Stone paths, drystack walls, and slate patios may seem simple, they are definitely beautiful. One thing they are not? Cheap.
Of all the landscape services we offer, stone elements are most frequently out of budget for a potential client. The reason concrete pavers and retaining wall systems exist? Because the real deal (stone) is so expensive!
Ok, stone masonry can be a budget buster. Why? Two primary reasons: Read More
If you are reading this we have met to discuss your landscape project. We discussed two ways that, as the landscape designer here at Ross NW Watergardens, I can help your project move forward. The first is a formal landscape design and the second is a detailed proposal. Which is right for you? Read More
As a homeowner, landscaper, designer or architect we spend a lot of time deciding what to put into our landscapes.
It is just as important, though, to know what not to include in your design. Landscape preferences are subjective, of course. But the following three things should never be in your Portland landscape design. 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
People are looking for landscapes that are low maintenance and don't take much water. When you think artificial turf Portland is probably the last place that would come to mind.The rain is plentiful and "authenticity" is valued yet the demand for artificial lawns is growing rapidly. Read More
And retaining walls too. See how we are using this ancient art in very modern landscapes! Read More
Most landscapers can keep their customers happy on a good day. But what happens when a project goes sideways?
There are a couple common ways of responding: Read More
Yes, Portland is full of bad sprinkler systems. Inefficient, leaky, even illegal irrigation systems.
Don't let your new sprinklers be installed like that. Here is what you
need to know about irrigation systems and irrigation installers. Read More
Rainwater management in Portland Oregon is a big deal. How can you capture rain from your property and landscape and then manage or even utilize it? This rainwater management guide from Ross NW Watergardens will help you understand. 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