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Landscaping with rocks in Seattle gardens

Rocks off house

Creating a dry steam bed is an attractive and practical way of keeping soil from splashing against the house in the rain.

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It is also an effective method for dispersing water pouring from a downspout away from the house foundation.

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Parking strips are often difficult areas for plants to thrive and are likely to become full of weeds.

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A dry stream bed adds a beautiful element to the landscape, helps keep the weeds down and makes it easier for people getting out of cars.

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Puppy friendly garden in Seattle

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Our clients have an active new puppy.

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Low fences around the beds were the solution to keep the puppy out of the garden.

 

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We selected easy care plants and added stepping stones for access. Voila! An attractive solution for everyone to enjoy, just in time for Summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seattle courtyard makeover

The narrow beds in the courtyard made it difficult for large plants to thrive.

The narrow beds in the courtyard made it difficult for large plants to thrive.

Large pots with bamboo and ilex are a sophisticated and practical alternative.

Large pots with bamboo and ilex are a sophisticated and practical alternative.

The pieris had grown too large for its space along the fence.

The pieris had grown too large for its space along the fence.

The pieris now has room and also provides some screening.

We relocated the pieris and now it and the cat are much happier.

Evergreen plants will provide year round interest in this small courtyard.

Evergreen plants in pots will provide year round interest in this small courtyard.

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Spring has sprung in Seattle

Spring and an adorable dog are a welcome site in Seattle.

Spring and an adorable dog are both a welcome sight in Seattle.

Hellebores are bursting into bloom.

Hellebores are bursting into bloom.

Daffodils are easy care plants that return each year to announce the beginning of Spring.

Daffodils are easy care plants that return each year to announce the beginning of Spring.

A sunny Spring day in Seattle beckons you out into the garden.

A sunny Spring day in Seattle beckons you out into the garden.

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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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