Ask a master gardener and they will tell you, the surest way to a flourishing garden is the establishing of native plants. In the Pacific Northwest, this means luscious tall grasses, fragrant fruit trees and a litany of vibrant flowers and flowering shrubs. Our verdant corner of the nation is a fertile wonderland of enchanting flora, much of it as at home in dense forests as it is in your front yard. That means that making seasonally attractive landscaping choices for your home is as easy as looking to the wild areas of the Willamette Valley.
But before your garden can erupt into your own personal Eden, consider rainwater harvesting. Harvesting winter and spring rains will leave you in fine condition to keep your plants hydrated into the warmer seasons when water becomes more of a commodity.
Spring brings with it brilliant splashes of chromatics, from the sunny yellow of our endless daffodil varieties to the spectrum of tulips that burst forth as spring finds its legs. Consider lining walkways with annual bulbs, staggering the planning to ensure blooms well into the spring season.
Apart from colorful, thriving native plants, one trend we adore is the reusing of concrete to create paved patio areas and walkways. Portland’s DIY ethos manifests in this design trend, but far from crafty, it can result is streamlined, efficient, modern looking landscaping.
Less of a trend and more of a lifestyle choice is the creation of livable areas in your out of doors. Pergolas, gazebos, and overhangs can be created (in the DIY spirit of Portland) from upcycled materials and will give you the perfect space to enjoy your garden, rain or shine.
The perfect garden starts with the perfect house and the perfect house starts with the perfect mortgage. Contact Stonebridge Mortgage today to see what options are available to you.