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Planting with Sedges

Siberian iris, grasses and an espaliered camellia on a custom trellis enhance a blank wall.

Planting River Rock and Birch

River birch, grasses shrubs and perennials create a lawn-free front yard that natural, casual and low maintenance.

Planting with Sedges

'Baggesen's Gold' honeysuckle shrub and 'Bowle's Golden' sedge balance a fine textured landscape against the coarse heaviness of this Post Modern block house.

Planting with Fescue

The round form of blue fescue 'Elijah Blue' is reaffirmed by sculpture in the landscape.

Urban Strip Planting

This urban hell-strip planting is drought tolerant and only 9 months old. Soil amendment is the key to success.

Plantings for a Wall

Vertical foliage of carex, liriope and flax break up the horizontal lines of the wall.

Planting with Lavender and Italian Cypress

Lavender and Italian cypress in the landscape reinforce this home's Mediterranean Style.

Planting with Phormium, Cypress and Heathers

Vibrant heathers, chartreuse cypress and phormium create a bold combination for a front yard landscape.

Planting with Raised Vegetable Bed

A raised vegetable bed, purple sage, Spanish lavender, creeping thyme and heathers soften the sunny side of a patio.

Landscape with Grasses, Heather and Perennials

A useless, sloping front lawn was replaced by grasses, heathers and perennials for a variety of color and texture.

Planting with Blue Grasses

   Blue grasses and chartreuse foliage compliment the house colors and create a showy and bright front yard design.

Shade Plantings


Woodland Style Planting for Shade

This varied woodland garden provides a lush carpet year-round

Shady Landscape with Firepit

A shaded out lawn has been replaced with a firepit, seating area and shade loving plants.

Shade Loving Hosta

Hosta 'June', adds boldness to a traditional shady plant design.

Plantings for Shade Along a Path

Shady areas need not be devoid of a lush undergrowth. Here, a variety of leaf size, shape and color create interest in this landscape.

Plantings for a Mix of sun and Shade


Landscape Plantings with Mix of Sun and Shade Loving Plants

A variety of sedges can handle both shade and sun throughout the day.

Landscape Plantings with Mix of Sun and Shade Loving Plants

A mix of sunny and shady areas are filled with a tapestry of low maintenance plants in this front yard design.

Plantings Near a Sunny Wall

Vine maple, sedge and sword fern provide contrast against a brick background in a landscape that receives morning but not afternoon sun.

 Landscapes Before

Landscape - Before

Donna's house shortly after purchase had a typicaly landscaped yard planted with lawn and severly tortured shrubs.

Landscape - After

Landscapes After

Years later the shrubs that were retained have assumed more natural proportions and the lawn has been replaced with a gravel path, courtyard and an informal planting style, creating a place to relax and chat with the community.

Path with Landscaping

Donna's informal front path in early spring is flanked by heather and veronica.

Donna Giguere,  APLD
          Landscape Design

              Portland, OR