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Urban Woodland Garden

This beautifully renovated 1902 Craftsman style/Queen Anne home in SE Portland is a south-facing steeply sloped property with large deciduous trees. The owner wanted to transform this wooded, sloped landscape into an easy to maintain yard with an outdoor garden room in the back for entertaining. The front entrance needed concrete demolition and replacement with a natural stone walkway to the front porch steps. For the ornamental plantings, we focused on variegated plants and flowering plants in purples and whites. We plan to add a water feature and make use of architectural art pieces to embellish the environment in the backyard.

The owner likes variety and mixed textures, fragrances without a chaotic feeling. This lovely woodland landscape – with an open backyard – was transformed into an easy to maintain woodland perennial cottage garden with a focus on purple, white and variegated greens.