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No lawn now for this West Seattle Garden

Our design gave our client the beautiful and easy care garden she wanted

Our client wanted an easy care garden that would be attractive all year.

The backyard was mostly lawn.

The backyard was mostly lawn.

Now a gravel path and stepping stones beckon you to walk through.

Now a gravel path and stepping stones beckon you to walk through.

The view towards the house was uninspiring.

The view towards the house was uninspiring.

Now stepping stones and a dry stream bed add visual interest.

Now stepping stones and a dry stream bed add visual interest.

The deck stairs had an awkward landing pad.

The deck stairs had an awkward landing pad.

Dennis created a new graceful landing.

Dennis created a new graceful landing.

 There was more lawn on the other side of the yard and weeds under the deck.

There was more lawn on the other side of the yard and weeds under the deck.

 

 The new path leads through the garden and wood chips keep down weeds under the deck.

The new path leads through the garden and wood chips keep down weeds under the deck.

 The dry stream bed is attractive from the deck or the garden.

The dry stream bed is attractive from the deck or the garden.

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Cottage garden makeover in West Seattle

Cottage garden in West Seattle

A cottage garden in West Seattle

This charming little garden needed some sprucing up.

This charming little garden needed some sprucing up.

We used pavers to make the front walkway larger and more colorful.

We installed pavers to make the front walkway larger and more colorful.

The plants blocked the narrow walkway.

Plants blocked the narrow walkway.

We relocated the large shrubs and added pavers to widen the walkway.

The front entry lacked focus.

The front entry lacked focus.

Now the entry

Now the entry is defined and inviting.

The plants blocked the front window

The plants blocked the front window

New plants are the right size for the small garden.

New plants are the right size for the small garden.

The change is stunning. We keep finding awesome little details. Well done and high fives all around – Cheryl and John

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Seattle back yard make over

This backyard was mainly grass and a patio when our client asked us to make it special.

Our clients asked us to make their back yard special.

A lawn and patio

Before it was mostly lawn with a patio in the far corner.

Now it is a garden

Now it is a garden.

Wooden stakes show the future path.

Wooden stakes show the future path and planting beds.

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The water feature surrounded by plants is the focal point from the patio.

The front bed needed some weeding and care.

The front bed needed some attention.

Stepping stones provide visual interest and access through a wide bed.

Stepping stones provide visual interest and access through a wide bed.

Like many urbanites, I am green thumb less, but I don’t want my yard to look that way. Thank goodness for Northwest Botanicals! Working with Pat, Dennis and their team was an absolute pleasure. They transformed my very lackluster back and front yards into dream yards worthy of the cover of Better Homes and Gardens! They were very reasonably priced, extremely fast (one-week turnaround) and amazingly talented. Even my neighbors asked for their info after seeing the magic they did at my place. I highly recommend Northwest Botanicals!-Susan

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Tiny town house garden transformed

Small town house garden in Ballard

Small gardens like this one in Seattle require extra attention to detail.

Design sketch

Our sketch shows what the new garden would be. 

Small Seattle garden

Before, the garden was so overgrown the patio was barely visible.

Small Seattle garden

After, the garden looks inviting even as fall moves into winter.

Small Seattle garden

The front steps were almost obscured by the large plants.

Small Seattle garden

After the cleanup the water feature is apparent but not very interesting.

Seattle small garden

Our design called for a dry stream bed leading to the water feature and plants that fit the size of the garden.

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Landscaping for curb appeal in West Seattle

Overgrown front garden

Our clients needed help getting their house ready to sell.

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We pruned and cleaned up the front garden to make it appealing to potential buyers!

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The front gravel walkway was weedy and overgrown.

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Now it is a welcoming entry.

overgrown shrubs

The side yard was very overgrown.

 

Now it is bright and open.

Now it is bright and open.

The shrubs blocked the windows

Shrubs blocked the windows.

The shrubs have been tamed to let more light inside.

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Expert Tips for Seattle Gardeners

We were very pleased to be included in this edition of Seattle Met Magazine:

Seattle Met

Expert Tips for Seattle Gardeners

21 local plant and landscape experts share their green-thumb and design secrets.

Published May 1, 2014
By Angela Cabotaje

Remember the Birds…Birds at water

A birdbath or stone basin can be a much-needed focal point in a garden that attracts birds year-round. Be sure to site it near a path instead of in a flower bed for easy cleaning and refilling. —Pat Reh, garden designer and general manager, Northwest Botanicals, northwestbotanicals.com

Follow this link to see the all of the expert garden tips.

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West Seattle Garden Renovation

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Our client wanted to turn his lack luster back yard into a place to relax and entertain.

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This small West Seattle garden was dominated by a big leaf maple and moss and weeds.

West Seattle Garden renovation

With the addition of an outdoor rug and furniture, it will be a pleasant place to sit and entertain friends.

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The back yard was just used for storage and to park the car.

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Now it is a lush and colorful space.

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The featureless back yard was uninviting.

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Now the bark path beckons you into the tiny garden.

“Thank you again, Northwest Botanicals. I enjoyed working with you and am very pleased with the results.” – Craig

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