Happy Valley is a great place for you to live and for Ross NW Watergardens to work.

But Happy Valley is not without its challenges.

For example:

  • Many of the lots are sloped, which means it takes extra effort to create usable landscape areas for your family to use.

  • If your home is new construction then you probably have a front yard that is very basic and a backyard that needs pretty much everything.

  • Dry wells handle runoff, which is great. But the location of them, and grading around them, often makes it difficult to hide them or even work around them.

  • Houses are usually tall and often close together. This makes it very challenging to find the privacy most people want for their yards and decks.

These challenges are real but solvable. In fact, challenging spaces often produce fantastic landscapes. The key is to work with a landscape design-build team that can handle all the challenges your property provides.

Contact us today and our designer, Ben Bowen, will meet you at your home in Happy Valley to discuss your landscape design and build needs.


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Reviews from Ross NW Watergardens' Clients:

Misha A. I heavily researched the installation of a koi pond, retaining wall, irrigation system, stepping stones and a lawn in our backyard. I met with at least five different landscapers and received formal bids on the work. I was very impressed with Ben and Joe Bowen who own Ross NW Watergardens for their knowledge, attention to detail, and professionalism... They gave me a very detailed bid which seemed quite fair (but not the cheapest)... I am happy to give them 5/5 stars for their exceptional work. -Houzz

Tim B. The crew was very professional, hard working and knew their trade(s) extremely well. They cleaned up the area on a daily basis and the entire work-site when complete. The finished product is amazing - we're very happy with all aspects of the design, materials used and workmanship. We would highly recommend Ross NW Watergardens to anyone - in fact we did, our neighbors just got their yard done and it looks great too. -Houzz



Small Area Garden Tips:

Many Happy Valley homes have tiny landscapes spaces. Can a small garden be a great garden?

Absolutely. And it isn't even that hard. Use the right tools in the right way and even the smallest outdoor space can bloom. Here are just a few of the concepts we use when executing a small garden design

  • Go vertical. Tall plants make a small or narrow space feel larger. Tiny Tower Italian Cypress, Wissel's Saguaro False Cypress, and Sky Pencil Holly are favorites of mine. For a great list of tall plants for small spaces (I go to this all the time while designing) check this post from le jardinet.

  • Use containers. Container gardening utilizes pots, planters, and troughs to create plantable space. Pick containers that fit your style: terracotta for a Mediterranean garden, corten steel for a modern space, galvanized horse troughs for a funky or eclectic one.

  • Be bold. Choose plants that have unusual texture, shape, color or blooms. Make sure each container or small bed has a focal point plant- something larger or taller than the other accent plants.

  • Think evergreen first. Small gardens don't have the space needed to allow for dormancy. Choose evergreens shrubs and conifers as focal points, and hardy grasses or grass-like accents to compliment them. For example, Dwarf Pagoda Japanese Holly could be your focal point with Sweet Flag and Dragon's Blood Stonecrop as accents.

Just about whatever you want in a full size landscape you can have in a small one. A Japanese garden in a 25’x10’ backyard? Yep. A water feature or sand garden? We have done that too.

Need help with your new landscape in Happy Valley, OR?