10 Great Winter Plants

by Ben Bowen

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:

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Can You Landscape In Winter?

by Ben Bowen

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:

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10 Great Websites For Landscapers & Gardeners

by Ben Bowen

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: 

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Why Do Our Landscape Designs Take So Long?

by Ben Bowen

A landscape design from Ross NW Watergardens can take 3-8 weeks (and occasionally longer) to complete. That might seem like a really long time. 

Why does it take weeks to design a landscape?

The answer involves our designer's approach, the property's demands, and our client's style. All these factors influence how long it takes. How long would it take to design your landscape? This post might give you an idea.

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Is Your Landscape Modern? 23 Characteristics of a Contemporary Landscape.

by Ben Bowen

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:

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Portland Landscapers You Want To Know for 2017

by Ben Bowen

Best Portland Landscapers? My goal is to help you decide which landscaper is right for your garden, property, family, and budget. The list is broken up into three main categories (small, medium, large), with a couple bonus niche categories (organic, irrigation repair, low voltage lighting).

Now, you might be thinking, why would you put this list together?

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Landscape Design Challenge: The Family Yard

by Ben Bowen

I have written about design challenges- like the mature landscape- here before. Cutting through the noise of an overgrown garden is hardly the only design challenge we face.

Today, it's the "Family Yard". What is that?

A family yard must meet the demands of every member of the family. Parents want to entertain and garden. Kids want to play (sometimes destructively!) It can be difficult to balance these very different demands. Can it be done?

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