March 06, 2008

Landscape Design

One of the big deciding points in moving to Central Oregon was the different climate. I knew the plants I was using in my garden in Silverton wouldn't do well here, and since I really don't like working in the yard, thought this would be a good excuse to go native.

These two photos were taken in our Silverton back yard. The front flower beds were the same: packed full of perennials.


And now we have this:

We're hiring a landscape designer.


18 comments:

Fog and Thistle said...

Oooh, I'd love to hear about how your experience with a landscape designer goes. I so want to hire one when we have the extra $ in our household budget.

Your old garden photos are stunning, I'm sure you will come up with a lush and beautiful garden in your new home.

jewelstreet said...

lol. I think we are sisters lost at birth. I have been trying to plan my landscape as well.

You amaze me with all the beautiful things you do. Your old garden was/is simply fabulous. I think some yards just don't want you to know what they want to be.

Caroline said...

Bwahahahaha. That's what my "landscape" would probably look like, too. Your old garden is amazing!

High Desert Diva said...

That's certainly the problem I'm having with this. Mark keeps telling me I can do it myself, and I look out there and think HELL no! I don't even know where to start.

Chucka Stone Designs said...

LOL! I would have hired the landscape designer long before even trying but you guys did an awesome job already with what you had to work with here! Can't wait to see how the designer spins the yard for optimum potential :)

Hey Harriet said...

I like the minimalist look of your current garden. Very Zen! Ohm...

tatsuko said...

Wow, such a contrast with the lushness you had before... I'm sure if you can just get some ideas from a landscape designer, you can then go it alone with your own creativity! Your home looks great, I'm sure your garden would too ☺

M.KATE said...

My dearest Diva, what a beautiful place you have there, makes me want to visit you. You are so lucky to have a big land where you can plan all those beautiful landscaping, cant wait to see more, am sure it will be fabulous. have a fantastic weekend :)

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

Be sure and ask your designer about xeroscape (plants that can tolerate a dry climate). We don't get any rain here in central Oregon once the snow stops, so if you plant grass, you'll be watering every day for a couple of hours a day. I'm kind of a minimalist, so I LIKE the way your driveway area looks now! :) Thanks for leaving the lovely comment on our blog. BTW, the paper is scrapbook paper from Michaels. Jo :)

Nicole R.J. said...

Oh wow, what a change! Living in Canada I have absolute no advice - though I can't wait to see what your designer creates!

Karen from A`Musements said...

Sad little Diva with your red pumice... When I was marooned in Reno, for a couple of years another lifetime ago, I decided a can of green spray paint was the ticket. Didn't work out so well. I would highly recommend water features (so it at least 'sounds' lush) after the weather is warmer of course, and rhodies or some bush that can take the heat but stay green.... Put on your thinking cap (read: Tiara) and you'll be fine.
Mr. Greenjeans sends his love.

Cicada Studio said...

Perennials rock. I love my blooming annuals, but they are expense and alas, they don't last. I spend about 3 solid days during the growing season tending to them- early spring, early summer, late summer. It's a labor of love!

High Desert Diva said...

Xeriscaping is definitely on the list. As is deer & fire resistant, low maintenance, and native plantings.

I'm not a believer in trying to make the desert look like a golf course. Water is too precious a resource to waste on lawns.

BaldyLocks said...

I'm all for the all natural gardening technique. I prefer the English garden which, I'm sure, is just all about letting things grow out of control.

Your yard would be perfect for kids playing soccer, football, crochet and boccie ball.

Karine said...

Look how beautiful your Silverton yard photos are! I bet you are missing it now. I think you did the right thing, hiring a landscape designer. It will save you time and money, to get someone who is knowledgable about native plants. Good luck!

amy said...

Wow, I absolutely love how your blue furniture goes Perfectly with the blues and greens in your landscaping. It's gorgeous. So subtle yet it pops. Not sure if that makes sense. Whatever, I just love it. Hello jealous.

canyouhearme? said...

Silverton, huh? HELLO from Salem! Yay for Oregon!

Amanda said...

I'm sorry! I know it sucks. I live in central Oregon too. :-)