Portland there are a plethora of fantastic plants that offer winter color, texture, even blooms. Here are 10 of my favorite: Read More
What is more important: the cake or the frosting? I love a good cream cheese frosting as much as the next guy- don't get me wrong. But we all know cake is the reason frosting exists.
When it comes to landscaping, too many people focus on the frosting. Plant material is the frosting. I love it, you love it- but a "landscape" that is nothing but plants is just a big spoonful of frosting. Read More
I get this question all the time. In the summer people are worried about the heat. In the winter they are afraid of the cold. And while it's true, heat and cold can be dangerous to plants, we usually have pretty mild weather here in Portland.
Does that mean you can plant at any time? Read More