Perrenial Garden with Japanese Maple - Wide Shot with Path

Perennial Garden with Japanese Maple

What began with a bold choice in house color led to a lush, deep red inspiration to paint palate of this urban perennial garden, elegantly showcasing five majestic Japanese maples and blending beautifully with the existing architecture and colors of the property. The idea for this garden started with the rich shade of red we […]

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Pondless Stream with Rocks

Pondless Stream

Fulfilling the requirements of beauty and safety, this pondless stream takes advantage of gravity to create a babbling brook down artfully placed boulders and greenery. Water features are a great way to bring a natural melody to any creative landscape. This Portland client had just two wishes, a special alternative to his bland, boring lawn, […]

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Rock Gardens

The premise of ditching the traditional bland, boring lawn in favor of a low maintenance, drought-tolerant alternative is gaining in popularity, especially here in the Pacific Northwest where rainy winters and hot dry summer reign. Oregonians are embracing the Mediterranean lifestyle in their landscape and xeriscape designs and we are happy to be a part […]

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Paths and Gates

Hardscapes and softscapes should melt together, as a path melts into the forest. Rocks or boulders should be placed to appear as if they were pushed up from below by forces of nature and then softened by time. There’s a balance between what’s natural and what’s imposed, and at Creative Landscapes, Inc., we listen to […]

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Xeriscape with Boulders, from Sidewalk

Xeriscape with Boulders

The bold choice to remove a wall led to a restoration of a garden slope that lent itself to improved drainage and a more interesting setting for the plants to be appreciated in. This drought-tolerant design is a great low maintenance option and only needs watering 7-8 times through the summer. Xeriscape gardens use environmental […]

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Mediterranean Rock Garden, Portland, Oregon

Mediterranean Rock Garden

Believe it or not, our moderate climate with its cool rainy winters and dry hot summers is an ideal setting for a Mediterranean-inspired garden. Many of our clients in Portland’s central residential neighborhoods are choosing to take out their traditional lawns in favor of this drought-tolerant option. After taking out the lawn, we created a […]

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