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Top 3 Landscaping tips for Oregon City

Nestled in the beauty of the Willamette valley, Oregon city has a historic homes, abundant trees, and spacious properties. Oregon City offers this unique canvas for creating truly cool landscapes. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, these top 3 landscaping tips will help you elevate your outdoor space, or at least give you some food for thought for creating your own tranquil oasis in Oregon City.

1. Using Stone to Evoke a Sense of Permanence and Natural Beauty

When incorporating stone into your landscape design, you can greatly enhance the sense of permanence and natural beauty of your outdoor space. Oregon city has a lot of rocky ridges and incorporating some local stone can make a landscape feel older. The use of stones in pathways, retaining walls, or decorative features can evoke a timeless quality, grounding the garden in its surroundings. Not only does stone provide durability and low maintenance, but it also adds a touch of elegance and texture to the overall aesthetic. In Oregon City, blending the organic charms of dense lush planting with the enduring presence of stone can create a balanced and inviting garden that evolves gracefully throughout the seasons. Much like you’ll see in our lovely parks and trails with rocky outcrops of Oregon grape under Oregon white oaks. Look at Canemah bluff park or Newell creek canyon for inspiration. Minus the poison oak and blackberry!

2. Creating Sustainable Landscapes with Native Plants

I’ve said it before, but native plants play a crucial role in sustainable landscaping practices in Oregon City. Oregon Grape, Oregon Iris, and snowberry, mountain hemlock are just a few examples of native flora that not only thrive in the local climate but also support the area’s ecosystem by attracting pollinators and wildlife.

Incorporating native plants into your landscape design not only reduces maintenance and water needs but also promotes biodiversity. These plants are naturally adapted to the region’s soil and weather conditions, making them hardy and resilient base for any garden. Try spacing out your evergreen plants and leaving room for seasonal interest like herbaceous flowering perennials and texturally interesting grasses to flourish between them.

3. Maximizing Outdoor Spaces: Don’t be afraid of “destination” Patios and Gardens

Transforming your outdoor spaces into inviting retreats involves a combination of thoughtful design and practical tips. In Oregon city, some people have pretty large properties so it can seem overwhelming when starting to craft a plan that uses more of that space. Try creating distinct zones of use within your garden, such as a cozy destination patio area, a lush green space that preserves the views of the sky, or a functional vegetable garden within a few strides of the kitchen. Try to add depth and functionality to your landscape by placing some really functional spaces further out into the property with an easy to walking path surface to connect it to the house.

Integrating elements like pergolas, trellises, and arbors enhances the aesthetic appeal of your garden but can also provides structure and support for climbing plants, lights, or shade elements. These vertical elements define a space by adding visual weight but also creates a functional place to visit in the landscape.

Select furniture and decor that complements your landscape design can elevate the overall ambiance of your outdoor area. Teak and natural wood tones are great for “organic modern” type aesthetics, but also rustic features like boulder and beam benches or concrete and stone can work really great on this big properties in Oregon city and can feel like a central-Oregon retreat right at home. The details of the styling and lighting in your landscape can make it uniquely “you” and give you something lovely to look at from the house windows as well as when you’re out enjoying the outdoors.

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