Rain, Rain, Rain. Excess Rainwater and Design

Rainwater Design Elements Design elements that work with excess rainwater instead of against it. In the Pacific Northwest, it rains; everyone knows this. So far, 2017 is especially wet and dreary, and those few peaks of sunlight feel like a lifeline to warmer and brighter times. But before we all move on to flowers, long […]

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Oregon Natives, The Best Low-Maintenance Landscape

Low-Maintenance Landscape Design In our Design Studio, we get a lot of requests for a low-maintenance landscapes. While spending time in the garden is important to some, others have different responsibilities that keep them from doing that, or just have a general lack of interest/ability to really nurture their outdoor space.  No judgement here, sometimes […]

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Successful Gardening in a Coastal Environment

We often get asked what plants do well in a coastal situation. Having just returned from a week on the southern Oregon coast, I had the time and opportunity to see for myself, and am happy to share some good options. Here in western Oregon we have what is usually referred to as a Mediterranean […]

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Steel in the contemporary garden

The versatility of steel in a contemporary garden Few materials do more for a slick, contemporary feel in modern landscape design than steel and concrete. Because they have the same thermal expansion rate, steel is a required component for concrete reinforcement. Now, while this is a good use of the material’s properties as such, it does nothing for […]

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Garden Color in Winter and Spring

Amend your existing garden with color The most successful garden designs incorporate and make the best of their settings. Amending an existing design with garden color requires a healthy dose of sensitivity to existing conditions, an eye for plant health, and the ability to capitalize on inherent strong points and dominant features that are already in […]

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Drake’s 7 Dees Landscape Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service   Drake’s has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014. “Angie’s List is such a great tool for our landscape clients!  It’s been […]

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