Landscaping Services for Portland, Oregon

From landscape design to landscape reality...

Ross NW Watergardens is the landscaper you need. Wondering exactly what we do? Keep reading and scrolling- we do just about everything your landscape could possibly need!

What kind of landscaping project do you have in mind?

From a simple yard upgrade to a fantastic outdoor living space, all our projects are built by the same skilled crew of craftsmen. You will appreciate our attention to detail and insistence on quality.

Just as much, though, you will benefit from the relationship we offer. Let's collaborate to build and then nurture a great landscape that really works for you!

The Pacific Northwest has it's own distinct style- natural and sustainable landscapes with an emphasis on hardscape and water. These are our strengths, and we look forward to using them on your project!

Looking to create your own style? If you want the most modern landscape design on the block we can help. Envision a Japanese garden behind your Ladd's Addition home? Have a Rummer that needs a new MCM front yard? Ross NW Watergardens is the landscaper for you.

Serving Portland, OR Since 1999

As a full service landscape design/build firm Ross NW Watergardens can handle almost any project

But what exactly does a full service landscape contractor do? Scroll down the page to see Ross NW Watergardens' landscaping services.

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Landscape Services Ross NW Watergardens Offers Portland Homeowners:

Landscape Design

Starting with a landscape design from Ross NW Watergardens mean you know exactly what you will be getting. When the landscape construction starts there is no uncertainty- you will have a fantastic yard!

Ben Bowen is our landscape designer. Ben takes a collaborative approach, assuring that his style will never dominate yours. The final design will be just right for you, your property and your budget. 

Learn more about the design process and have your landscape design questions answered.

Then contact us to start your design process!

Landscaping Contracting

Our landscaping crew is made up of skilled craftsmen. Our landscapers and masons have been with us for years and have decades of combined experience.

Your Portland landscape project, large or small, will be overseen by Joe Bowen- the owner of Ross NW Watergardens. Your family's property can be trusted to our family of landscapers!

Check out our landscape project portfolio to see what your landscaping can be. It's full of projects from all over the Portland, Oregon area- from Irvington to Orenco and University Park to Charbonneau and Dunthorpe- and probably your neighborhood!



Hardscape is the foundation of most great gardens, the bones of any functional landscape. The materials may be man-made or natural. Either way it just has to be right. A plant can always be moved, but that new patio isn't going anywhere! 

Our stone masons take pride in doing hardscape the right way. Portland's Sylvan Hills are full of basalt walls that are more beautiful than when they were built in the 20's. You can create something just as enduring at your home.

Ross NW Watergardens works with gravel, brick, boulders, slate, basalt slabs, pavers- almost any material you can imagine.  Want a beautiful informal patio? Decomposed granite with steel edging could be a perfect solution. Or maybe a flagstone patio is what you need. Does your home's entry need help to make an impact? Stone columns will do the trick. A sloping yard or steep hillside can be transformed by retaining walls. Your landscape's challenge probably has a hardscape solution.

Water Features

Water features started it all for Ross NW Watergardens. We use large boulders, natural rocks for falls, and never leave liner or plumbing visible.

Our ponds also feature state-of-the-art pumps and filtration systems. Your water feature should be be beautiful and smart! 

We have built dozens of water features all over Portland. Some are simple bubbler or tsukubai installations. Others are modest backyard ponds with a couple small falls. We have also designed and built large koi ponds with gunnite shells. Ross NW Watergardens even renovated a huge pond for the City of Hillsboro! 

Ross NW Watergardens' Ben Bowen featured in TLC article on small water features.


If the basic structure of your garden is complete, let us come and plant it.

We design planting lists and plans for any style. While we have our favorite plants, we won't force you to love them. Nandina and Sambucus Nigra are not for everyone!

We especially enjoy the challenge of low water use landscapes. Native plant gardens, edible gardens, and even "chicken friendly" gardens can be created for you.

Irrigation Systems

Keep your landscape green and happy. We design and install quality sprinkler systems using Rainbird, Hunter, and Toro components. 

