Northwest
Understory

A dappled shade backyard under the canopy of multiple fir trees required careful plant selection -- plants that love shade but don't need too much moisture while competing with tree roots. Low maintenance Native woodland plants like Oregon grape, ferns, and bleeding heart made up the understory, while some garden favorites like hydrangea and rhododendron lend seasonal color. Once filled in, evergreen groundcovers and Japanese grasses will gently grace the border of the garden, softening the astro turf installed for an active family. 

The existing lawn was rolled up and placed face down to create natural berms to add height to the new garden beds. Left to break down over a season, then topped with fresh soil, plants were added in the fall -- the ideal time for planting NW natives. A curved shape was used for the astro turf to showcase the garden beds. Rocks will be added along the border.

LOCATION

Lake Oswego

GARDEN GOALS

- Backyard Habitat Certification

- Native plant habitat

- Dry shade tolerance

- Natural look to soften astro turf lawn

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BEFORE

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AFTER

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Transplanted hydrangeas from the front yard are repurposed in a more suitable shady location

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The design