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Steel edging is long-lasting and takes on a lovely patina with weathering

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The flowers filling out one summer after planting

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Lavenders and Jerusalem sage combine for a drought tolerant hub for bees

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A wider path allows for main traffic while a winding side path encourages a slow stroll among the plants, taking in the textures and smells

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Slab pavers and gravel paths with inlayed solar lights

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Autumn color. Waiting to cut back plants until spring provides shelter and foraging materials for insects, and seed heads for birds

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Desert plants like Opuntia cactus will thrive in the heat of the hellstrip rock garden

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We killed the grass through sheet mulching with cardboard and fir wood chips

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freshly planted, before fence installation

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Planting day!

Modern
Pollinator
Garden

Tally wanted the front yard to match the newly updated mid-century modern aesthetic of her house. She also needed a low-maintenance and drought-tolerant garden to accommodate her busy work and travel lifestyle.

 

We got rid of the lawn using a sheet mulch method with cardboard and wood chips. After 5 months, the soil was ready to shape into garden beds. We created an island berm and planted it heavily with pollinator supportive flowers, shrubs, grasses, and groundcovers for a carpeted mosaic of year round color and texture. Lots of drought-tolerant evergreen shrubs with blue-silver foliage to contrast against the dark blue house color were utilized for year-round appeal. A few deciduous trees with burgundy-purple foliage offer bold color and fall interest.

 

The sidewalk strip of lawn was replaced with a rock garden containing desert plants like yucca, cacti, callistemon, and agave to soak up the heat.

LOCATION

Buckman Neighborhood,

NE Portland

GARDEN GOALS

- get rid of lawn

- low maintenance

- curbside appeal

- pollinator habitat

- blue/silver and burgundy foliage to compliment house