Asian-influenced Garden in Oregon

This landscape design build project started with a simple request: make the landscape more usable, more private, and add a Japanese influence. We utilized stone walls, cedar screens, and a carefully curated plant list to accomplish all these goals. Let me know what you think!
The old landscape consisted of tired plants and a sloping lawn area.
This elevated patio put the family on a stage when they used it. Privacy for this area was a high priority.
As you can see here, the neighborhood dogs enjoyed "using" the grass. We tackled that irritation too.
The front yard is no longer formless, being well defined by the walls and screen.
Cedar Screens
These cedar screens (a Ross NW Watergardens specialty) emphasize the Japanese influence more than any other element.
The dry creek area is functional, containing a dry well. The plantings above (especially the vine maples and mountain pepper) will provide the privacy we need here.
The new, much smaller, lawn area is functional. It acts as a path from the front walkway to the back patio area. The beds along the house contain Soft Caress Oregon Grape and a really special Chief Joseph Pine.
Dry Creek
The is a prominent corner and it is now anchored by a dry creek that hides a dry well.
The stone wall eliminated most of the slope and keeps dogs out of the yard. And man is it beautiful!
Dogs may still have access to this narrow rock strip, but the homeowners can handle that!
Stone wall and sedge
Closeup of the wall and bog planting.
Stone Wall
Closeup of the wall.
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