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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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Native Garden Wide Shot, Portland, Oregon

Native Garden

Working with an existing Chinese palm tree and an Asian accented Craftsmen home, this native inspired garden incorporates many indigenous elements of the Pacific Northwest with a more eastern sensibility. This garden attracts many hummingbirds and pollinators while boasting full, amazing color spring through late fall. This landscape design fuses traditions from Japanese gardens – […]

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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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Mediterranean Gravel Garden, Drought-Tolerant

Mediterranean Gravel Garden

A stone path winds through this Mediterranean-themed gravel garden. Lavender ‘Hidcote’ and orange Helianthemum ‘Henfield Brilliant’ flowers brightly contrast against the rich rock hues in this drought-tolerant example of designing with color. Proving that a small space doesn’t have to be boring, this garden packs a punch of color that stays throughout the season. After […]

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