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Part of the Portland Metro Area’s Design DNA: A History of Building Gardens and Outdoor Living Spaces

Drake’s 7 Dees Landscape Design

Since 1974 Drake’s 7 Dees Landscape Design has been installing premier residential gardens and outdoor living spaces that are informed by our proven & award-winning design process. To honor this, we offer the unique opportunity to speak directly with a designer at your convenience.

Schedule a complimentary 30 minute phone conversation to discuss your landscape design project.

Contact us by email | Call us: (503) 292-9121

Get the FREE Drake’s 7 Dees 2020 Landscape Design Guide

Drake’s 7 Dees 2020 Design Guide is the product of over six decades of landscape design and construction in popular Portland neighborhoods. It’s a must-read for anyone thinking of redoing or upgrading their landscape. Get the download and be ready to get inspired! Then contact Drake’s 7 Dees to find out how we can transform your Portland landscape.

West Slope

is a fresh and fun outdoor space that the whole family and neighborhood will enjoy.


is tailored for those who are ready to take their property to the next level and make an investment that will truly appreciate over time.


invites you to explore the possibilities of sustainable living, self-sufficiency, and an overall reduction of your family’s impact on the environment.


helps you imagine and realize the confluence of green, urban living and contemporary design.


stays true to the many architectural styles found in Portland, using select materials to create a garden that will never go out of style.

Landscape Services

Because Drake’s 7 Dees is a full-service landscape design and build company, you spend less time coordinating between designers, contractors, and sub-contractors and more time enjoying the excellent results. Our time-tested practices establish a smoother and more enjoyable process, strong client-contractor teamwork, and delivers a superior end-product. It’s an approach that many people don’t imagine — unless, of course, they’ve worked with us in the past. Just as an artist does more than cover a canvas with paint, Drake’s 7 Dees approaches landscaping with artistic creativity, intentional design, and confident professionalism.

Your yard is an influential part of your home. Improving it optimizes your enjoyment, resale value, and entertainment. Whatever your reason, we’d be honored to serve you. View our Selected Work.

Introductory Meeting

A Senior Design Associate from Drake’s 7 Dees will meet with you at your home to discuss your landscape goals. Based upon the extent of your landscape desires, the Design Associate will present a ‘Design Proposal’ that represents the number of ‘design hours’ required to produce a set of detailed Landscape Plans specific to your property.

Conceptual Landscape Plan & Preliminary Budget Review

During a ‘Working Meeting’ at Drake’s 7 Dees office (or Phone conference) the Designer will present a Conceptual Landscape Plan based on your input from the Site Analysis meeting. An illustrated ‘plan view’ of your property will be presented which incorporates your stated landscape goals. Construction material selections will also be discussed and chosen at this time. A ‘Statement of Values’ will provide preliminary construction costs for the various elements of the Landscape Plan. As a ‘working meeting’… this will be the time for your critical input to ‘craft’ a plan for your home’s landscaping that meets both your aesthetic and budget objectives.

Landscape Plan Presentation & Construction Proposal

A final Design Meeting will be scheduled with the Senior Design Associate to present the revised Landscape Plan and an itemized Construction Proposal for the installation of your new landscape. Modifications to the ‘scope of services’ presented in the Construction Proposal can be accomplished at this time. Your approval of the Landscape Plan and your Signature on the Construction Proposal will give Drake’s 7 Dees the ‘thumps up’ to schedule the transformation of your landscape.

Design, installation, maintenance, repairs and backflow testing – Drake’s 7 Dees does it all!

Our Drake’s 7 Dees certified irrigation technicians are the best in the business with over 40 combined years of experience. They are licensed and certified in both Oregon and Washington for backflow installation and testing. LCB #5259.

New Irrigation Installation

We can design and install a system that meets all of your irrigation needs.

Existing Irrigation System

We can update and fine tune your existing system for optimal performance.


We work on all systems: Rainbird, Toro, Hunter, Orbit, and others.

Backflow Installation and Testing

Our technicians are licensed and certified in both Oregon and Washington for Backflow assembly installation and testing, plus we’ll submit your test results to the water purveyor. Irrigation system backflow prevention devices are used to protect our water supply from contamination or pollution such as fertilizers and pesticides and are required by law to be tested annually.

WIFI Controller Upgrade

We can upgrade your old controller to a new WIFI controller so you can control your irrigation system from your phone anywhere in the world.

Annual Maintenance

Our Winterization and Spring Turn On Program will leave you worry-free. Let Drake’s help you protect your investment. Emergency irrigation repairs due to freeze damage are costly and inconvenient. Protecting your system can save you time and money. Prices for services are listed below and we offer a 10% discount if you sign up before October 15th.

Whether you need regularly scheduled visits or a one-time intensive service, Drake’s can create a custom Plant Health Care plan that’s right for you.

When it comes to your yard, a little help from a master can protect your investment, paying dividends for years to come. Drake’s Private Gardener service has been caring for our clients’ plants, trees, and gardens for more than 25 years. Our expert pruning skills, vast plant knowledge, and fantastic work ethic have made our services invaluable to our clients.

During our visit(s) we’ll ensure that your plants and trees are expertly pruned and kept healthy and attractive. Best of all, you can spend less time maintaining your yard and more time enjoying it–we’ll contact you when it’s time to schedule your next service.

Professional Services:

  • Artisan pruning of ornamental trees and shrubs
  • Artisan pruning for topiaries and espaliers
  • Seasonal landscape clean-up
    Storm damage clean-up and restoration

While we’re there, we can also help with:

  • Cleaning, reshaping, and detailing beds
  • Localized organic fertilizing and weed control
  • Lawn health care and revitalization
  • Lighting and irrigation checkup
  • Monitoring trees and shrubs for insect or disease infestations

Drake’s 7 Dees Landscape Feature Editorials

The work Drake’s 7 Dees produces has been recognized by premier publishing oganizations such as GRAY, Oregon Home Magazine, and HOUZZ just to name a few. 

Featured in GRAY Magazine

A Modern Backyard Pavilion Built for All Seasons

This sleek outdoor escape appears light and airy, but its design DNA is all concrete, hi-tech glass, and steel.

Read more here on GRAY

HOUZZ Feature Editorial

Patio of the Week: Inviting Terrace in Oregon Inspired by Italy

Warm-colored stonework and intimate seating areas strung with lights help to bring the magic of an Italian holiday home.

Read the entire feature Editorial here on HOUZZ

Oregon Home Magazine Spotlight

A Pacific Northwest Patio takes its Cues From Rome

Joe and Christine Johnston had just returned from Rome when they contacted Drake’s 7 Dees about creating their dream backyard.

Continue reading at Oregon Home Magazine