5 Plants for a Low Maintenance Landscape

plants for a low maintenance landscape

A “low maintenance landscape” is one of the most common requests we receive from prospective landscaping clients. You’ve likely heard the term, though may wonder what exactly a low maintenance landscape is. Generally speaking, the goal is to reduce landscape maintenance time and costs. Though keep in mind, all landscapes will require some sort of maintenance, and if […]

Inspired by… Windcliff

Windcliff garden

We made our first trip to Windcliff, Dan Hinkley’s esteemed garden in Indianola, on a hot Saturday afternoon in early June. It was a Northwest Perennial Alliance Garden Open Day. If you missed it, do not worry. There are plenty of opportunities to visit Windcliff this summer. The road that one travels to reach this destination does […]

4 Things We’ve Learned From Our 1st Vegetable Garden

organic vegetable gardening

We’re longtime landscapers and first-time veggie gardeners. Vegetable gardening is an undertaking that many want to try, but don’t know how to begin and become intimidated by the thought of it. Sure, we could have waited to start until we constructed raised beds for our garden, like we did here for our clients, but we […]

5 Tropical Plants for Zone 8

tropical plants for zone 8

We declared on Facebook that 2015 is the year that we break out of our comfort zone and plant tropical plants. Over Christmas break, we did something we had not done in years: we took a trip to the library. I returned home with George Little and David Lewis’ gem of a book A Garden […]

Plants & Trees for Fall Color

beautyberry in fall

If you’re in search of the right plants and trees for fall color in the Pacific Northwest, this blog post is for you. Thoughtful plant design results in a garden that offers year-round interest, and fall is the season when some plants finally have their time to shine. Horticulture consultant Christina Pfeiffer noted at a […]

2014 NW Flower & Garden Show

Garden Show

If keeping up with landscaping trends and outdoor spaces is important to you, there’s no better event to go to in the Seattle area than the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.  It’s an annual destination for Colby and I, and what many local garden aficionados consider to be the harbinger of spring’s soon arrival. This […]

Costa Rica in 7 Photos

For much of the recent holiday break and well into January, Colby and I took some much needed time off to travel, unplug and recharge. There’s no better inspiration for landscapers than turning to nature to see the flora and fauna in another part of the world.  Costa Rica was our main destination; we also […]

Manette Edible Gardens Tour 2013

Bremerton landscaping

The 2nd annual Manette Edible Gardens Tour de Coop happened earlier this month on Saturday, August 3rd.  My company for that day was my 6-year-old nephew, Preston, and 3-year-old niece, Olive.  I would be lying if I said that I did not have an agenda.  My goal was to not only give them an unforgettable […]

Bainbridge in Bloom 2013

shade garden landscaping

Bainbridge in Bloom celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this month, and we were there to participate. It was our very first time enjoying the self-guided tour, which featured five Bainbridge Island gardens in five different neighborhoods.  If we would have gotten our act together early enough in the day, we would have had the time […]


Little and Lewis

Garden aficionados are truly blessed this year, as famed Heronswood garden has been open twice already in 2013, with another open day coming up in September.  Heronswood is now owned and operated by the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe who purchased it last summer.  The S’Klallam Tribe plans community events, plant sales, and other fundraising efforts […]

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