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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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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10 Tips for Gardening with Children

  Children are natural gardeners. They are curious and learn by experiencing new things. They love to dig, they love dirt, and most even love worms. Here are some tips to help you and your little gardener have a great time growing together this season. Let them have their own space. Whether it is within […]

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The benefits of a Grafted Tomato

What is a grafted tomato plant? A grafted tomato plant is actually two plants that are spliced or grafted together just above the soil line. What happens is the grower selects a tomato plant that has a superior, vigorous and disease resistant root system and cuts the plant off from the roots. They then select […]

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Winter Vegetables

Cold Crops or Cole Crops? What’s the difference? Well, lets just say that the terms have become interchangeable over time. Cold crops refer to vegetables that can be grown in cooler weather or climates while Cole crops are any vegetable in the mustard or cruciferae family, most of which happen to grow well in cooler […]

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