Contact us today to find out about low water use sprinkler systems. (No "Water Hog" list for you!)

Drip irrigation, pressure regulating heads, low precipitation nozzles, and smart timers can all be combined to design a lean and green irrigation system.

Landscaping in Lake Oswego

The city of Lake Oswego, OR does a great job of protecting it's water, land, and urban forest.

This does, however, make designing and implementing a landscaping project extra challenging.

Ross NW Watergardens has many completed projects in Lake Oswego. We know what codes and regulations come into play and are comfortable working with the city. Use our experience to your advantage!

Stone Masonry

Hardscaping involves many materials, both man made and natural.

Masonry is all about stone.

Natural stone, slate, and boulders are not easy to work with. Painstaking care is taken with each piece of stone. Slate is carefully chipped and fitted. The right stone is used in the right place for a perfect fit. It's slow and not inexpensive. But it lasts forever and looks better every year.

Our experienced masons have the skill required to craft long lasting masonry elements that will enhance your Portland home's landscaping.

We design and build stone retaining wall, seating walls, slate patios, fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, and more. Our skill with stone is one of the advantages we offer all our landscape clients!

Custom Boulder Setting

We love setting boulders as part of our landscaping projects and take pride in doing it right.

Boulders anchor the landscape. In some landscapes boulders are the foundation. Other gardens make boulders the stars.

The plant material and seasons changes, but rocks just... are.

We have braided metal cables that are custom manufactured just for us. These cables allow us to carefully lift large stones and set them in your landscape exactly the way we want- with no scarring.

Rock of all sizes is a fundamental element of a great landscape. Shouldn't your landscape contractor be an expert in handling them?

Our boulder setting method is described in this article.

Japanese Gardens

Japanese landscaping is perfect for Portland. It's not just chance that we are home to the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan.

We have similar weather, plant material- and even a few designers, landscape architects, and landscape contractors with the skill and experience to build great Japanese landscapes.

Check out this review to see why we feel we are one of them!

We utilize our local materials in a way that evokes Japanese gardens. Ross NW Watergardens uses bamboo, Japanese maples, contorted pines, water, and even fire to bring your Japanese garden to life.

Want a truly authentic Japanese landscape? Let us work with you to make that a reality.

Fences and Garden Structures

The Pacific Northwest is blessed with an abundance of natural wood choices. Cedar especially can be a great addition to your landscape. Check out this video featuring our Landscape Manager, Ben Bowen, and some of the fences we build.

Ross NW Watergardens builds custom fences, screens, and other garden structures. Outdoor living is defined by these elements- let's get them right!

Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting allows you to enjoy your garden for more hours every day. We design systems with style and restraint.

Just a few well placed lights can reveal your landscape in a whole new way. Let our skilled landscape designers put together a lighting plan for your landscape.

LED low voltage lamps are very efficient and last for years.  You put so much into your landscape- why not enjoy it at night!

Landscaping Maintenance and Lawn Care

Ross NW Watergardens provides residential and commercial landscape maintenance. We serve Portland's east side, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Clackamas, Damascus, Oregon City, and Milwaukie. Our routes are often full, but please contact us. If we can not provide landscape services we can refer you to another excellent landscaper who can!

 We especially enjoy working with communities on HOA landscaping. We have the skilled crews and communication skills needed to keep you and your neighbors happy! 

Ross NW Watergardens' Landscape Warranty

We don't just design and build great gardens- we stand behind them. Our warranty includes:

  • Hardscaping including pavers, slate, concrete, and stone masonry carries a one year warranty.
  • Water features have a one year warranty.
  • Irrigation systems have a one year warranty.
  • Fences and screens have a one year warranty.
  • Low voltage lighting has a one year warranty.
  • Plants, with an irrigation system, have a 90 day warranty.
  • Plants, without an irrigation system, have no warranty.
  • Transplanted plants have no warranty.

Ross NW Watergardens Service Area:

If you are within driving distance of the original Voodoo Doughnut, then we are ready to work with you! That's Portland, Lake Oswego and all the other suburbs.

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